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