1989 Bluecoats Hall of Fame Member
Ralph McCauley, former Canton police officer, assistant director and director of the Canton Police Boys Club, is a founder and long-time administrator and supporter of the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps.
In 1972, Ralph and J. Babe Stearn, both of the Canton Police Boys Club were approached by local businessmen and former Canton & Massillon corps members Art Drukenbrod and Tom Jakmides about starting a drum & bugle corps for the youth of Canton, Ohio. Later that year Ralph, Art & Tom travelled to Marion, Ohio to witness the U.S Open, one of the largest drum & bugle corps competitions in the nation at that time. Inspired by Philadelphia’s P. A. L. (Police Athletic League) Cadets, upon their return the trio began work on the establishment of a drum & bugle corps music program based out of the Canton Police Boys Club – the program that Ralph would later name “Bluecoats”.
Ralph and his wife Betty served as a key members of the corps’ administrative and support team through the mid-1990’s and to this day remain strong supporters and huge fans.