Bluecoats Accept Invitation from DCI for Alumni to Perform at 2022 Championships

Posted on December 1, 2018
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Bluecoats is excited to announce it has accepted an invitation from Drum Corps International (DCI)  for the 2022 Bluecoats Alumni Corps to perform at the Drum Corps International World Championships Semifinals in celebration of both the DCI and Bluecoats 50th Anniversary!  The organization will spend 2022 celebrating many events with its alumni and broader community. The DCI Semifinals Performance will serve as a grand capstone to a season of celebrations.

2018 Bluecoats Indoor WG: soundcheck

Posted on February 9, 2018
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Bluecoats Indoor WG, our new WGI Independent World Winter Guard based in Indianapolis, is proud to announce our 2018 program – soundcheck.  

In this exciting new creation designed by our outstanding design team of Jon Vanderkolff, Greg Lagola, Jim Moore and Carol Abohatab, we react to, motivate, and embody the musical language of the band ‘Propellerheads’ via a modern twist on music, costuming and set design from the Mod era. Check out our 2018

Alumni in the News: Spring 2017

Posted on April 5, 2017
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Marching with the Bluecoats gives members a diverse experience and after drum corps they move on to very varied lifestyles.  Here are three recent news articles featuring our very own!

Home is where the Kidney is (Dr. Lynsey Biondi: Baritone, 1994)

Dr. Biondi: 1994, current
After Lynsey’s marching days she turned to medicine and is now a sought-after specialist with Kidney transplants.  Recently featured

Alumni Feature: Brad Gessner

Posted on March 30, 2017
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Brad Gessner, 1981-1982, Soprano/Drum Major; 1986-2008 Volunteer/Board Member

Brad Gessner joined the Bluecoats in 1981 marching soprano, and returned in 1982 as drum major. After aging out, he drove a bus for the Bluecoats, sold souvies, and occasionally cooked. He was also on the Bluecoats Board of Directors from 1986-2008, serving ten years as Chairman of the Board, and was inducted

Alumni Feature: John Kowal

Posted on February 27, 2017
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John Kowal: 1979-1983, ’85 Percussion

John Kowal became a Bluecoat in 1979 and marched in Bluecoats and Phantom Regiment until 1986, his age-out year. John is presently living just outside of Houston Texas, working as a mechanical engineer for the NASA Johnson Space Center. He has one twelve year old son and two step-daughters ages 19 and 23. Q: How has Bluecoats impacted your life? A: One of the things I’ve noticed about different organizations or institutions

Alumni Feature: Dawn Crandall Bradbury

Posted on January 31, 2017
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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

The Legend of the Silver Penny

Posted on January 2, 2017
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Legend of the Silver Penny

Ken Fanti’s “change”
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

Alumni Feature: Celeste Cooning

Posted on December 18, 2016
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Celeste Cooning (foreground)

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.