2017 Summer Internship Positions Available

Looking for an adventure this summer?

The Bluecoats are seeking highly-motivated and detail-oriented individuals to fill internships during the Bluecoats 2017 Summer Tour.  Positions include:

Each summer Bluecoats operates a fast-paced and high-energy performance tour, traveling nearly 12,000 miles by road and performing more than 30 shows, parades, concerts, and clinics around the United States. Interns will think on their feet, define ways to expand and improve their roles, and work collaboratively with others. All interns must exhibit outstanding critical thinking and time management skills and show an aptitude for thinking outside of the box and inventing solutions for projects with limited time and resources. Interns should be skilled in modern business applications such as the Microsoft Office Suite, GSuite, Evernote, and Google Maps. At Bluecoats we hope to create an intern team that will play an active and in-depth role in the execution of our summer tour and the development of our organization.

The deadline to apply for a Bluecoats summer internship is 5:00 pm on March 1st.

The positions will be defined as follows:

Tour Administration Intern (3)

Duties:

  • Assist with day-to-day logistics including management of rehearsal and housing locations, communication with hosts, and facility oversight.
  • Assist with marketing and development office work.
  • Assist with coordination and communication of volunteer, driving, and merchandise staff.
  • Assist with tour travel logistics including airport and travel pick-ups, medical appointments, and other errands.
  • Assist with foodservice logistics including management of shopping lists, inventory of food and supplies on hand, and food delivery.
  • Assist with record keeping and office management including maintenance of Evernote, Google Calendar, To-Do Lists, and housing and rehearsal info sheets.
  • Assist with other general housekeeping such as equipment maintenance, uniform cleaning and upkeep, foodservice assistance, and show-day logistics.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to collaborate with others in fast-paced, intense, and stressful environment.
  • Strong aptitude for out-of-the-box critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to lift and carry at least 50 lbs.
  • Highly organized with a dedication for adopting and maintaining organizational habits amidst a disorderly daily environment.
  • Knowledge of basic productivity programs like Microsoft Office, Apple iWork, GSuite, Slack, and Evernote
  • Aptitude for learning new collaboration technologies and an interest in finding new and creative ways to work in a cloud-based world.
  • Experience in management, communications, or business is a plus.
  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail in all things big and small.

Prop and Tour Administration Intern (1)

Duties:

  • Manage repair of props and other production set equipment.
  • Manage prop logistics for rehearsal and performance.
  • Assist with equipment and facility maintenance as needed.
  • Assist with duties of Tour Administration Intern listed above.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated aptitude for basic engineering and maintenance skills.
  • Experience in prop or theater management is a plus.
  • A working knowledge of drum corps or competitive marching performances and their operation is preferred.
    The qualifications of The Tour Administration internship listed above will be considered.

Social Media Marketing and Content Management Intern (1)

Duties:

  • Manage corps social media channels, develop new content, interact with existing followers and cultivate new audiences.
  • Maintain a content calendar and schedule for posting at high traffic times and in regular intervals.
  • Maintain a consistent voice across channels while tailoring content for target demographics.
  • Explore new (to the Bluecoats brand) social media channels.
  • Coordinate with merchandise crew to promote new items on social media channels.
  • Work with Development Manager on campaign promotion.
  • Photograph corps rehearsals and performances, post photos to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram daily.

Qualifications:

  • Strong photography skills as demonstrated through work sample (your best 7-10 photos).
  • Excellent creative writing skills and a second-to-none attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of photography and camera operation beyond Auto Mode.
  • Social media skills as demonstrated through a work sample (link to page, screenshots, etc.).
  • Experience managing a social brand across platforms a plus.
  • Knowledge of social media platforms and proficient in their use.
  • Knowledge of social media management tools such as Hootsuite or Buffer.
  • Innovative and fresh ideas consistent with furthering a newly established brand.
  • Knowledge of marching arts a plus.
  • Must own a camera, preferably a DSLR with a telephoto lens.
  • Must own a laptop with Photoshop installed.
  • Must own a smart phone with social app abilities and a 10+ gb data plan.

Videography Intern (1)

Duties:

  • Produce, shoot, and edit the third season of True Bloo, corps section features, and hype videos.
  • Maintain a production schedule with weekly deadlines.
  • Maintain a high quality of work throughout the summer.
  • Coordinate storylines and episode outlines with corps administration and the media coordinator.
  • Assist with coordination of media projects with Development Manager.
  • Conduct video interviews with corps members and staff as a part of the video series.
  • Produce social video content for publishing to Facebook and Instagram.

