2018 Bluecoats Indoor WG: soundcheck

Bluecoats Indoor WG, our new WGI Independent World Winter Guard based in Indianapolis, is proud to announce our 2018 program – soundcheck.  

In this exciting new creation designed by our outstanding design team of Jon Vanderkolff, Greg Lagola, Jim Moore and Carol Abohatab, we react to, motivate, and embody the musical language of the band ‘Propellerheads’ via a modern twist on music, costuming and set design from the Mod era.

Check out our 2018 schedule to see if we are coming to a show near you.  AND – don’t forget to get your official Bluecoats Indoor WG merchandise!  For more information on Bluecoats Indoor WG , see our program page.

Here is a list of our excellent 2018 cast:


Over the course of the last few years, the Bluecoats have built up an inventory of props, uniforms, costumes, flags, electronic equipment and more that are in great condition, but is no longer in active use by our organization. In 2018, we are offering them for sale for bands, ensembles, and individuals that are looking to get their hands on some outstanding equipment to enhance their program, at a deeply discounted price.

Highlights include:

  • 2016 Props
  • 2017 Stage & Tarps
  • 2018 Bluecoats Indoor WG Props, Flags, Costumes & Floor
  • 2018 Bluecoats Line-array Speakers
  • 2013-2015 Bluecoats Uniforms
  • 2016 Bluecoats Costumes
  • 2017 Bluecoats Show Flags
  • Yamaha Generator
  • 16′ Black Utility Trailer
  • Never used soft battery equipment cases
  • MUCH more


If you see something you are interested in, contact us at sales@bluecoats.com or 330-433-9115 x2.  Let us know if you would like to see a photo, or need more information about a product.  If you see something your program can use, don’t hesitate to make us an offer!



In 2018, 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: Akron

Saturday, June 23rd, 7:30pm

InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field

Akron, OH

Join us on Saturday, June 23rd for “Innovations in Brass: Akron”, a premium drum corps experience returning to InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field.

2018 Line-up includes:

Bluecoats – Canton, OH

Carolina Crown – Ft. Mills, SC

Phantom Regiment – Rockford, IL

Crossmen – Boston, MA

Genesis – Austin, TX


Innovations in Brass: Pittsburgh

Thursday, June 28th, 7:30pm

Gateway High School’s Antimarino Stadium

Monroeville, PA

Join us Thursday, June 28th for Innovations in Brass: Pittsburgh at the beautiful Antimarino Stadium on the campus of Gateway High School in Monroeville, PA.

2018 Line-up Includes:

Bluecoats – Canton, OH

Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA

Madison Scouts – Madison, WI

Spirit of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA

Pioneer – Milwaukee, WI


The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Presents: The 2018 DCI Tour of Champions

Monday, August 6th, 7:30pm

Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

Massillon, OH

Join us on Monday, August 6th for the 2018 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!

2018 Line-up includes:

Bluecoats – Canton, OH

Carolina Crown – Ft. Mill, SC

Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA

The Cavaliers – Rosemont, IL

Boston Crusaders – Boston, MA

Blue Knights – Denver, CO

Crossmen – San Antonio, TX

Mandarins – Sacramento, CA


Bluecoats Announce Formation of The Shield & Bluecoats Endowment Fund

CANTON, OH – This past Tuesday, also known as #GivingTuesday, the day following Thanksgiving when Americans donate millions of dollars to charity, Bluecoats made two important announcements surrounding its long-term development programs. The first is a monthly giving community similar to the membership programs of local public radio and television stations. This program, dubbed The Shield, will provide VIP experiences for its members including receptions at DCI and WGI events, and early media access to pre-season content. Bluecoats has been known recently to intensely guard each summer’s DCI program information until the first show. Some of this information will be available to The Shield donors.

Additionally, Bluecoats announced the start of an endowment fund – invested by the Stark Community Foundation in Stark County, Ohio. This fund – like those of its Higher Education counterparts – will invest the gifts of the Bluecoats constituents and allow for a longer, more lasting impact of their gifts. Starting today all Bluecoats donors have the option of directing their major gifts, stock transfers, and estate bequests to the Bluecoats Endowment Fund.

For more information on the Bluecoats Endowment Fund visit bluecoats.com/endowment. You can learn more about The Shield and join at bluecoats.com/theshield.

Queen, Chreste, Lluvera, more join 2018 staff!

With audition season kicking off this weekend in Texas, we are excited to announce several key additions to the 2018 Bluecoats instructional staff.  See below for a list of new faces that will help contribute to our success this summer.





For more information on the entirety of the Bluecoats 2018 team, including our full admin, design and instructional team, click here.   Stay tuned for more exciting announcements regarding the Bluecoats 2018 season.





Help Wanted! We’re On The Hunt For A Winter/Spring Development Intern

We’re looking for a highly motivated, self-reliant, and generally amazing person to join our team from January to April/May as a Development Intern! This person must possess excellent attention to detail, be self-motivated, and comfortable with repetitive and challenging projects essential to the success of Bluecoats. We imagine this intern working from home so great internet access and a comfortable understanding of communication tools are a must.

You’ll work with our remote office team on data entry, thanking and acknowledging donors, preparing donor and engagement projects, and executing social media campaigns. The internship will follow an agreed upon syllabus and will include at least one video or phone check-in per week. It is preferred if the intern has a set weekly schedule to work Bluecoats-related projects in.

In addition to working from home, there’s the option to travel to Bluecoats Indoor and the drum corps’ events in Dayton and Canton, OH.

If you are interested in how a small, remote team runs a multi-million dollar non-profit organization, especially how we engage with constituents, cultivate relationships, and fundraise – this internship is for you!

