A Monthly Giving Community Dedicated To Securing The Future Of Bluecoats

Give monthly, join a community with VIP access, and ensure Bluecoats continues to make an impact for generations.








The Shield is about more than a drum corps. It’s about a mission, launched by the Canton Police Boys’ Club, dedicated to the growth of young people. That mission has held the icon of a police shield as it’s calling card since even before Bluecoats was founded in 1972.

Today that shield comes to the protection of Bluecoats in the form of a monthly giving community. Donations are made each month via credit card and directly fund the programs that keep the mission alive today. As a member of The Shield, you are a VIP at the heart of our mission. You will have exclusive access to behind-the-scenes content, putting you in direct contact with the programs that you support. We’re even throwing VIP receptions at all of our drum corps shows!




It all started with a shield. A group of five men, all associated with the Canton Police Boys Club, started a drum and bugle corps. Shortly it would become “The Bluecoats,” named in honor of the uniform of those Canton police. The logo of the Boys’ Club? A shield of course!

That shield icon has stuck with us. We see it today as the logo of Bluecoats – an organization rooted in this history, bringing thousands of aspiring musicians the very best in performing arts education. Now The Shield becomes more than a logo. It takes the form of a community: supporters excited about this history and dedicated to securing our future.



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The Shield is more than a fundraiser. Our goal is to make a caring and engaged community. One that is passionate about our future, and eager to be in on the action. Members of The Shield will regularly receive behind-the-scenes content and in-depth coverage of the programs their membership supports. They will be invited to an exclusive Facebook group that includes pre-season show videos. a

There are also discounts at the Bluecoats Marketplace, club and suite ticket options, VIP parking, a badge to wear at Bluecoats events, and much more. We’re committed to making membership in The Shield an amazing experience for you – our most ardent supporters. To learn more about membership in The Shield – visit our FAQ page.





Like joining your local public radio station, The Shield is a monthly sustaining membership. By making an initial donation on the form above, you’ll be automatically enrolled. Bluecoats will charge your credit card each month. Bluecoats is a 501(c)3 non-profit and your membership in The Shield is tax-deductible.

In order to ensure that The Shield Community supports Bluecoats for generations to come, 50% of your donation will be automatically invested into the new Bluecoats Endowment Fund. This investment ensures that your membership directly supports the programs of Bluecoats for a lifetime! Learn more about the Bluecoats Endowment here.


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