Qualifications:

  • Strong video shooting and editing ability.
  • Ability to tell a story both visually and through use of interviews.
  • Familiarity with a run-and-gun workflow.
  • Must own a camera capable of shooting at least 720p HD video.
  • Knowledge of video techniques and camera operation beyond auto.
  • Must own audio equipment/microphone for camera.
  • Must own a laptop with a non-linear editor such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut, or Avid.
  • This position will assist with photography duties of the social media manager/photographer when needed. Knowledge of digital photography is a strong plus.

Audio Production and Electronics Intern (1)

Duties:

  • Daily set-up and tear-down of touring audio system.
  • Daily maintenance and repair of audio equipment
  • Learn to mix live audio for all rehearsals and performances.
  • Work with other staff members to establish and backup plan for all equipment.
  • Report to supervisor any issues or problems with system.

Qualifications:

  • Experience mixing live audio on a digital consoles with at least 48 channels.
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills.
  • Experience with wireless microphones including frequency coordination.
  • Experience with Digital Audio workstations and basic computer networking.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs.
  • Knowledge of marching arts a plus.
  • Highly motivated and pragmatic individual who holds oneself accountable.

Merchandising Intern (2)

Duties:

  • Assist with daily set-up and tear-down of the Bluecoats Marketplace.
  • Be an outstanding ambassador of the Bluecoats at all shows and public events.
  • Sell Bluecoats merchandise and interact with thousands of fans in an upbeat and positive way.
  • Manage inventory and record keeping of product line and daily sales.
  • Ship online merchandise orders daily.
  • Assist the Tour Administration Interns during the Bluecoats Spring Training.
  • Collaborate closely with Merchandise Coordinator and Development Manager on development and refinement of the Bluecoats merchandising operation.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to collaborate with others in fast-paced, intense, and stressful environment.
  • Strong aptitude for out-of-the-box critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to lift and carry at least 50 lbs.
  • Highly organized with a dedication for adopting and maintaining organizational habits amidst a disorderly daily environment.
  • Advanced knowledge of basic productivity programs like Microsoft Office, GSuite, and Evernote
  • Aptitude for learning new collaboration technologies like Slack.
  • Experience in marketing, communications, or business is a plus.
  • Applicants must be able to pass a rigorous driving record background check.

All interns of The Bluecoats will be required:

  • to be 21 years of age or older.
  • to have valid drivers license.
  • to pass a rigorous driving record verification (admin, merchandise, prop only).
  • to submit to a FBI/BCI background check.
  • to work entire summer from May 17 to Aug 14 2017 (conflicts will be considered on case-by-case basis).

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, image of both sides of your drivers license (Tour Admin, Props, and Merch Interns only), and any other materials requested to the following to bhamilton@bluecoats.com.

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on March 1st.

Bluecoats to Hong Kong in early 2017

LOS ANGELES RAMS CHEERLEADERS AND BLUECOATS DRUM & BUGLE CORPS SELECTED TO REPRESENT THE U.S. AS PART OF THE 22ND ANNUAL CATHAY PACIFIC LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS IN HONG KONG

  • Performers from Around the World Participate in the “Best Fortune. World Party” Festivities
  • Tens of Thousands Set to Visit Hong Kong and Experience Chinese New Year on January 28, 2017

 Los Angeles, CA, January 5, 2017 – The Year of the Rooster takes flight with Chinese New Year on January 28, 2017, and Hong Kong is set to commemorate the event in grand style with an epic celebration. Today, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced its selection of the National Football League’s (NFL) Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders and the 2016 Drum Corps International World Champion Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps to represent the U.S. in the Hong Kong revelry.

The merriment will be headlined by the award-winning Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Kowloon, bringing an extravagant procession of decorated floats and international performers including the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders and Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps to the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. Celebrating its 22nd year with the theme “Best Fortune.World Party,” the Night Parade will begin with a fun-filled, interactive street party for guests to enjoy as part of the celebration.

The festivities continue the following day as Hong Kong’s annual Chinese New Year fireworks display engulfs the breathtaking skyline of Victoria Harbour the evening of January 29, 2017.

