Bluecoats News

Alumni Feature: Dawn Crandall Bradbury

Dawn Crandall Bradbury: 1995 Rook-Out – Brass Being a one season age-out, affectionately known as a “rook out”, is challenging in its own right. Regardless of being a one year member or a super vet, the experience of being a Bluecoat is life long.  We feature this month 2000 Contra (tuba) “rook out” Dawn Crandall Bradbury. Q: What was the show that made you want to be a Bluecoat? A: I have loved the Bluecoats […]

Bluecoats to Hong Kong in early 2017

LOS ANGELES RAMS CHEERLEADERS AND BLUECOATS DRUM & BUGLE CORPS SELECTED TO REPRESENT THE U.S. AS PART OF THE 22ND ANNUAL CATHAY PACIFIC LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS IN HONG KONG Performers from Around the World Participate in the “Best Fortune. World Party” Festivities Tens of Thousands Set to Visit Hong Kong and Experience Chinese New Year on January 28, 2017  Los Angeles, CA, January 5, 2017 – The Year of the Rooster takes flight with […]

The Legend of the Silver Penny

Legend of the Silver Penny For members of the Bluecoats, your first real arrival into the ranks is when you are given your blue shoelace.  All winter long rookies see coins jangling around the necks of veterans on that blue shoelace.  This year the shoelace, and the change that comes with it, turns 25 years old.  Members of the Bluecoats who complete a season receive a silver penny from that year to wear on a blue […]

Alumni Feature: Celeste Cooning

Celeste Cooning: 1994-1998 Color Guard Celeste, originally from Warsaw, Indiana, now calls Seattle, Washington her home. A graduate of Indiana University and University of Washington, Celeste is a visual artist working predominantly in cut paper. Her work has graced the Seattle-Tacoma Airport, Starbucks, Seattle’s Jackson Park, Zoe Juniper Dance Company, and Kinesis Project in NYC.

2017 Bluecoats off to an excellent start!

After winning their first Drum Corps International World Championship in August the Canton (Ohio) Bluecoats recently concluded a series of THE BLUE WAY Audition Experience camps to select the membership for the 2017 corps.  The live auditions took place in Canton as well as in California, Georgia, Texas and in the United Kingdom. Bluecoats Executive David Glasgow was thrilled with the results of the auditions.  “We had hundreds of students from around the world share […]


In 2017, the Bluecoats will run THREE outstanding drum corps competitions in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania!  See below for details on all three events. Innovations in Brass: Massillon Saturday, June 24th, 7:30pm Paul Brown Tiger Stadium Massillon, OH Join us on Saturday, June 24th for “Innovations in Brass: Massillon”, a classic drum corps experience at the historic Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, Ohio! 2017 Line-up includes: Bluecoats – Canton, OH Carolina Crown – Ft. […]

Alumni Feature: Kevin Armbruster

Kevin Armbruster: 1972-1980 Brass Kevin Armbruster got his drum corps fix started before age 10, when the Marion Cadets sent their feeder corps to nearby town for a parade.  Kevin was hooked, and drum corps was in his future plans even at a young age.  Fortunately for the Bluecoats, Kevin’s family soon moved to Canton, Ohio and a lo and behold, new drum corps was starting up in 1972.  The McKinley High School band member jumped in […]

Past Directors react to Championship

Recently one of our Founders, Ralph McCauley, was delivered a surprise at his home: a 2016 Championship ring.  Daughter, and former member, Beth McCauley shared the news and pictures for alumni (see right). While hundreds of young prospects hit the floor in November to audition for the 2017 Bluecoats.  We take this moment to look back at what our former directors had to say about winning a World Championship in 2016. Ralph McCauley (one of […]

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