2018 Pre-owned YAMAHA Equipment Sale

The Bluecoats are once again selling their YAMAHA brass, percussion equipment, available for delivery in late August of 2018. Take advantage of GREAT savings on high quality pre-owned equipment for you or your band program today!



Equipment Sale FAQ:

What is the purchase process?

All instruments available immediately will require payment in full before delivery. For all instruments available after the 2018 season, a 25% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve instruments, and payment in full is due by August 15th, 2018. We also accept Purchase Orders from School Districts. All instruments are sold on a first come, first serve basis.

When will my instrument be shipped?

All instruments available immediately will be shipped within 14 days of payment received in full. If full payment is received by August 15th (for instruments available after the 2018 season), your instrument(s) will be shipped prior to September 1st, 2018. If you choose to use our optional Recondition Service for brass instruments (see below for details), your instrument will be shipped as soon as the service has been completed, usually by September 15th, 2018 depending on when the order was placed.

What if I need my instrument sooner?

If you need your instrument sooner than listed above, you can pick up your instrument in Canton, Ohio after August 15th, 2018 or you can pick them up on August 1ath, 2018 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN immediately following DCI Finals. There is no shipping charge for instruments that are picked up in person. The optional recondition service is not available on instruments picked up prior to September 15.

Can these instruments be shipped outside the continental 48 states?

Yes, in some cases, but please contact us for shipping quotes and purchasing information.

What is included in the optional Recondition Service for Brass Instruments?

When you purchase our optional Recondition Service, your instrument receives the following:

  • General “wipe-down” of the instrument
  • Surface-buff of high visibility areas on instrument
  • Complete lubrication and adjustment of all moving parts including valves, slides, etc.
  • Removal of all major dents that do not require instrument disassembly
  • General “clean-out” and “wipe-down” of instrument case

Taylor Band & Orchestra, an instrument sales & repair shop located in Akron, OH, provides the recondition service. They have been the Bluecoats’ longtime choice for brass instrument repair and service. For more information on Taylor Band & Orchestra, please visit their website at www.taylorband.com.

What condition will my brass instrument be in if I don’t purchase the optional Recondition Service?

All instruments will be clean, in working order, and without any major dents, but will be shipped in the condition they are in upon completion of the corps’ 2018 season.



Bluecoats, Indiana Wesleyan University partner for 2018 Spring Training

Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps from Canton, Ohio and Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in Marion, Indiana are pleased to announce that IWU will be the new home for Bluecoats’ spring training starting in 2018!

Having served as Bluecoats’ housing site for the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana since 2013, IWU has the perfect mix of outstanding facilities and excellent service uniquely suited to hosting the corps for their 5-week spring training. While on campus, the corps will have access to air-conditioned housing and multiple lighted grass rehearsal fields. In addition, Bluecoats will utilize the Phillippe Performing Arts Center, Troyer Fieldhouse Athletic Center, and the university’s new state-of-the-art football complex that will be completed prior to the corps’ arrival this spring.

IWU Executive Director of Conference Services, Keith Brakel, is excited to further develop the university’s relationship with Bluecoats. “Indiana Wesleyan University is thrilled to host the corps for spring training. Their organization exhibits the highest degree of excellence both on and off the field. We look forward to expanding our partnership!”

“We’ve established an excellent relationship with both Keith and Indiana Wesleyan University in the last 5 years, and when we found out that we needed to search for a new home for spring training, we immediately put them at the top of our list,” said David Glasgow, Bluecoats Executive Director. “They have incredible facilities that will allow us all the tools necessary to set our 2018 season up for success.”

Indiana Wesleyan University will host Bluecoats from May 16th – June 20th, 2018. All rehearsals will be open to the public, but the corps asks that no video or still photography be taken of any of their activities while on campus.  In addition, THE BLUE WAY Interactive Educational Experience, a weekend educational clinic side-by-side with members and staff of Bluecoats, will be held at IWU in Marion, IN on June 9-10 – stay tuned for details!  For more information on Bluecoats, please visit their website at bluecoats.com. For more information on Indiana Wesleyan University, their website can be found at indwes.edu.

Help Wanted! Join the Bloo18 Intern Team!

    • Looking for an adventure this summer?

Bluecoats is seeking highly-motivated and detail-oriented individuals to fill internships during the Bluecoats Bloo18 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 Bloo18 summer internship is 5:00 pm on March 12th.

The positions will be defined as follows:

Tour Operations Intern (2-3)


      • 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 food service 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.


      • NOTE: Due to fleet insurance requirements, at least one position will be filled by a candidate that is 23 years or older. All candidates must be 21 or older to apply.
      • Ability to collaborate with others in a fast-paced, intense, and sometimes 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 to 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.

Tour Operations Intern w/ Stage Management and Prop Focus (1)


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


      • Must be 21 or older to apply.
      • 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.

