Bluecoats News

Alumni Feature: Brad Gessner

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 […]

Bluecoats/EN-RICH-MENT partner on Percussion Competition for local youth

The Bluecoats and EN-RICH-MENT have decided to cancel this event for 2017.  Please stay tuned in the months to come for details on the 2018 Stark County Youth Percussion Competition. 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 […]

Alumni Feature: John Kowal

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 […]

Now Accepting Bluecoats HOF Nominations

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  You can view a full listing of all Bluecoats Hall of Fame members here. Act now as nominations are due on April 1st!

Social perspective: Bluecoats in Hong Kong

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Indy Hotel and Banquet Information

You’re invited to the 2017 Bluecoats Banquet! Come celebrate what will be an incredible Bluecoats season on Sunday, August 13 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. The banquet begins at 12:00pm with a brunch buffet, followed by the awards presentation and 2017 Age Out Speeches. The event ends at 3:00pm. All members, staff, alumni, volunteers, family, and friends are welcome to attend as we celebrate 2017 and look forward to another great year in 2018. Hotel […]

2017 Summer Internship Positions Available

Looking for an adventure this summer? The Bluecoats are seeking highly-motivated and detail-oriented individuals to fill internships during the Bluecoats 2017 Summer Tour.  Positions include: Tour Administration Intern (3) Prop and Tour Administration Intern (1) Videography Interns (1) Audio Production and Electronics Intern (1) Merchandising Intern (2) Each summer Bluecoats operates a fast-paced and high-energy performance tour, traveling nearly 12,000 miles by road and performing more than 30 shows, parades, concerts, and clinics around the United […]

Hong Kong 2017 Blog (complete)

Welcome to Michelle’s Hong Kong Blog! Intro: Photo: Katie Dillman My name is Michelle Russo and I played trumpet for the Bluecoats in 2014, 2015, and my ageout year of 2016. In a few short hours, I will be joining the Bluecoats as a performer one more time as we embark on our journey to Hong Kong to perform for the Chinese New Year! With several performances, a parade, and a multitude of excursions around […]

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