Bluecoats announce 2022 Alumni Corps Design Team

BLUECOATS ANNOUNCE 2022 ALUMNI CORPS DESIGN TEAM. Preparations continue for The 50th Anniversary Bluecoats Alumni Corps!  Key to the success of this major project will be the selection and development of a program honoring all former Bluecoats while entertaining the vast Bluecoat fan base as well as the greater DCI audience. 

Introducing Our 2022 Strategic Plan

Introducing Our 2022 Strategic Plan

At a meeting last month, the Bluecoats board of directors approved a comprehensive new strategic plan that will lead the organization into our 50th year. The plan, which covers a variety of goals, includes expansions of our Stark County programming, a focus on developing our Bluecoats-operated DCI shows, and the creation of a 10-year improvement plan for the Champion Event Center property. The plan also outlines the framework for the organization’s 2022 50th anniversary celebrations.

“Strategic planning is always an important driver of the mission of an organization like ours,” said CEO Mike Scott. “But as we near our fiftieth year, this strategic plan is a particularly important guide for how our organization will close this first 50-year chapter and begin another.”

The plan’s objectives are divided into four pillars:

Bluecoats Indoor Will Not Operate In 2020

Bluecoats Indoor Will Not Operate In 2020

Today, the Bluecoats organization is announcing that it will not operate Bluecoats Indoor for the 2020 WGI season. We are always steadfastly focused on operating programs that create a "Bluecoats Experience" that we can be proud of, therefore a decision like this one is never taken lightly.

Bluecoats Indoor has been a huge success since its creation in late 2017. The program has created productions beloved by the activity, drawn support from the entire Bluecoats community, and provided a space to explore for young performers from all across the United States and Canada.

Monday Memory: That Signature Sound is Born

Exercises from page 12 of the 13 pages of the 1992 Brass book.

Exercises from page 12 of the 13 pages of the 1992 Brass book.

That Bluecoats “Signature Sound” wasn’t born over night, but took decades to evolve. After going inactive for the second time in 1983, the 1984 Bluecoats major accomplishment was just getting back on the field and down the road. In 1985 the horn line took a step towards strengthening the line with the first instructional guide for brass members. That would be followed five years later by a new guide that deepened the instructional guidelines for a horn line punching into the top 6 in brass. In 1992 a much more thorough book was introduced and in it are the roots of the current Blue Way book for brass players used for auditioning and during the season within the line. Take a look at some of the progression over time behind the Signature Sound.

MONDAY MEMORY IS AN ON-GOING SERIES THAT STARTS OFF THE WEEK WITH A LITTLE HISTORY BEHIND THE BLUECOATS ON OUR WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS.