Bluecoats Accept Invitation from DCI for Alumni to Perform at 2022 Championships

Bluecoats is excited to announce it has accepted an invitation from Drum Corps International (DCI)  for the 2022 Bluecoats Alumni Corps to perform at the Drum Corps International World Championships Semifinals in celebration of both the DCI and Bluecoats 50th Anniversary!  The organization will spend 2022 celebrating many events with its alumni and broader community. The DCI Semifinals Performance will serve as a grand capstone to a season of celebrations.

Mike Scott, Bluecoats Chief Executive Officer, is excited to see plans begin, “2022 will be an incredible year for  Bluecoats. The alumni corps is just one part of an ambitious 50th birthday celebration for this organization.” Drum Corps International Executive Director, Dan Acheson, equally anticipates a Bluecoats 50th Anniversary Alumni Corps, “We are looking forward to a great celebration and I just can’t wait to hear Autumn Leaves again.“

To orchestrate this exciting ensemble, Bluecoats has announced the formation of an alumni corps steering committee to embark upon creating a world class, high energy performing unit showcasing the talents of decades of Bluecoats.  It will be no small feat to put an alumni corps spanning five decades on the field. Recent history has seen a number of massive alumni corps entertain the DCI Championship week crowds, the most recent being the Santa Clara Vanguard Alumni Corps in 2017.  

“The bar has been set very high by those alumni units before us,” said David Glasgow, Bluecoats Executive Advisor and former Executive Director.  “We enthusiastically accept the challenge to present a show that not only will honor DCI’s 50th Anniversary, but showcase how the Bluecoats have been a key part of that legacy too.”

Ted Swaldo, director from the 1980s and early 1990s has been named as the Chairman of the committee. “Organizing and executing a project of this size and scope will require detailed planning,” said Swaldo. The committee spans much of the corps’ history, and as Swaldo shares, “they bring a lot of varied and outstanding abilities. I’m excited to be a part of this!”

The committee consists of two other former directors joining Swaldo in Bill Hamilton and David Glasgow. Mike Scott, the current corps director and Bluecoats CEO will serve on the committee ex officio. Also contributing will be former program coordinator Larry Hershman, who brings experience in producing drum corps All Star corps from the 1990s.  Rounding out the committee are Jay Wise, Jenn Johnson Renaud and Lane Armey, all three of whom bring excellence in administrative and instructional experience within the Bluecoats and beyond.

Details of the project will be announced in the coming months.  Follow the progress of this decidedly ‘BLOO’, endeavor at


Bluecoats Seeks Certified Athletic Trainer for 2019 Summer Tour

At Bluecoats the Health & Wellness of our performers and staff takes center stage. The rigors of rehearsing and performing daily while touring the US is a truly athletic challenge, complicated by the nature of the performing arts. Bluecoats is seeking a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) available between May 15 and the DCI World Championships in August to manage our Health & Wellness team. This person will lead the physical fitness and treatment program for the drum corps and coordinate with the corps administration and Bluecoats executive team to ensure a thorough and holistic approach to the health, wellness, and safety of all performers, staff, and volunteers.

The brand new stadium at Indiana Wesleyan University. The campus has two state-of-the-art Athletic Training facilities.

An ideal candidate is an experienced and certified athletic trainer with an experience and passion for performing arts medicine. They get excited about building systems and programs to ensure a lasting impact, they’re organized, and they have excellent verbal and written communication skills. The Bluecoats ATC will move-in with the corps and kick-start the program from the beautiful athletic training facilities at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. Following Spring Training, this person will travel as much as available on the Bloo19 Summer Tour which will cover more than 10,000 miles and reach states all across the continental United States.

For more information on this position, please see the job posting here. To apply, please email Bluecoats CEO Mike Scott at


We’re Hiring! – QStix Game Day Stage Manager

Bluecoats is hiring a stage manager to oversee the game day logistics of the QStix, the official percussion ensemble of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team. The QStix is a cooperative effort between Bluecoats and the Cleveland Cavaliers. This position will be a paid independent contractor of Bluecoats.

We’re looking for an energetic, pragmatic go-getter who is comfortable working in a fast-paced and high stakes production environment. Experience as a performer in a drumline, marching band, or pro-sports entertainment ensemble is a plus. This person will have the challenge of keeping communication between Bluecoats, the QStix managing performer, the Cavaliers entertainment and production staff concise and clear. This person will be both a support to the performers and a manager – ensuring the ensemble follows the game-day schedule and always appears for fans exactly where they’re scheduled to appear.

A more detailed job description can be found here. To apply, email Mike Scott at with a cover letter in the body of your email and an attached PDF resume.

