A crowd of nearly 10,000 watched the pageantry of WGI Color Guard World Championships this weekend at The University of Dayton Arena. It was the perfect moment to celebrate the past, present, and the future endeavors of the Bluecoats and those who’ve helped us reach our goals. On the eve of competition finals, representatives from the Bluecoats and members of the WGI community attended 2017 WGI Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Bluecoats celebrated the […]
The Bluecoats, a non-profit youth education organization based in Canton, Ohio, are proud to announce the founding of Bluecoats Indoor, an exciting and innovative new performing arts program operating primarily in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. Bluecoats Indoor, launching as a WGI Winterguard for the 2018 competitive season, will be under the direction of Bluecoats Executive Director David Glasgow. Bluecoats Artistic Director Jon Vanderkolff, Choreographer Jim Moore, Choreographer Greg Lagola, and Choreographer Carol Abohatab will serve as the creative team […]
Marching with the Bluecoats gives members a diverse experience and after drum corps they move on to very varied lifestyles. Here are three recent news articles featuring our very own! Home is where the Kidney is (Dr. Lynsey Biondi: Baritone, 1994) After Lynsey’s marching days she turned to medicine and is now a sought-after specialist with Kidney transplants. Recently featured in the Ft. Myers, Florida news, Dr. Biondi was recruited by the the Gulf Coast Medical Center to re-start […]
Brad Gessner, 1981-1982, Soprano/Drum Major; 1986-2008 Volunteer/Board Member Brad Gessner joined the Bluecoats in 1981 marching soprano, and returned in 1982 as drum major. After aging out, he drove a bus for the Bluecoats, sold souvies, and occasionally cooked. He was also on the Bluecoats Board of Directors from 1986-2008, serving ten years as Chairman of the Board, and was inducted into the Bluecoats Hall of Fame in 1994. Brad grew up in Austintown, Ohio […]
In an on-going partnership with outstanding Stark County youth organization EN-RICH-MENT, we are proud to present the EN-RICH-MENT Stark County Youth Percussion Competition on Saturday May, 20th 2017 at the McKinley High School Downtown Campus Auditorium in Canton, Ohio. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & REGISTRATION INFORMATION Each contestant will have up to two minutes to showcase their skills in one of two classes – marching percussion using a marching snare, quads, or bass drum, or […]
John Kowal: 1979-1983, ’85 Percussion John Kowal became a Bluecoat in 1979 and marched in Bluecoats and Phantom Regiment until 1986, his age-out year. John is presently living just outside of Houston Texas, working as a mechanical engineer for the NASA Johnson Space Center. He has one twelve year old son and two step-daughters ages 19 and 23. Q: How has Bluecoats impacted your life? A: One of the things I’ve noticed about different organizations or institutions […]
The Bluecoats are now accepting nominations for our Hall of Fame! Click here for a description of the nomination process. If you have photographs, anecdotes, or other information to add to Hall of Fame member biographies, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can view a full listing of all Bluecoats Hall of Fame members here. Act now as nominations are due on April 1st!
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