Monday Memory: When the Bluecoats Opened for Canadian Brass

Posted on February 11, 2019
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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

Monday Memory: Preparing for the ‘Super Bowl’

Posted on January 28, 2019
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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

Monday Memory: Time to Look as Good as We Sound

Posted on January 14, 2019
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Inside panel of original fundraising brochure from 1974. Click for larger resolution image.
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

Monday Memory: The Birth of the Bluecoats

Posted on December 31, 2018
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Bluecoats first anniversary captured in the news. Click for greater resolution.
On Sunday, December 3rd, 1972 a tailor and two police officers held an informative meeting to start a competitive drum and bugle corps out of the workings of the Canton Police Boys Club youth based drum corps that the two police officers worked with.  It would be no small feat

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