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 Lindsey 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.com.

Bluecoats Announce Bloo19 Audition Experience Camps

REGISTRATION OPEN CLICK HERE!

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 bluecoats.com/audition2019. 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 bluecoats.com/events.

Bluecoats End Incredible Season With Bronze Medal Finish

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Tens of thousands of fans stood and cheered as the 2018 Bluecoats ended their season at the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis on Saturday night. The show – Session 44 – was about the performer’s journey. It came to a fitting end as 154 Bluecoats performers came face-to-face with a roaring crowd. Bringing jazz classics like God Bless The Child, the Dry Cleaner From Des Moines, and Bird and Bella in B-flat to the field, the Bluecoats toured nearly 10,000 miles and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans, music students, and music teachers around the country.

Each year Bluecoats embarks on this huge project, bringing the Bluecoats experience to 165 young performers and thousands of clinic students, not to mention the fans and aspiring student musicians that pack football stadiums across the United States and share on social media thousands of times over. “This summer was a fantastic experience for the entire Bluecoats family,” said David Glasgow, Bluecoats Executive Director, “I truly believe that this was the best Bluecoats ensemble we’ve ever had and I’m grateful for such an incredible summer.” For Glasgow this season was bittersweet. He will step into a new role at Bluecoats on September 1st serving as an Executive Advisor to Mike Scott and Genevieve Geisler. This pair will take over leadership at the organization, serving as the CEO and COO/CFO respectively.

This season marks the fourth top-three medalist finish for the corps in the last five years, and the third bronze medal finish in the corps’ history. “Session 44 was another remarkable chapter for Bluecoats as we continue to explore our voice within the arts community,” said Mike Scott. “Our continued competitive success is incredible, but it’s just one illustration of our continued achievement bringing the Bluecoats voice to this activity and the Bluecoats experience to our students, staff, fans, and supporters.

While the end of a Drum Corps International tour is a huge event, it is not the end of the Bluecoats programming for the year. The Bluecoats Indoor Audition Experience is set for September 15th and 16th at Edison School of the Arts in the shadow of Lucas Oil in downtown Indianapolis. Registration is open now on the event page. Bluecoats Indoor brings the Bluecoats experience to the WGI arena in the form of a world-class winterguard. Then, before the end of 2018, the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps will start up again with auditions in Ohio, Georgia, Texas, and California in November and December. Stay tuned for more information.

We want to thank all of our supporters – whether they’re donors, Sustaining Members, volunteers, parents, promoters, ticket buyers, or just fans. Without you, this incredible summer would not be possible. Thank you!

 

Bluecoats Indoor Auditions Set, Registration Open!

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Bluecoats Indoor, the World-Class indoor winterguard started just last year is back for a second year! The Bluecoats Indoor Audition Experience is scheduled for September 15th and 16th at Edison School of the Arts in downtown Indianapolis. Check-in will begin at 10 am and overnight accommodations will be provided at the school.

The program, which last year brought the incredible Bluecoats creative team and the unforgettable Bluecoats’ experience together in the WGI arena, will return with the same creative team that created the 2018 show and that helps to create the visual elements of the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps shows that we all love.

“The first year of Bluecoats Indoor was exciting for so many reasons – the freshness, the intensity, the unknowns of starting a new program,” said Mike Scott of Bluecoats. “This year is exciting for so many different reasons. I cannot wait to get the team back together, to bring our inaugural members together with newcomers, and to see what we can do now that the ‘newness’ is past us and we get to put ourselves out there once again as Bluecoats.”

Registration opened today for the Bluecoats Indoor Audition Experience. Registrations between now and August 31st receive a discounted Early Bird rate of $49. Beginning Sept. 1st, the full price of the two-day event is $65. An FAQ is available on the event page.

With questions about Bluecoats Indoor auditions and membership email bluecoatsindoor@bluecoats.com. For more information about Bluecoats and our programming, email us at bluecoats@bluecoats.com.

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.”

DigitalMarchingFX.com 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, DigitalMarchingFX.com 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 DigitalMarchingFX.com’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 DigitalMarchingFX.com. We look forward to working with him in 2018 and beyond,” said Bluecoats Executive Director David Glasgow.

While DigitalMarchingFX.com is new to the Bluecoats’ family of corporate sponsors, the company is no stranger to the organization. DigitalMarchingFX.com 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 DigitalMarchingFX.com is part of the Stanbury family of companies, they are a perfect fit for the Bluecoats,” Glasgow continued.  Learn more about DigitalMarchingFX.com on their website. Learn more about Bluecoats at bluecoats.com.

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