1990 Bluecoats Hall of Fame Member

Tom Jakmides was a founder, instructor and long-time director of the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps.

Tom, a Goodyear Executive and former member of the Massillon, Ohio based drum & bugle corps that competed in the American Legion and VFW national championships, teamed up with Art Drukenbrod to pitch the idea of a drum & bugle corps program based out of the Canton Police Boys Club operated by J. Babe Stearn and Ralph McCauley. He and Art brought the instructional & design expertise to the start-up corps, while Stearn & McCauley recruited the membership and provided the administrative support.

Tom served as the corps’ director and co-director until 1983.