2016 Bluecoats Hall of Fame Member
John & Suzanne Yerkey began their many years of service to the Bluecoats when their daughter Ellen joined the corps in 1985. Mr. Yerkey began his volunteer work as a driver of one of the buses and the equipment truck. Mrs. Yerkey helped with the uniforms and with the meals.
The couple took over the Bluecoats souvenir operation where they spent several weeks each summer selling corps related items at shows around the country. They helped design a T-shirt that became iconic on the drum corps circuit – “10 Reasons Why Drum Corps is Better Than Band.”
Even after Ellen aged out of the corps the Yerkeys continued to volunteer with the corps. They often opened their home to corps members and became surrogate parents to hundreds of Bluecoats who were away from their own homes and family.