Bluecoats News

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 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 […]

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 […]

Bluecoats News 01.18.19
Bluecoats mourn loss of former member, instructor, and volunteer

Bluecoats are saddened to share the loss of one of their own today.  Sheila Bear-Wallace was tragically killed by a gunman while walking her dog in a Cleveland neighborhood park on Thursday, January 17th. Sheila was an early member of the Bluecoats as a color guard performer from 1978-80. After aging out, Sheila remained with the corps as an instructor and was a principal part of the visual program, helping the corps achieve the 1981 […]

Bluecoats News 01.17.19
A Busy Weekend For Bluecoats: DCI Annual Meetings, Health & Wellness & Bluecoats Indoor!

Last weekend was busy for Bluecoats, as our staff, executive team, designers, and even Bluecoats Indoor gathered in Indianapolis for a weekend of fun, rehearsals, and great conversation. The Bluecoats executive team, caption heads, designers, and members of the board of directors came together for the 2019 DCI Annual Meetings and Instructors Summit. Dubbed “Here’s To Our Health,” the summit was an opportunity to discuss the state of our activity, learn more about DCI’s efforts […]

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 […]

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