Bluecoats News

2019 Bluecoats Hall of Recognition Nominations Now Open

The 2019 Bluecoats Hall of Recognition nomination form is now open! Nominations are open for the 2019 Bluecoats Hall of Fame, the 2019 Bloo Ribbon Bluecoat, and the 2019 Bluecoats Unsung Hero. Nominations should be submitted by completing this form and providing additional submissions of support. All nominations are due by April 1st. For a complete description of each award and more information on the nomination process, please visit this page.

Bluecoats Indoor 2019 World Premiere!

Bluecoats Indoor made its 2019 world premiere on Saturday, February 10 in Zionsville, Indiana to stands full of spectators cheering us on. The IHSCGA was proud to have us performing at Zionsville High School and we were excited to be there sharing our 2019 program “The Gravity of Reality.” At this first show of the season Bluecoats Indoor scored a 76.70. The team met Friday evening for regular rehearsal time and then again on Saturday […]

Monday Memory: When the Bluecoats Opened for Canadian Brass

25 years ago this winter, the Bluecoats decided to host a different kind of drum corps show for the 1994 season.  Actually, it wasn’t really a drum corps show at all.  Following the 1993 Drum Corps International season, the Star of Indiana reached an agreement to a series of performances with the world renown Canadian Brass, where the “drum corps” would perform on a smaller scale indoors and then in an even smaller set of […]

Bluecoats Seeks Bloo19 Staff & Interns!

Each summer the Bluecoats travel more than 10,000 miles, serve more than 800 meals per day on our kitchen truck, make pick-ups and drop-offs for hundreds of flights across the country, and keep a small city of 200 performers, educators, administrators, drivers, and volunteers running for three months straight. It takes a LOT of passion, drive, and elbow grease but we get it done each and every year. This year is no different! We’re seeking […]

Bluecoats to Represent United States, Canton in Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade

This is the Bluecoats’ second invitation to represent the US at the event. The Bluecoats are returning to Hong Kong for the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade! The corps will take 32 performers and 6 staff to Hong Kong, where the ensemble will perform selections from its 2018 DCI bronze medal production Session 44. This is the Bluecoats second invitation to the Chinese New Year Night Parade, a trip that takes the […]

Monday Memory: Time to Look as Good as We Sound

The first summer of the Bluecoats existence was a short tour — a few local parades in borrowed band pants and t-shirts with the Canton Police Boys Club logo.  A full color fundraising brochure was created to seek the dollars needed to uniform the corps, starting boldly with “Do you remember the 1973 Hall of Fame Parade and the sense of pride you felt when the fledgling Bluecoat drum and bugle corps marched by wearing […]

Bluecoats Accept Invitation from DCI for Alumni to Perform at 2022 Championships

Bluecoats is excited to announce it has accepted an invitation from Drum Corps International (DCI)  for the 2022 Bluecoats Alumni Corps to perform at the Drum Corps International World Championships Semifinals in celebration of both the DCI and Bluecoats 50th Anniversary!  The organization will spend 2022 celebrating many events with its alumni and broader community. The DCI Semifinals Performance will serve as a grand capstone to a season of celebrations. Mike Scott, Bluecoats Chief Executive […]

Key Additions To Bluecoats Educational & Design Teams Announced

October 8, 2018 – CANTON, OH – Today Bluecoats is excited to announce several great additions to its design and educational staff for the 2019 summer season. Joining the design team is Matt Jordan as Music Coordinator & Sound Designer. Matt moves to this new role from his previous position as the Bluecoats’ Associate Music Ensemble Coordinator. Joining the Bluecoats instructional team are Visual Co-Caption Head Jarrod Huntley, Assoc. Music Ensemble Coordinator Dr. David Hall, […]

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 […]

Bluecoats Indoor at Indianapolis Regional

Bluecoats Indoor made its 2019 WGI premiere this Saturday and Sunday at the WGI Indianapolis Regional! We scored an 82.200 in finals at our first regional of the season. We had a regular rehearsal on Friday followed by shortened rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate for our prelims and finals performances. A huge thank you to Elliot Babchick who sponsored the cast’s Saturday pre-show meal and Danielle Schweiger who sponsored the cast’s Sunday pre-show […]

DCI Championships in Indianapolis Hotel and Banquet Information

You’re invited to the 2019 Bluecoats Banquet! Come celebrate what will be an incredible Bluecoats season on Sunday, August 11 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. The banquet begins at 12:00pm with a brunch buffet, followed by the awards presentation and 2019 Age Out Speeches. The event ends at 3:00pm. All members, staff, alumni, volunteers, family, and friends are welcome to attend as we celebrate 2019 and look forward to another great year in 2020. *Early […]

Bluecoats News 02.09.19
Super Bloo in the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is a worldwide media event with the halftime extravaganza getting lots of attention beyond the sporting world.  Super Bowl 53 saw several Bluecoats participate in the halftime production. Nick Taylor, Jake Lyons, Colin Brewer, Corinne Artis, and Alex Naughton, all recent Bluecoats, had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the amazing halftime production at Super Bowl 53. Nick Taylor, a member of the 2008 Bluecoats Snare Line, is a musician in […]

Monday Memory: Preparing for the ‘Super Bowl’

No, the Bluecoats have not performed in, or around, a Super Bowl… yet.  As the world prepares for the biggest game in football this coming weekend, in 1981 the Bluecoats were preparing for their “Super Bowl” in the eyes of their director.  In just the second season after having been inactive, the Bluecoats were on the rise again.  A newspaper reporter sat down with director Tom Jakmides about how the season was progressing and he […]

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