Bluecoats News

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 marched in the Bluecoats color guard from 1994-1998. Originally from Warsaw, Indiana, she 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 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 with the corps playing soprano.

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 […]

Bloo Christmas Scholarship Drive!

Thanks to those who over the past week donated to the #bloo17 Scholarship Drive! We raised a nice amount for those members who may be financially in need for this season and in the process got a little something for the stockings over the chimney!

Rhythm IN BLUE announces 2017 plans

Bluecoats Rhythm IN BLUE Announces Exciting 2017 Organizational Structure  November 1, 2017. The World Champion Bluecoats alumni performance organization, Rhythm IN BLUE has announced its organizational structure and plans for 2017.  Rhythm IN BLUE is comprised of three performance ensembles, the all-alumni, summer performing Legacy Arc, a locally produced small music and visual ensemble called Curbside and a growing DCI SoundSport group. Jay Wise, who enters his fourth year as the Director of the organization, will […]

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