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THE BLUE WAY – Summer Interactive Educational Experience

June 9 @ 9:00 am - June 10 @ 5:00 pm


Spend the weekend with Bluecoats!

Want to play alongside the 2018 Bluecoats, step into the rehearsal arc with the Bluecoats staff, even eat from the Bluecoats food truck?! Well now’s your shot!


THE BLUE WAY Interactive Educational Experience has a new home at the Bluecoats new Spring Training site in Marion, IN.  Join us June 9-10 at Indiana Wesleyan University for an overnight camp playing, rehearsing, and even performing with the 2018 Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps. With clinics for brass, battery percussion, colorguard, and drum major – every student will spend quality time with our world-renowned staff, and even perform an excerpt of our 2018 production with the drum corps!

Whether you plan to audition for the Bluecoats in the future and want to get a taste of what to expect, or you just want to learn what it takes to be the best – THE BLUE WAY is for you!

Register Here

The price increases to $200 for individuals and $175 for groups on June 1st.

More About The Event

Event Schedule:

  • June 9th
    • 9:00a – Event Registration Opens
    • 10:00a – Kick-off
    • 11:00p – Lights Out!
  • June 10th
    • 1:00p – Bluecoats Marketplace Opens
    • 2:00p – Show & Tell Performance w/ Bluecoats – featuring music from 2018 production

Students will receive:

  • Dormitory housing for one night on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University
  • All meals provided by the Bluecoats food truck. (You’ll even eat alongside the corps!)
  • THE BLUE WAY t-Shirt
  • One pair of Innovative Percussion drumsticks (for percussion students)
  • “THE BLUE WAY” Instructional Book for brass and percussion (download link sent at later date)
  • Instruction with Bluecoats staff and additional instructional materials

In addition to the world-class instructional staff at Bluecoats, the event will be managed by:

  • David Glasgow – Executive Director
  • Charles Stewart – THE BLUE WAY Event Director
  • Mike Scott – Business Development Manager
  • Bill Hamilton – Corps Manager
  • Cody Schuster – Tour Administrator
  • A world-class drum major and leadership team

Parent information:

  • Parents are more than welcome to visit the clinic throughout both days.
  • Housing for parents can be secured at one of several hotels in the Marion, IN and surrounding area.

Travel information:

  • Click here for driving directions to Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Once on campus, follow Bluecoats event signs to the registration area at the Barnes Student Center
  • Flight & Shuttle Information
    • You may fly into Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) no later than 9:01 AM EST on Saturday, June 9th.
    • Please arrange departing flights for no earlier than 6:00 PM EST on Sunday, June 10th.
    • To arrange transportation to and from the airport, or local bus/train stations – please email transportation@bluecoats.com. Include the following information in your email:
      • Name
        Indicate that you are a “THE BLUE WAY” participant
        Destination (i.e. Fort Wayne Airport, Bus Station,etc.)
        Airline / Bus Company
        Flight # / Bus #
        Arrival Day / Time and Departure Day / Time
        Cell Phone # (if available)
  • Note – we cannot provide overnight housing on Friday, June 8th. Please arrange a stay at a local hotel.

About The Interactive Drum Major Clinic

Led by former Jeffersontown High School (KY) Director of Bands and former Bluecoats drum major  Charles Stewart, students attending the 2018 Interactive Clinic for Drum Majors will cover the following key areas to help them prepare for their role as drum major for high school or college:
  • Student Leadership Training & Development
  • Effective Audition Preparation
  • Conducting fundamentals
  • Expressive & Non-verbal communication
  • Conducting a “Live” Ensemble
  • Verbal Commands & Salutes

What To Bring

  • Running shoes/sneakers
  • Lightweight athletic clothes for day
  • Warm athletic clothes for night
  • Sunscreen!
  • Large water bottle
  • Pajamas
  • Toiletries/Shower items & towel
  • Bedding (no linens are provided)
  • Drum Major students should bring:
    • Notebook
    • Pencils
    • Baton (optional)
  • Snare/Tenor students should bring:
    • Snare or Tenor Drum
    • Drum stand or carrier
    • Extra pair of sticks
    • THE BLUE WAY Instructional Packet (download link sent later)
    • Pencil
  • Brass students should bring:
    • Trumpet, Mellophone, Baritone/Euphonium, or Tuba/Sousaphone
    • Mouthpiece
    • THE BLUE WAY Instructional Packet (download link sent later)
    • Pencil
  • Guard students should bring the following:
    • 6′ flag
    • Rifle (optional)
    • Sabre (optional)
    • Clothes appropriate for movement/dancing


June 9 @ 9:00 am
June 10 @ 5:00 pm
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Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S Nebraska St
Marion, IN 46953 United States
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