“Visitors from around the world will descend upon Asia’s World City for its renowned Lunar New Year celebrations, witnessing the one-of-a-kind display of rich traditions that only Hong Kong can offer,” said Bill Flora, U.S. Director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board. “The U.S. is honored to be represented by the exceptional combination of the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders and the World Champion Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps.”

Following their recently completed inaugural NFL season after returning to Los Angeles, this marks the second Hong Kong visit for the Rams Cheerleaders. While in Hong Kong, the team will premiere an all-new high octane performance exclusively for the Chinese New Year Parade viewers and attendees.

”We are honored to be invited by the Hong Kong Tourism Board to represent our country in this celebration of the Chinese New Year,” said Rams Director of Special Events and Cheerleaders Keely Fimbres-Bledsoe. “Coming on the heels of our first season back home in Los Angeles, we are excited to bring the Rams organization over to Hong Kong and be a part of these special festivities.”

Fresh off their first Drum Corps International World Championship, the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps will be sending a team of 30 people to Hong Kong. The ensemble will perform music based on their championship show “Down Side Up,” in addition to a choreographed drumline battle with local Hong Kong drumline The Pegasus Vanguard.

“We are truly honored to have been selected to participate in the 2017 Chinese New Year night parade and festivities in Hong Kong,” said David Glasgow, Executive Director of the Bluecoats. “This provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for our performers to represent Canton, Ohio and the United States at a major international event in an amazing city.”

To learn more about Hong Kong’s 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration and obtain a complete schedule of events, visit the official Hong Kong Tourism Board website at www.DiscoverHongKong.com/USA. Follow the performers’ Hong Kong journey on social media using the hashtags #RamsCheerinHK and #Bloo17inHK.

About The Los Angeles Rams:

Los Angeles’ original professional sports team – stand as one of the oldest franchises in the National Football League and since its founding in 1937, have garnered three World Championships and sent 29 of its members to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Rams are committed to being a valuable civic partner and serving the greater Los Angeles area 365 days a year. As ambassadors of the organization, the Rams Cheerleaders not only perform at home games, but also participate in community events and help further the organization’s efforts both nationally and internationally.

About Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps:

The Bluecoats were founded in 1972, as an outgrowth of the Canton Police Boys Club. Regarded as one of the world’s finest outdoor pageantry organizations, the Bluecoats combine the demanding athleticism of extreme sports with an electrifying musical program and stunning visual choreography to thrill audiences throughout the U.S. The Bluecoats have been a DCI World Finalist (top 12 in North America) since 1987. This past winter, almost 1,000 young people from all around the world auditioned at tryout camps for the 150 available performing membership positions. The Bluecoats tour averages over 12,000 miles each summer, with the corps performing at more than 30 events and competitions, often traveling over 300 miles in a single night. To learn more about the Bluecoats and for the latest news and updates, visit bluecoats.com.

The Legend of the Silver Penny

Legend of the Silver Penny

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Ken Fanti’s “change”

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 shoe-string lanyard.  Like many corps traditions, it has evolved over the years.  But unlike tradition, it has served to tie together generations of Bluecoats who were not part of the original tradition.

Originally published in the Blue Review Newsletter in the Winter of 1995, Seth Hamstead (soprano, 1992-1996) wrote about how the tradition began:

Tradition. It binds people together and makes them feel like a part of a group. Such a simple concept, yet so hard to establish.  Who starts a tradition anyway?  When you ask a person why they are putting up a Christmas tree, they will usually respond that it is tradition.  Ask them who started that tradition, and they probably won’t have an answer.  Nobody knows the name of the first guy back in Germany to have the bright idea to put a live tree into his living room and decorate it with ornaments.  Little did he know that he started a tradition that would span centuries.

Back in June of 1992, in Normal, Illinois, the Bluecoats tried to start a tradition that would bind together the members of the corps and hopefully put an end to the large turnover in membership that the corps had experienced in the last couple of years, and they succeeded.

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Scott Miller’s status as a rookie is easy to see with his bare shoelace during the season

A rather simple tradition, it is merely composed of a shoestring and a penny.  Now mind you that this is no ordinary penny, but a silver one, and the shoestring that it is placed on is blue (for obvious reasons). Each first year member, “rookie” as most of us affectionately call them, receives their shoestring after their first performance as a symbol of truly becoming a Bluecoat.  The penny must wait until later.  The pennies are given out on the day of Finals as a sign of the end of the season, a reward for surviving the game and a remembrance of the struggle to achieve excellence.  The penny is from the year that you have marched, and multiple year veterans start to have small collections that could only otherwise serve as change for a nickel.

