Alumni in the News: Spring 2017

Posted on April 05, 2017
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Marching with the Bluecoats gives members a diverse experience and after drum corps they move on to very varied lifestyles.  Here are three recent news articles featuring our very own! Home is where the Kidney is (Dr. Lynsey Biondi: Baritone, 1994) After Lynsey’s marching days she turned to medicine and is now a sought-after specialist with Kidney transplants.  Recently featured in the Ft. Myers, Florida news, Dr. Biondi was recruited by the the Gulf Coast Medical Center to re-start

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Alumni Feature: Brad Gessner

Posted on March 30, 2017
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Brad Gessner, 1981-1982, Soprano/Drum Major; 1986-2008 Volunteer/Board Member Brad Gessner joined the Bluecoats in 1981 marching soprano, and returned in 1982 as drum major. After aging out, he drove a bus for the Bluecoats, sold souvies, and occasionally cooked. He was also on the Bluecoats Board of Directors from 1986-2008, serving ten years as Chairman of the Board, and was inducted into the Bluecoats Hall of Fame in 1994.  Brad grew up in Austintown, Ohio

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Alumni Feature: John Kowal

Posted on February 27, 2017
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John Kowal: 1979-1983, ’85 Percussion John Kowal became a Bluecoat in 1979 and marched in Bluecoats and Phantom Regiment until 1986, his age-out year. John is presently living just outside of Houston Texas, working as a mechanical engineer for the NASA Johnson Space Center. He has one twelve year old son and two step-daughters ages 19 and 23. Q: How has Bluecoats impacted your life? A: One of the things I’ve noticed about different organizations or institutions

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Alumni Feature: Dawn Crandall Bradbury

Posted on January 31, 2017
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Dawn Crandall Bradbury: 1995 Rook-Out – Brass Being a one season age-out, affectionately known as a “rook out”, is challenging in its own right. Regardless of being a one year member or a super vet, the experience of being a Bluecoat is life long.  We feature this month 2000 Contra (tuba) “rook out” Dawn Crandall Bradbury. Q: What was the show that made you want to be a Bluecoat? A: I have loved the Bluecoats

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The Legend of the Silver Penny

Posted on January 02, 2017
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Legend of the Silver Penny For members of the Bluecoats, your first real arrival into the ranks is when you are given your blue shoelace.  All winter long rookies see coins jangling around the necks of veterans on that blue shoelace.  This year the shoelace, and the change that comes with it, turns 25 years old.  Members of the Bluecoats who complete a season receive a silver penny from that year to wear on a blue

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Alumni Feature: Celeste Cooning

Posted on December 18, 2016
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Celeste Cooning: 1994-1998 Color Guard Celeste, originally from Warsaw, Indiana, now calls Seattle, Washington her home. A graduate of Indiana University and University of Washington, Celeste is a visual artist working predominantly in cut paper. Her work has graced the Seattle-Tacoma Airport, Starbucks, Seattle’s Jackson Park, Zoe Juniper Dance Company, and Kinesis Project in NYC.

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Alumni Feature: Kevin Armbruster

Posted on November 28, 2016
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Kevin Armbruster: 1972-1980 Brass Kevin Armbruster got his drum corps fix started before age 10, when the Marion Cadets sent their feeder corps to nearby town for a parade.  Kevin was hooked, and drum corps was in his future plans even at a young age.  Fortunately for the Bluecoats, Kevin’s family soon moved to Canton, Ohio and a lo and behold, new drum corps was starting up in 1972.  The McKinley High School band member jumped in

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Past Directors react to Championship

Posted on November 26, 2016
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Recently one of our Founders, Ralph McCauley, was delivered a surprise at his home: a 2016 Championship ring.  Daughter, and former member, Beth McCauley shared the news and pictures for alumni (see right). While hundreds of young prospects hit the floor in November to audition for the 2017 Bluecoats.  We take this moment to look back at what our former directors had to say about winning a World Championship in 2016. Ralph McCauley (one of

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