Presenting the 2018 Bloo Ribbon Bluecoat, Unsung Hero Awards

The Board of Directors of Bluecoats, a youth performing arts organization based in Canton, Ohio, is pleased to announce the recipients of two new recognition awards that were started this year.

The Bloo Ribbon Bluecoat Award is for recognition of outstanding former performing members of the Bluecoats or any of our affiliated programs (Bluecoats Indoor WG, Artistry IN BLUE, Rhythm IN BLUE).  These individuals must have performed in one of our programs for at least two seasons, finished their performing career as a member of one of our programs, and exemplify the highest standard of excellence as a Bluecoat performer, both on and off the field and/or floor. Receiving the award for 2018 are Christian Alcantara, Kevin Armbruster, Brian Baumbauer and Charles Stewart.

Christian Alcantara is a proud alum of the Bluecoats drum corps and a cast member of the inaugural season (2018) of the Bluecoats Indoor Winter Guard.  He was the 2013 Bluecoats color guard “Rookie of the Year.”  Christian is one of a very few Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International participants to reside in Hawaii.  He has taught several guard programs in Hawaii including the Millilani High School guard.  Christian moved the 5,000 miles from Hawaii to Indianapolis in order to march with Bluecoats Indoor and helped the group reach the WGI World Class finals in 2018.

Kevin Armbruster joined the Bluecoats at its inception in 1972.  He played mellophone and soprano bugle during his 7 years as a member.  In 1982 he served as a brass instructor and became the brass caption head in 1983.  He served in this position for several years including 1987 when the corps attained DCI Finalist status for the first time. Kevin has continued to support the Bluecoats as an arranger with the alumni group Rhythm In Blue and has been a participant in the annual “History Night” during spring training.

Brian Bambauer was with the Bluecoats from 1988-1996 as a member, drum major, and visual caption head.  In 1997 he became the visual caption head for Carolina Crown and was their drill designer in 1998-2000.  With Crown Brian became the first finalist drill writer who was an alumnus of the Bluecoats.  Brian became Operations Director with Crown and serves on their Board of Directors and Advisory Council.  He is now a well respected principal in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina.

Charles Stewart became a member of the Bluecoats in 1993 playing contrabass. And was selected as the “Rookie of the Year.”  The following two years Charles served as the drum major and won numerous “Best Drum Major” awards at various DCI events in ’94 and ’95.  After his age-out year he became an instructor on the brass staff. Charles continues to serve the corps as the manager of the annual “Blue Way Experience” that allows students to spend a weekend with the Bluecoats instructors and members.  He is the band director at Jeffersontown High School in Louisville, KY.

The Bluecoats Unsung Hero Award is for individuals associated with the Bluecoats organization that are vital to its operations in important behind the scenes roles such as a staff member, volunteer, driver, costume and equipment care, donor or in other key support roles. Selected for the 2018 award are Anthony Mallard and Bill Roubanes.

Anthony “Duck” Mallard is an alum of the corps.  For many years he has devoted countless hours to assisting with the Bluecoats bingo games, working on the food truck, driving and performing with the alumni group Rhythm In Blue.

Bill Roubanes is also an alum of the Bluecoats.  In the 1980s he often helped the corps as a driver and volunteer where needed.  Since the formation of Rhythm In Blue in 2014 he has performed in every event the group has taken part in.  He has also provided the group with a rehearsal facility.

Bluecoats Executive Director David Glasgow praised all of the recipients of the awards.  “To be a successful organization requires the help of many outstanding individuals.  I am pleased that we have added the Bloo Ribbon and Unsung Hero awards to our recognition program and congratulate these first-year recipients.”

Rosie Queen To Lead Summer Spin Clinic: Indianapolis

This weekend Bluecoats will host its first-ever Summer Spin Clinic, an exciting educational experience that brings students right inside the action where they will learn about colorguard THE BLUE WAY!

On Sunday, July 1st in Indianapolis Rosie Queen and a team of Bluecoats staff and former performers will be leading the exciting clinic full of dance, flag, rifle, and sabre! Come learn from our incredible team and have fun spinning THE BLUE WAY!

Here’s a bit about the incredible Rosie!

Rosie Queen (Miller) has been active in the world of pageantry since 1983.  She has taught DCI drum corps such as:  The Cadets of Bergen County, Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, & Madison Scouts. She is currently the director at Carmel H.S. where she has built the program with an awesome team since 2003. Carmel has won 5 WGI World Championships, 7 consecutive State Championships, and 3 BOA Grand National titles during this time.

Rosie has also been an instructor for the Pride of Cincinnati since 1997.  She has also had the pleasure of teaching wonderful performers at Center Grove H.S., Aimachi, Carroll H.S., and Escapade WG among many others.  Rosie served as the main visual instructor and company manager for the original cast of the Emmy and Tony award-winning production, “blast!” 1999-2002.