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Scott Miller’s original 1992 penny after the season

The penny means something different to every member that possesses one.  What does unify us is the love for the one cent piece and all that it stands for.  I look at mine and see the sweat that was given for an eleven and a half minute show, the feeling of forty thousand people giving you a standing ovation after you have just given them all that you can and wanting to give more, the close friendships that result from spending every second of the day for ten weeks with the same people that you would never have known otherwise, and the gym floors that were probably never intended to be used in the fashion that you used them.  Basically, I see my love for the activity and above all, my love for the corps that brought me to it. 

What do you see?

In 2012, Chris Miles, drum major in 1992 and one of those who started the tradition, reflected on how it all began:

Back in ’91 I remember, towards the end of the year, that the corps didn’t feel like one unit – not like the year before. I just remember wanting the same feeling I had in 1990. I wanted rookies to feel like they found a new home and for vets to always know they belong to a good one.

I had also noticed Cavaliers had a necklace with the gears on them: a gear per year marched. I thought it was awesome you could recognize them in and out of uniform. I also thought it was cool that they had something to recognize the years they marched. So at the end of the year, I kept trying to think of something that would be similar but distinctly different for us and might bring us together more. I discussed it with a few people after finals, but nothing really came of it.

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Pennies under Nick Chastain’s uniform

As the winter camps continued I talked to Andy Bugosh (the other drum major that year) about my silly idea. I am glad I did because he helped a lot in making my idea a reality.

I just remember we wanted everything to be cheap. Otherwise, we would not be able to do it that year or make it something repeatable. I forget who exactly thought of the penny and the shoelace. I think it was Andy or possibly by committee in those late nights at Walsh but it wasn’t decided till late May or right before Hell Week.  The pennies even matched with the fact that we were doing Penny Lane that year. Hokey…yes, but nonetheless pleasant there was a reoccurring theme of sorts.  Andy came up with the idea on how to tie them, I’m pretty sure.

Andy and I decided to wait till the first show to hand them out, and to have rookies (along with everyone else) get their new penny at the end of the year. It didn’t make sense to us that people get a penny for a year they hadn’t marched yet. Also, if someone left early or came late, we didn’t have to worry as much about who did or didn’t get a penny. 

I am really happy that I helped to make a tradition in an organization that I truly love, and that tradition still happens today. I also want to thank Andy for all his help and anyone else who was a part of this that I didn’t mention.

By 1997 some members started to use links from the chain on the helmet to attach the pennies to the shoe-string.  Brian Carr, a 1997 soprano, said of the tradition: 

In ’97 some of the sopranos had helmet links, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a sanctioned thing… I have 3 links on my string, one for each penny, but I honestly don’t remember where they came from. I know there was no ceremony involved.

By 2002, the helmet chain link had been integrated into the tradition.  The pennies also turned into a seniority concept for procedures such as selecting your bus for summer tour.

As the international flavor of the corps increased during the early 2000’s, members from other nations would bring and use their nation’s penny equivalent to add to their chain. Other members, as a show of friendship, would also use those nation’s pennies on their chain.

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Eric Humbert Story’s pennies

According to Eric Story, member from 2007-2011 (drum major his final three years), added:

In 2009, during pre-move ins at our membership leadership meetings, it was decided that you can wear all the foreign coins that were given to you on your shoelace with your penny/pennies, however the only stipulation was decided that you can have one link on your shoelace per year, and all coins you got for that year (should you wish to wear them all) go on the same link.

The use of a nickel, to represent five years as a member, began around 1998 but had been talked about as early as the first year in 1992.  Kelli Carlson, a guard member from 1994-1998, and staff in ’00 and ’01, remembered, “I got a nickel in 98… we joked about it long before.”  John David Mayo, a member in the mid 1990s and Drum Major in 1997 and 98, attributes the nickel part of the tradition to Mike “Canuck” Fanning.  This component still remains, as Eric Story continued, “[Today] you wear all 5 of your pennies, and on top of that wear your nickel.”