What to expect:

  • You will complete challenging projects weekly with set deadlines. Expect 5-10 hours per week.
  • You will communicate with our team from home, using excellent written communication skills on a suitable internet connection.
  • Expect at least one scheduled phone or video meeting with the Business Development Manager weekly.
  • You will engage with donors, fans and other constituents via social media, email, and thank you letters.
  • You will learn the ins-and-outs of Salesforce, an enterprise-level CRM. Expect a steep learning curve and high-stakes work.
  • You can see the entire syllabus here.

The details:

  • Term – January to April
    • A few start-up tasks in December if available. Just getting to know the team and the tools we use.
    • If available and appropriate, you may be invited to work through May and our transition into Bloo18 Spring Training.
    • If available and appropriate, you may apply to continue the internship through the summer term (May through the DCI World Championships in August).
  • Compensation – none. Your supervisor will be happy to take any necessary steps to ensure that you receive college credit for this internship. Travel compensation may be provided if appropriate.
  • Location – remote (from home or school). Weekly phone or video meetings with supervisor. Daily conversation via Slack and email.
  • Scope – assist with development tasks including donor engagement, marketing (including email marketing), administration of a new monthly giving program, data entry and administration, Salesforce administration, and other projects related to donor cultivation and program marketing and PR.

To Apply:

Email Mike Scott at mscott@bluecoats.com with a PDF resume and cover letter that outlines why you are excited about the internship and why you think you will be a good fit. Word or Apple Pages files will not be accepted. Applications are due by December 4th at 10:00 PM ET.

Raiford and Kusmierczak join Bluecoats Staff

The Bluecoats are proud to the announce the addition of Michael Raiford and Lindsay Kusmierczak to the Bluecoats design and instructional teams.  Michael will serve on the design team in the role of Scenic Designer, and Lindsay joins the instructional staff as Guard Caption Head.

Scenic Designer Michael B. Raiford is a freelance artist based in Austin, Texas.  He has designed, staged, and choreographed for DCI, BOA and WGI ensembles for over 30 years.  In drum corps, he has been instrumental in the success of many DCI finalist corps including Suncoast Sound, Magic of Orlando, The Cavaliers, Academy, Glassmen and Troopers.  He currently designs for the excellent high school marching band programs at the The Woodlands High School in Texas, Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma and more .  Michael was also instrumental in the success of the 5-time WGI World Championship Fantasia Winter Guard.  Outside of the marching arts, Michael works as a professional scenic designer for theater, opera and dance.  Career highlights include work with Blast: The Music of Disney, The New Victory Theatre NYC, The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Ford’s Theatre Washington, DC, Cleveland Playhouse, Ballet Austin, Opera Boston, Central City Opera,and Austin Lyric Opera and more.  In his role with the Bluecoats, Michael’s primary focus will be on set design.

Guard Caption Head Lindsay Kusmierczak has been involved in the pageantry arts for over 20 years.  She has taught several top drum corps, including: Southwind, Glassmen, Blue Knights, Phantom Regiment, as well as Millennium, located in Northern Italy.  She served as the Color Guard Coordinator for Phantom Regiment in 2017.  In addition to teaching drum corps, Lindsay has also been a staff member with Paramount World Winter Guard, from Atlanta, Georgia, as well as BOA & WGI finalist, Harrison High School, from Kennesaw, Georgia.  Lindsay currently serves as the Guard Director at Prosper High School in Prosper, TX and is a member of the staffs at Broken Arrow HS, L.D. Bell HS, and Flower Mound HS.  Lindsay is excited to work with Guard Designer, Choreographer and Supervisor Jim Moore to lead a staff of new and returning instructors.

Michael and Lindsay join a consistent group of outstanding designers and instructors responsible for the Bluecoats unprecidented levels of artistic and competitive success in recent years.

Program Coordinator Dean Westman and Artistic Director/Visual Designer Jon Vanderkolff will continue to lead the Bluecoats Design Team in 2017.  Vince Oliver returns as Composer/Electronics Designer and will also serve as the corps’ Music Coordinator in 2017. Composers Doug Thrower and Tom Rarick will return as Composer/Brass Designer and Composer/Percussion Designer, respectively.  Aaron Beck returns as Audio Systems Designer.  Jim Moore continues as Guard Designer, Choreographer and Guard Caption Supervisor, and Greg Lagola returns as Costume Designer and Choreographer.

Caption Supervisor Dave Mackinnon and Caption Head Derek Gipson will again lead the Bluecoats Brass program.  Ryan Kilgore will continue as Music Ensemble & Staff Coordinator, again assisted by Matt Jordan.  Roger Carter returns as Percussion Caption Head, and in his sixteenth year with the Bluecoats, Brad Palmer returns as Front Ensemble Coordinator.  Mike Fanning returns for his fifth season as the corps’ Visual Caption Head.  Erik Kosman will again serve the Bluecoats as Lead Sound Engineer.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements regarding the Bluecoats 2018 season in the days and weeks to come.

Register to audition for the 2018 Bluecoats!

Audition for the 2018 Bluecoats by attending one of THE BLUE WAY Audition Experience Camps!

By attending a BLUE WAY Audition Experience camp, you will not only audition for the corps’ upcoming season, you will have the opportunity to experience and learn the skills necessary to perform at the highest levels of the drum corps activity.  Our 2018 audition dates are as follows:

November 18-19, 2017:  Ft. Worth, TX – All Sections
November 25-26, 2017:   Canton, OH – All Sections
December 3, 2017:  Mission Viejo, CA – All Sections
December 9-10, 2017:  Atlanta, GA – All Sections