Key Additions To Bluecoats Educational & Design Teams Announced

Jarrod Huntley – Visual Co-Caption Head

October 8, 2018 – CANTON, OH – Today Bluecoats is excited to announce several great additions to its design and educational staff for the 2019 summer season. Joining the design team is Matt Jordan as Music Coordinator & Sound Designer. Matt moves to this new role from his previous position as the Bluecoats’ Associate Music Ensemble Coordinator. Joining the Bluecoats instructional team are Visual Co-Caption Head Jarrod Huntley, Assoc. Music Ensemble Coordinator Dr. David Hall, and Battery Coordinator Joe Hobbs.

“We take so much pride in our design and educational teams. These individuals make Bluecoats what we are and ensure the life-changing experience the drum corps provides,” said Mike Scott, Bluecoats CEO. “Whenever we have the opportunity to grow our team we take great care to ensure that we find the absolute best people in the world. We have certainly found that with these individuals,” Scott said.

Dave Hall, DMA – Assoc. Music Ensemble Coordinator

The remainder of the Bluecoats design and instructional leadership teams will return in 2019. The instructional leadership team includes Music Ensemble Coordinator Ryan Kilgore, Brass Caption Head Derek Gipson, Brass Advisor Dave Mackinnon, Percussion Caption Head Roger Carter, Front Ensemble Coordinator Brad Palmer, Battery Coordinator Ryan Anderson, Visual Co-Caption Head Mike Fanning, and Color Guard Caption Head Lindsay Kusmierczak.

The design team, responsible for such memorable programs as Tilt, Session 44, and the 2016 World Championship program Downside Up, is already hard at work creating the Bluecoats’ 2019 production. The team includes Artistic Director & Visual Designer Jon Vanderkolff, Program Coordinator Dean Westman, Guard Caption Supervisor/Designer

Joe Hobbs – Battery Coordinator

& Choreographer Jim Moore, Costume Designer & Choreographer Greg Lagola, Scenic Designer Michael Raiford, Composer & Percussion Designer Tom Rarick, Composer & Brass Arranger Doug Thrower, Music Coordinator & Sound Designer Matt Jordan, and Audio Systems Designer Aaron Beck.

Says Scott, “I’m so excited to get started and to continue working with our entire team!”

Jennifer Leseth and Jennifer Hinshaw Join Bluecoats Indoor Team

These weapon and movement instructors join a world-class educational and artistic team from across the United States.

Bluecoats Indoor is excited to announce the addition of Jennifer “Jenifo” Leseth and Jennifer Hinshaw to the Bluecoats Indoor instructional staff. Jenifo will join the team leading our weapons program, and Jennifer will serve as a movement instructor.

Jennifer Leseth is a Chicago native with 30-plus years of performance, instruction, and design experience in color guard, drum corps, and marching band. Her passion for the arts grew from performing with color guards such as Destiny, Guardsmen, State Street Review, and Escapade. Naturally driven to excel, she challenged herself with marching drum corps such as Phantom Regiment and The Cadets.

Jenifo travels globally teaching ensembles in England, Italy, Canada, Japan, Korea, South Africa, and Thailand. Her experience with drum corps includes serving as color guard caption head for Bluecoats (95-98), Crossmen (99), Phantom Regiment (00-03), Madison Scouts (04-05), Carolina Crown(07-08), and Santa Clara Vanguard (09-12).

She has served as the color guard designer and director for various high schools across the U.S., including Marian Catholic (IL), Plymouth Canton (MI), Spring (TX), Winston Churchill (TX), LD Bell (TX), Flower Mound (TX), and Lincoln Way (IL). In addition, she has served nine years as the color guard coordinator for The Army All-American Marching Band. Some of her more current work is with The Calgary Stampede Show Band and numerous midwest bands and winter guards. She also travels the US doing clinics and adjudicating.

Currently, Jennifo is studying meeting and event planning and loves spending time with her friends, family, and beloved pets.

A native of Virginia, Jennifer Hinshaw has been immersed in dance since the age of three. Childhood ballet, jazz, tap, and baton classes cultivated a love for dance that became Jennifer’s life work. In May of 2003, Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in dance education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Since attaining her dance education degree, Jennifer has worked diligently to pass on her passion for dancing. She has founded and directed both the Wake Forest-Rolesville High School Dance Department (2003–2006) and the Avon High School Dance Department (2008–present).

Jennifer has been involved in the color guard activity since 1995 and has been privileged to work with many outstanding organizations including Carolina Crown and The Cavaliers drum corps; First Flight, Lexis, and Zydeco winter guards; and Carmel, Center Grove, Marcus, and Northview high schools.

Jennifer resides in Danville, Indiana, with her husband Richard and their three children: McKinley, Coleman, and Annalise.