Currently, Rosie resides in Indianapolis, IN with her husband Jeff and dogs, London & Indy. Rosie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education (K-12) from Wright State University and has also earned her certification in Event Management at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

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You can register for the Summer Spin Clinics in both Indianapolis and Columbus here! See you on July 1st and 15th! Joins Family Of Bluecoats Partners

May 23, 2018 – CANTON, OH – Today Bluecoats is excited to announce a new addition to our family of trusted partners.  Starting with the 2018 season, will be the official supplier of digitally printed flags, tarps, and other printed design elements for all Bluecoats’ programming.   The Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps will be making full use of their incredible line of products.  Moreover, fans of the newly established Bluecoats Indoor winter guard will see’s design products on the 2019 WGI stage.

“Over the past few years, Bluecoats has brought some wonderfully creative ideas to the field.  We look forward to giving them the products and customer service necessary to bring their vision to life” said Eric Sabach, National Sales Manager.  “Eric brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to his role leading We look forward to working with him in 2018 and beyond,” said Bluecoats Executive Director David Glasgow.

While is new to the Bluecoats’ family of corporate sponsors, the company is no stranger to the organization. works closely in tandem with the Bluecoats long-time performance wear partner Stanbury Uniforms.   “It’s no secret that Stanbury Uniforms has been one of our most treasured and trusted corporate partners for the last 15 years. Given that is part of the Stanbury family of companies, they are a perfect fit for the Bluecoats,” Glasgow continued.  Learn more about on their website. Learn more about Bluecoats at

Spend A Day With Us At The *NEW* Bluecoats Summer Spin Clinics!

After an incredible first year of Bluecoats Indoor – a World Class WGI winterguard – we’re eager to offer year-round colorguard programming at Bluecoats!

In order to bring together the summer Bluecoats Color Guard and the winter Bluecoats Indoor, and in an effort to bring exciting educational opportunities to those interested in colorguard and in the Bluecoats – we’re announcing two incredible Summer Spin Clinics taking place in July in Indianapolis and Columbus!

You can register for both events below and learn more about them on their event pages. Learn more about the Bluecoats Summer Spin Clinic: Indianapolis here and Bluecoats Summer Spin Clinics: Columbus here!


Bluecoats Summer Spin Clinics: Indianapolis

July 1st 2018 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Edison School for the Arts
777 S White River Pkwy W Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46221

*Featuring Rosie Queen!*

Please bring your own equipment and pack a lunch!


Bluecoats Summer Spin Clinics: Columbus

July 15th 2018 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Hilliard Bradley High School
2800 Walker Rd.
Hilliard, OH 43026

*Staff & Choreographers To Be Announced!*

Please bring your own equipment and pack a lunch!

The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps Will Be Presenting Sponsor of Innovations In Brass, True Bloo Video Series, and Three VIP Receptions

Bluecoats is grateful for the support of this historic institution and honored to partner with ‘The Commandant’s Own’ this summer.

May 23, 2018 – CANTON, OH – Bluecoats is pleased to announce that The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps has signed on as the exclusive Presenting Sponsor of two Bluecoats-operated Drum Corps International (DCI) events in June of 2018. Innovations In Brass: Akron will take place on Saturday, June 23rd at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field on the campus of the University of Akron, and Innovations in Brass: Pittsburgh will take place on Thursday, June 28th at Tiger Stadium on the campus of Moon Area High School in Caraopolis, Pennsylvania, bringing thousands of fans and aspiring high school musicians the experience of the DCI Summer Tour!

In addition to their sponsorship of these exciting drum corps competitions, ‘The Commandant’s Own’ will also serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the summer season of True Bloo, a video series that provides a weekly peek inside the workings of Bluecoats. Finally, the Marines have graciously agreed to extend their sponsorship to also cover three VIP receptions hosted by Bluecoats exclusively for Sustaining Members of The Shield Community, a monthly giving society recently launched by Bluecoats that funds both program operations and the newly establish Bluecoats Endowment.

“We’re so humbled by the support of The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps,” said David Glasgow, Executive Director of Bluecoats. “‘The Commandant’s Own’ is an icon in the music education community and a staple in American history. We’re honored to join forces and to bring just a part of the Marine Corps’ storied history alongside ours.”

“The US Marine Drum & Bugle Corps is thrilled to begin a new, strategic relationship with the Bluecoats. This partnership is evidence of similarity of core ideals and principles that make the marching arts activity what it has grown to become,” said Maj. Christopher Hall, the Director of the ensemble. Whether your time participating in the marching arts elicits a future in music and visual arts, business, technologies, finance or military service; the evidence of high character and quality citizens being empowered to positively affect society is what encourages us most about this agreement and is keeping within the highest traditions and expectations of the US Marine Corps.”

