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World Press Release announcing 2022 Alumni Corps Design Team

Update #3 to 2022 Alumni Corps participants

September 2019

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December 2018

World Press Release announcing Bluecoats accepting the invitation for alumni to perform at DCI Championship Week 2022.

November 2018

Internal e-mail update for Alumni Corps participants announcing performance at DCI Championship Week 2022.

March 2018

Initial letter inviting alumni to participate in the 2022 50th Anniversary Alumni Corps.


50th Anniversary Alumni Corps Steering Committee Biographies


Ted Swaldo, Chair

In 1984, Ted took over the Bluecoats as Executive Director, a volunteer position he held until his retirement in 1994. During his tenure, Ted’s management abilities, and enthusiasm, became the catalyst, which not only propelled the Bluecoats into national recognition as a competitive unit, but also as a role model for other youth organizations throughout the country. Under his leadership the corps jumped from 28th place to 8th place in Drum Corps International in just five short years. Ted was inducted into the Bluecoats Hall of Fame in 1992.

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LARRy hershman

Larry joined the Bluecoats organization in the fall of 1985 as the corps’ first Program Director. Under Larry’s tutelage the corps finished 15th in 1986 and by 1989 was 8th. Larry returned to the corps in 2000 as Program Coordinator again and led the Bluecoats back into the top 12 and continued in that role through 2003. He was instrumental in the management structure change that saw the first ever full-time corps director. Larry was inducted into the Bluecoats Hall of Fame in 1991.

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Bill started his marching career as an early member of the Bluecoats. After marching in the corps for seven years, Bill stayed on to serve as brass instructor, brass caption head, and then tour coordinator before serving as the corps director until 2003. Bill is the longest active member of the Bluecoats organization, having been involved as a member, instructor or administrator in all but two years of the corps’ existence. Bill was inducted into the Bluecoats Hall of Fame in 1991.

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David served as Executive Director between 2004 and 2018. Prior to taking on this role, he served as Assistant Director in 2003 and Tour Coordinator in 2002. David is a proud alumnus of the Bluecoats, having been a marching member for four years, serving his final two years as Drum Major. In his final five seasons as Executive Director of the Bluecoats, the corps finished as medalist in four of those, including the organization’s first World Championship in 2016. David was inducted into the Bluecoats Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Mike scott

Mike is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Bluecoats, serving in a similar role with Rhythm X, Inc., a performing arts organization based in Dayton, Ohio. At Rhythm X, he oversaw the growth of the organization from a community-based percussion ensemble to a music education non-profit hosting a world-class drumline, WGI Winds ensemble, and an Open Class drumline based in the Netherlands. Formerly the Business Development Manager of the Bluecoats, he has been a significant contributor to the organization and has demonstrated outstanding organizational and leadership skills that have earned him the CEO position. Mike performed with the Bluecoats in 2011 as Assistant Conductor.



Jay has been involved with the Bluecoats in just about every capacity dating back 30 years. He was a member of the horn line in the late 1980s, worked briefly as instructional staff in the early 1990s and volunteered as a bus driver, souvenir salesman and public relations coordinator through the mid 1990s. He was named to the Bluecoats Board of Directors in 1995 and a year later the Assistant Director, a position he held through May 1997. After stepping away from the activity, he returned in 2012 to play a minor role in the 40th Anniversary Celebrations and then helped to form and lead the alumni ensemble Rhythm IN BLUE beginning in 2014. Jay was inducted into the Bluecoats Hall of Fame in 2018.


Lane armey

Lane was a 6-year member of the Bluecoats, marching Quads from 1993 to 1998, and was the Percussion Member of the Year in 1997. He returned to teach the BlueQ in 2001, and was the Percussion Caption Head in 2003 and 2004. After moving to California in 2005, Lane began working with the Homestead High School Percussion Ensemble, helping to lead them to 5 WGI World Class Finalist appearances. Lane is the VP of the Marketing for the Proximity Group, a collection of e-commerce businesses. He lives just outside Sacramento with his wife Vanessa. His sister Mandy is a 5-year veteran of the Bluecoats Front Ensemble (1996-2000) and his mom Dinah is a Bluecoats Hall of Fame member as a long-timer volunteer.

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Jenn was a member of the Bluecoats Color Guard from 1999 to 2003 and served as the captain in her final two seasons. She remained with the corps after aging out as Tour Director from 2004 through 2007. Jenn continued to work in the color guard world with Pacific Crest and several Orange County, California guards for the next decade after leaving the Bluecoats. After “retiring” from instructing, she briefly worked with Creative Costuming and Designs in various departments. Jenn has remained active within the Bluecoats organization by assisting with the California audition camps and supporting the corps and members with whatever is needed throughout the season


 2022 Design Team Bios

It’s no easy task to take FIFTY years of drum corps, with all the evolution the activity has seen, and to take over two hours of BLUECOAT shows and bring together a single 20-minute experience that shows that evolution in a uniquely Bloo Way. We are honored to announce that tasked with creating just such a show, unlike any other, will be in the hands of not just some of our best, but the activity’s best.