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Pre-1992 alumni Mike Newsom, Michelle Newsom and Mark Newsom sport their pennies at the 2012 reunion

This tradition is not solely for those members from 1992 and beyond.  Alumni from any year now sport the pennies.  Those who come upon the tradition today are welcome to visit the corps’ souvenir booth, which has silver pennies available for members who marched prior to 1992.  All any alumni of the corps need to do is inquire at the souvie booth and obtain their respective pennies.

In 2017 those rookies to the Bluecoats will see a new piece of jangle added by members of the 2016 Bluecoats to the blue shoestring-lanyard: a championship ring. 

Alumni Feature: Celeste Cooning

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Celeste Cooning (foreground)

Celeste Cooning marched in the Bluecoats color guard from 1994-1998. Originally from Warsaw, Indiana, she 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. (more…)

2017 Bluecoats off to an excellent start!

After winning their first Drum Corps International World Championship in August the Canton (Ohio) Bluecoats recently concluded a series of THE BLUE WAY Audition Experience camps to select the membership for the 2017 corps.  The live auditions took place in Canton as well as in California, Georgia, Texas and in the United Kingdom.

Bluecoats Executive David Glasgow was thrilled with the results of the auditions.  “We had hundreds of students from around the world share their talents with us in hopes of being one of the 150 selected for the corps.”  He went on to explain that the camps are structured to provide the attendees with not only the opportunity to audition, but to work with the Bluecoats instructors who are some of the top educators in the activity.  “We want all of the students to leave our camps gaining valuable knowledge that will make them better musicians and color guard members.”

Percussion Caption Head Roger Carter was extremely pleased with the results of the camps. “We are very excited about the upcoming season for Bluecoats percussion!  The talent level of our returning members and many others we’ve seen at the auditions this year has been phenomenal.”

The final step in this year’s audition process is the January 6-8 Callback camp in Canton for those who were selected from the audition camps to continue on the path toward membership. There, prospective members will continue to work on performance skills and begin preparation for the Bluecoats’ 2017 season.  While open auditions have ended, audition appointments in all sections of the corps will be granted on a need-only basis. More information is available on the Bluecoats web site at www.bluecoats.com

The Bluecoats show designers have been working hard on the follow up to last year’s gold medal winning “Down Side Up” show.  Announcements concerning the 2017 program will be made prior to the start of the competition season.  The Bluecoats will report for five weeks of Spring Training at Denison University in Granville, Ohio in mid-May.

THREE GREAT SHOWS 2017: ON SALE NOW!

In 2017, the Bluecoats will run THREE outstanding drum corps competitions in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania!  See below for details on all three events.


Innovations in Brass: Massillon

Saturday, June 24th, 7:30pm

Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

Massillon, OH

Join us on Saturday, June 24th for “Innovations in Brass: Massillon”, a classic drum corps experience at the historic Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, Ohio!

2017 Line-up includes:

Bluecoats – Canton, OH

Carolina Crown – Ft. Mills, SC

The Cadets – Allentown, PA

Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA

Troopers – Casper, WY

BUY TICKETS HERE!


Innovations in Brass: Pittsburgh

Tuesday, June 27th, 7:30pm

Gateway High School’s Antimarino Stadium

Monroeville, PA

Join us Tuesday, June 27th for Innovations in Brass: Pittsburgh at the beautiful Antimarino Stadium on the campus of Gateway High School in Monroeville, PA.

2017 Line-up Includes:

Bluecoats – Canton, OH

The Cadets – Allentown, PA

Crossmen – San Antonio, TX

Colts – Dubuque, IA

Troopers – Casper, WY

Spirit of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA

Genesis – Austin, TX

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Presents: The 2017 DCI Tour of Champions

Monday, August 7th, 7:30pm

Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

Massillon, OH

Join us on Monday, August 7th for the 2017 DCI Tour of Champions, presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. The Tour of Champions event series is an exciting live entertainment format featuring top World Class corps. Spectators will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the drum corps experience with exclusive fan-member interaction, pre-show and intermission entertainment and more!

2017 Line-up includes:

Bluecoats – Canton, OH

Carolina Crown – Ft. Mill, SC

Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA

The Cavaliers – Rosemont, IL

The Cadets – Allentown, PA

Phantom Regiment – Rockford, IL

Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA

Crossmen – San Antonio, TX

BUY TICKETS HERE!