Food Service Operations Intern (1)


      • Learn and understand the operations of a traveling commercial kitchen
      • Assist the Food Service Manager
      • Find ways to improve and refine the Bluecoats foodservice operation.
      • Keep an accurate inventory of all ingredients and supplies, and execute regular inventory counting procedures.
      • Work closely with the Food Service Manager and Chief Operations Officer in managing the foodservice supply chain.
      • Integrate with the Bluecoats Tour Operations team, including the Tour Operations Intern, to ensure on-schedule procurement of ingredients and supplies


      • Must be 21 or older to apply.
      • Demonstrated aptitude for team management, operations improvement, and hard work
      • Experience in food service or customer service 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.

Media and Communications Intern (1)


      • 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.


      • 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.

Merchandising Intern (1)


      • 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.


      • Ability to collaborate with others in a 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 to 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.

Fundraising and Development Intern (1)

NOTE: This internship can follow either a Spring Training-only schedule or a Tour-only schedule, or both.


      • Be an outstanding representative of Bluecoats to our donors, alumni, parents, and fans.
      • Using a thorough understanding of the Bluecoats’ mission, wear it on your sleeve.
      • Assist with the improvement of the Bluecoats Constituent Relationship Managment (CRM) database including:
        • learning how to be a Salesforce Admin and improve our CRM systems and processes,
        • working through de-duplication of Household and Contact records,
        • improving our email marketing system,
      • Communicate with our donors, alumni, and parents about upcoming events, notable news, and how to support Bluecoats.
      • Assisting with the management of development events including alumni and community events at Spring Training, the Bluecoats-operated DCI shows, and the VIP reception for members of The Shield Community.
      • Envisioning and executing opportunities for growth of The Shield sustaining membership program.
      • Assisting with the execution of the #movingINBLUE Call-A-Thon


      • Ability to collaborate with others in a fast-paced, intense, and stressful environment.
      • Strong aptitude for out-of-the-box critical thinking skills.
      • Strong aptitude for using new technology
      • Huge sense of initiative, an ability to see a project and know exactly how you can take small steps to improve it.
      • Great interpersonal skills
      • Excellent writing skills


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, foodservice. and props only),
      • to submit to a FBI/BCI background check; and,
      • to work entire summer from May 15/16 to Aug 12/13 2018 (conflicts will be considered on a case-by-case basis).
        • Fundraising and Development interns can be available for only Spring Training (15 May – 20 June) if necessary.

To apply, please submit the following to bhamilton@bluecoats.com:

  • A cover letter detailing why you would be an excellent, engaged, and interesting choice for the Bloo18 intern team,
  • Your Resume
  • Tour Operations, Food Service, and Merchandising applicants should submit a signed and completed Insurance Background Check Authorization Form (download here).
  • Media & Communications Intern applicants should submit links or attach copies of their portfolio or other relevant and notable work.

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on March 12th.

Meet Our Spring Development Interns!

This Spring, we are excited to have added some new faces to our Development team. Bluecoats went on a search late this fall for potential interns eager to work hard and learn more about what it takes to run a performing arts non-profit like ours. After much consideration, we are happy to welcome Zach Fitzgibbon and Ayleia Marcum to the team as our 2018 Spring Development Interns. Zach and Ayleia will be working alongside Business Development Manager, Mike Scott, serve as a liaison between Bluecoats and our dedicated members of The Shield donor community, and assist in handling the day-to-day tasks associated with helping Bluecoats maintain the utmost operational effectiveness. Our interns are already well along in their workloads within the Bluecoats organization, and we look forward to having them on board for this spring semester!

Zach Fitzgibbon

Zach currently resides in Minneapolis, MN, where he is in his 4th and final year of undergraduate education and will be graduating this May with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Outside of his studies, Zach is very much familiar with the world of Drum Corps International. In addition to working with the Bluecoats this spring, he has also served as a marching member of the ensemble, playing snare in the 2017 program “Jagged Line,” and is returning to the Bluecoats in 2018 as our battery section leader. He has also spent time with the Madison Scouts, Cadets, and Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps before his time with the Bluecoats. Zach hopes to begin his career in the field of HR, working to foster effective communications between co-workers and project team members alike.


Ayleia Marcum

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Ayleia is currently in pursuit of her undergraduate degree in Arts Administration with a minor in Tuba Performance at the University of Kentucky. Through past internship experiences, Ayleia has previously worked with several groups, most notably Kentucky Educational Television (KET) as their Development Intern and as the Administrative Intern for East Carolina University’s Four Seasons Winter Workshop Chamber Music Festival. She has previously marched with UK’s marching band and is an avid fan of Drum Corps International and the marching arts. She plans to dedicate her career to working with organizations like the Bluecoats, hoping to create opportunities that foster the same transformative impact music has had on her life onto others. Ayleia is very excited to interact with supporters of the Bluecoats and further promote the organization.

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.