These two outstanding women join the cutting edge team of Bluecoats Indoor educators that brought the group to WGI Finals in their first season competing.

Bluecoats Indoor is led artistically by Jon Vanderkolff, Jim Moore, Greg Lagola, and Carol Abohatab. The program is managed by Staff Coordinator Rosie Queen, Programs Manager Christopher Drake, Associate Programs Manager Jeremiah Wooten, Artistic Director Jon Vanderkolff, and Chief Executive Officer Mike Scott. Bluecoats Indoor is instructed by a diverse team of educators from around the United States including Samia Mooney, LeAnne Hlavka, Ashley Gonzalez, Edmer Lazaro, Kathy Pearson, Jorge Tovar, Cara Unger, and Lindsay Kusmierczak.

Bluecoats Indoor is excited for its 2019 Audition Experience Camp this weekend at Edison School of the Arts in Indianapolis, Indiana. Details at

Bluecoats Announce Bloo19 Audition Experience Camps


Today’s the day! Beginning today you can register to attend one of four Audition Experience Camps and start the journey towards a summer with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps. In order to bring the Bluecoats experience to you, we’re hosting an event in Texas, Ohio, Southern California, and Georgia for all sections. The Texas, Ohio, and Atlanta-area camps will be two-day events with overnight accommodations in the gym and the SoCal camp will be a one-day event.

The dates for the Bloo19 Audition Experience Camps are:

  • November 17-18 – TX Audition Camp
  • November 23 -25 – Canton, OH Audition Camp
  • December 2 – CA Audition Camp
  • December 8-9 – Atlanta, GA Audition Camp

Registration is now open, and all skill levels are welcome. That’s right! If you’re not sure whether you’re ready for a summer with Bluecoats, we encourage you to come and get a feel for our audition experience. Such a huge part of auditioning for a world-class drum corps is learning how to audition, not just what you’ll be performing.

Following these four audition events, Bluecoats will host one final Audition Experience Camp in January where all performers invited to a callback audition converge on Canton, OH to set the corps. The Bluecoats rehearse once per month in February, March, and April before moving into Spring Training in May. In 2019 the Bluecoats will travel more than 10,000 miles and perform for hundreds of thousands of fans and young performers around the United States. The DCI Summer Tour culminates in the 2019 DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, IN in August. Last year the Bluecoats were the bronze medalists performing Session 44.

Are you ready for the Bluecoats Audition Experience Camps? We are!

Register today at Have more questions? Check out our 2019 Audition FAQ.

Bluecoats & Cleveland Cavaliers Host QStix Auditions This Weekend

CLEVELAND, OH – Interested in being a part of the QStix for the 2018-19 season? You’ll be an official performer on the court and around the arena for Cleveland Cavaliers games.

Open auditions will be held this Sunday, September 9th at the Cleveland State University Recreation Center from 9 am until 2 pm. Registration will be open from 9 am until 10 am. For this one-day audition, you will need to bring three (3) five-gallon plastic buckets with you, along with several sets of drumsticks. The majority of our performances involve QSAtix performers playing on trashcans and five-gallon buckets.

To qualify for membership, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older by Sept. 1, 2018
  • Must be able to work 75% of the Cavs regular-season games
  • Must be able to attend monthly practices and rehearsals
  • Professional or street-drumming experience is recommended but not necessary
  • General knowledge of Cavaliers Basketball
  • Flexible schedule. Must be able to work weekdays and weekends.
  • Must be able to be at the Arena three (3) hours before tipoff.
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from Quicken Loans Arena.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and enthusiasm for the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must collaborate well in a team environment
  • Experience in live entertainment is preferred, but not required.

Artistry IN BLUE To Go Inactive for 2019 WGI Season

Artistry IN BLUE, the perennially popular WGI winterguard, will go inactive for the 2019 competitive season. The ensemble, directed by Dave Stinson and operated by Bluecoats has been a fan favorite over the course of the last several seasons. The program has competed with much success in both the Independent A and Independent Open classes.

“Artistry IN BLUE has been a favorite program of ours, and it reaches an audience of young, local performers that we enjoy working with each year,” said Bluecoats Executive Director David Glasgow. “We’re enormously thankful to Dave Stinson and the entire AIB staff for their unwavering dedication to the experience of our young performers,” he continued.

While this year Bluecoats will take a break from the AIB ensemble, the organization looks forward to continuing to provide incredible educational experiences like this in the future. One such experience is Bluecoats Indoor, a World Class WGI winterguard founded in 2017, that rehearses weekly in Indianapolis. Auditions for Bluecoats Indoor have been set for September 16th and 17th at Edison School for the Arts in Indianapolis, IN. More information can be found at

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