Alumni Feature: Kevin Armbruster

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 with the corps playing soprano. (more…)

Past Directors react to Championship

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 the Founding Fathers and retired Canton Police Officer)
    It’s been a long, uphill struggle but we finally did it.  I am very happy and excited to be the 2016 DCI World Champs.  The thing that I am most proud of are all the members – from 1972 to the present time. I have seen this corps produce attorneys, police officers, doctors, dentists, teachers, drum corps staff and many more professionals who have become role models in their community. I’m proud of all our volunteers now and in the past, plus the original Ghetto Bug Gang (Ernie Adams, deceased) that I drove for several years, big white wall tires and all.  Love You All.
  • Kevin Armbruster (original member, former instructor)

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    Kevin Armbruster, 1987

    2016 was a season dreams were made of for sure.  We never could have imagined the things being done on the field by the 2016 corps when we were marching in the ’70’s, but we always dreamed the big dream. Who would have ever thought a group that started with such humble beginnings, practicing in a Police Boys Club with the drum line in the two-lane bowling alley, would change the drum corps world with such a progressive, yet relatable, show. What other corps survived two folded seasons to reach the top of the mountain?

    In the ’80’s we struggled to rebuild and had peaks and valleys of success but always still had the big dream, although the dream seemed closer as the decade came to an end and we finally broke into finals in 1987.

    At last, the big dream came to life, courtesy of the 2016 version of the corps! I am one of many extremely proud alumni who was honored to be photo-bombed by the entire corps for the alumni photo at the Hall of Fame show…a very cool moment!

    Thank you to the 2016 World Champions for such a memorable summer!

     

  • Ted Swaldo, 1992

    Ted Swaldo (former director)
    In 1984 I had a dream that someday the Bluecoats would win the World Championship . Little did I know it would take 32 years . It was a great victory and judging from the crowd response the vast majority of spectators were rooting for us. We have fans all over the world.  

    This victory is a tribute to all the volunteer , alumni  and staff who helped build the Corps foundation .  And I can’t tell you how proud it makes me to see the Alumni perform !  It brings back a lot of great memories . I have seen the benefits of belonging to the Bluecoats and see what fine young adults all of them have become. I hope in some small way I contributed in their growth and maturity.  Together we defined the Bluecoats’ personality, image and value system – but it took Dave and Genevieve to make World Champion a reality .  They have guided this organization for the past 13 years and are responsible for today’s success. Dave’s management style and professionalism has built a staff that is the best in Drum Corps. Also, all of the marching members were extraordinary!  While us old timers bask in the glory of winning the Championship, let’s remember to thank the current director, his staff, the volunteers and current members for a remarkable season. I can’t wait to see what this design team offers next year.

    I personally want to thank Doug Thrower for his 25 years of service .  It is hard to believe he wrote this years show and the Beatle’s show. That exemplifies the growth of this organization.

    Go Blooooooo. 

     

  • Larry Hershman, 1988

    Larry Hershman (Program Coordinator)
    In addition to congratulating this year’s staff and membership, there are a few other acknowledgements from me.  First to the people who marched 86/87, thank you!  You drove the transition from hometown corps to the national recognition.  Second, to the people who didn’t leave the corps after 1999 and marched in 2000, thank you!  Your dedication set the stage for what finally happened this year.  And finally to Dave Glasgow who lived through 1999/2000 and learned from it.  Dave you were named DCI Director of the Year in 2014 and while that is something to be proud of, it falls short.  You are the Director of the Decade!

     

  • Bill Hamilton (Original member, Instructional Staff, former Director)
    A lot of history was going through my mind that night.  I remembered what it was like to have the goal of merely getting a corps on the field, to making the top 25 to making finals, to placing in the top 6.  When I was marching, we always thought there was something different about the corps at the top.  But now, 6 words….I remembered the struggles and disappointments of 79 and 83, and also the passion and commitment of our founders, Art, Tom and Ralph.  Standing next to the trophy was surreal and the impact probably hasn’t hit me yet.
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    David Glasgow (current Director)

    To think of where our organization has been in various points of our history, from folding twice to, to starting the 1984 season with a dozen some members in a gym playing basketball, to be where we are today is an amazing feeling.  It’s truly a testament to EVERYONE who helped us get here – all of our alumni, all of our former staff & volunteers and of course our outstanding group of people currently associated with the Bluecoats.  All that said – we are not done!  Plans for 2017 are already in motion!”