Both Innovations in Brass events, now presented by The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, will feature some of the world’s greatest drum corps including The Cadets, Carolina Crown, Madison Scouts, Phantom Regiment, Boston Crusaders, Crossmen, Genesis, Spirit of Atlanta, Pioneer and of course the Bluecoats!

Fans can purchase tickets to both events at

Download this press release here.


Innovations in Brass: Pittsburgh moves to Moon Area High School

Due to emergency construction at Gateway High School’s Antimarino Stadium in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Innovations in Brass: Pittsburgh on Thursday, June 28th at 7:30pm will move to Tiger Stadium at Moon Area High School in Caraopolis, Pennsylvania.

Innovations in Brass: Pittsburgh, operated by Bluecoats from Canton, Ohio, will feature six of the world’s best Drum Corps International (DCI) drum and bugle corps. This year’s line-up of corps includes Pioneer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sprit of Atlanta, from Atlanta, Georgia as well as 2017 DCI World Championships finalists Madison Scouts from Madison, Wisconsin, The Cadets from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Boston Crusaders from Boston, Massachusetts and Bluecoats from Canton, Ohio.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 317-275-1212. You can also purchase seats at the on-site box office the day of the show starting at 3:00pm. DCI will be directly contacting anyone that has already purchased tickets for this event with details on how to relocate seats to the new venue. For more information, please contact Bluecoats at or 330-433-9115.

2018 Bluecoats Hall of Fame Inductees

The Board of Directors of Bluecoats, a youth performing arts organization based in Canton, Ohio, is pleased to announce the inductees into the group’s Hall of Fame for 2018.  Selected by unanimous vote were John Lowe, Brad Palmer and Jay Wise.

John Lowe is from Richardson, Texas.  He received a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Tech University and his Masters of Music in Conducting from West Texas State University.  Mr. Lowe spent most of his career as a band director in the Richardson Independent School District.  His involvement with the Bluecoats began as a parent volunteer on the food truck in 2005 when his son, Corey, was a member of the corps.

Since retiring as a band director in 2010 John has devoted most of his summer to being the food service manager during the five weeks of spring training and as transportation manager for the summer tour.  He serves as the lead driver planning routes, working with the different state regulations, and handles the schedules of the various drivers needed to get the Bluecoats down the road.  In a nomination support letter Tina Guy stated “John is a father figure, friend and mentor to many at Bluecoats.  He is always willing to do whatever needs to be done and always with a smile on his face.”

Brad Palmer has been a percussion instructor with the Bluecoats since 2003 working primarily with the section known as “the front ensemble.”  This includes the mallet instruments, keyboards, timpani, drum set, auxiliary percussion and electronic effects.  Bluecoats Hall of Fame members and music arrangers/composers Tom Rarick and Doug Thrower credit Mr. Palmer with taking the Bluecoats front ensemble to the top of the drum corps activity.

Brad is a co-founder of DoubleStop Percussion, a Birmingham, Alabama based company that provides percussion instruction for all levels of experience in over twenty schools across the southeast.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Arts from Middle Tennessee State University.

Jay Wise is from Stark County, Ohio.  He began his drum corps journey in 1986 as a member of the Bluecoats hornline.  After aging-out he became an instructor with the corps and was eventually named assistant director until departing in 1997.

Over the past 6 years Jay has been very involved with the Bluecoats alumni. He helped form Rhythm In Blue, a group of alumni musicians that perform annually at several community and civic events in the Canton/Stark County area.  Jay has spearheaded the alumni social media activity and assists with the annual Bluecoats History Night during spring training.  He is already at work on the alumni corps involvement in the Bluecoats 50th anniversary in 2022.

Bluecoats Executive Director David Glasgow praised all three of the inductees. “Each of these gentlemen continue to make great contributions to our program. For over 15 years they have helped our members, alumni and staff reach new heights that now includes a DCI World Championship.  They are most deserving of this honor.”

Submitted by
Randall Lamb, Bluecoats Board of Directors/Public Relations

Cadets to Join Innovations In Brass Lineup!

Following a change in their 2018 Summer Tour schedule, we’re excited to welcome The Cadets to the lineup of both Innovations In Brass: Akron and Innovations In Brass: Pittsburgh!

One of drum corps’ most decorated ensembles, the Cadets will perform for two of 2018’s most excited crowds in Akron, OH on Saturday, June 23rd, and in Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, June 28th. We’re glad to have them back in our lineup, and we’re looking forward to the competition this June.

You can purchase Akron tickets here or buy tickets for Pittsburgh here.