DOUG THROWER: BRass arrangements

Doug Thrower has been a brass instructor for the Bluecoats since 1992 and has arranged for the corps since 1997. He largely responsible for the “Signature Sound” of the Bluecoats for half their existence. He has instructed and arranged for many bands and drum corps including Troopers, Dutch Boy, the Kiwanis Kavaliers and the Canadian Knights (1986 Class A World Champions). He currently composes and arranges for numerous high schools and universities, jazz and symphonic ensembles and theater groups. Doug studied with Don Johnson at Humber College in Toronto and studied jazz performance at McGill University in Montreal. He has recorded performances for the C.B.C. and can be heard on four recordings with the McGill Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Gordon Foote. Doug was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame in 2019 and the Bluecoats Hall of Fame in 2009.

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TOM rarick: percussion arrangements

In 2009, Tom assumed the role of percussion arranger/composer for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, after serving as the front ensemble arranger since 2002. The Bluecoats battery has become a significant strength of the organization during his tenure. Prior to his involvement with the Bluecoats, he was a marching and staff member with the Cadets of Bergen County. Tom is currently a percussionist with the United States Air Force Band, stationed at Bolling AFB Washington, DC; a position he has held since 1997. He received a Bachelor of Arts in percussion performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he studied under Dr. Gary Olmstead and Dr. Jack Stamp. Tom is in demand as an arranger, clinician, consultant, and adjudicator for groups across the country. He is proud to be a signature artist for Innovative Percussion and also endorses Evans Drumheads. Tom was inducted into the Bluecoats Hall of Fame in 2011.


matt jordan: Sound design

Dr. Matthew Jordan is currently the visiting assistant professor of percussion at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. He is also currently the sound designer for the Bluecoats. Matt has worked as a percussion instructor and arranger with a number of DCI and WGI groups and is also very involved at the scholastic level as an arranger for indoor drumlines and marching bands. As a performer, Matt plays regularly with many highly acclaimed orchestras and bands, including the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has also been involved in commissioning or premiering works from numerous composers. He has a number of advanced degrees, including a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University and remains an in-demand artist and clinician for Pearl Drums/Adams Musical Instruments, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Evans Drumheads, and Zildjian Cymbals.

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kevin stahl: visual design

Kevin Stahl has been involved with Bluecoats for over 20 years. He first joined the Bluecoats in 1996 as a member of the baritone section, he was section leader in 1998, and was the horn sergeant in 1999. In his age-out year he was awarded Most Outstanding Brass Performer, Most Outstanding Marching Performer, and Bluecoat of the Year. In 2000 Kevin joined the instructional staff of the Bluecoats and in 2002 became the Visual Caption Head. Following a brief departure, Kevin returned to the Bluecoats visual staff in 2007 where he has remained ever since. He also was responsible for the visual design of the Bluecoats 2017 and 2019 special Chinese New Year’s Celebrations in Hong Kong. Kevin currently judges marching band and indoor percussion and has taught visual at Matrix Performing Arts since 2005 and has also been the visual designer of the Independent World ensemble since 2006. In the more than 40 letters of support for Kevin’s induction into the Bluecoats Hall of Fame, it was often mentioned that he has played a vital role in the Bluecoats rise that now includes a DCI World Championship. Kevin was inducted into the Bluecoats Hall of Fame in 2019.


kyle albright

Kyle Albright is originally from Round Rock, Texas where he began his color guard career at Stony Point High School in 2001. He spent his entire DCI career with the Bluecoats, (02-06) and also marched with Insignia and Millennia Winterguards from 2004-2006. Kyle currently is the color guard director at Pflugerville High School, where he has served the program as writer, designer, and program coordinator for the past 7 years. The Pflugerville High School color guard has seen much success in the WGI circuit regionally, and was named a WGI finalist in 2019, as well as a semi-finalist in 2017. Kyle has worked with many programs in the greater Austin area including Dripping Springs, Georgetown, Origins, and Identity Winterguards. When he is not teaching, Kyle enjoys downtime with his 4 dogs.

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larry hershman: program coordinator

Larry Hershman will be returning to his familiar role as Program Coordinator. It was this role Larry held twice with the Bluecoats in the late 80’s and again in the early 2000's. No stranger to massive drum corps projects, he was the Program Coordinator for the All Star Drum Corps Macy's Parade/Today Show programs. Larry was inducted into Bluecoats Hall of Fame in 1991 and the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 1992. See the Alumni Corps Steering Committee section for his expanded biography and picture.