Three decades earlier, the Bluecoats tour schedule looks the same — and yet totally different. Spring Training? Not a thing. Days off? Yep, in between tours including a two week break!
10,000 miles, 32 performances, and nearly 300,000 audience members later, the final performance of “The BLUECOATS” left a Lucas Oil crowd of more than 20,000 on their feet.
In a whirlwind of a season that included record breaking crowds, scores, and even a performance as the headliner of the NFL Hall of Fame Game halftime, “The BLUECOATS” swept the nation and the drum corps world as a much-celebrated “concert celebrating the forward-thinking spirit of love, collaboration, innovation, and inclusion that The Beatles embodied.”
Each year Drum Corps International and its participating organizations spend the final weeks of the DCI Summer Tour in an exciting and good-natured “race” to raise the most money in the Drum Corps Giving Challenge.
Every donation to any campaign during this time counts toward a drum corps’ total in the race, and the earnings are tracked at the official Giving Challenge website. Today, Bluecoats launched our portion of the campaign.
In a press release issued this morning, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 2019 halftime act for the NFL Hall of Fame Game, and it’s an act you might recognize! On August 1st, when the Broncos and the Falcons face off in Canton at the annual pre-season NFL game - the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps will entertain the crowd at halftime with their 2019 production The BLUECOATS!
“Each summer we leave Canton and take our show to audiences all over the United States. It’s so exciting that this year we get to bring something as special as this years’ show right to the most exciting event in our hometown!” said Mike Scott, CEO of Bluecoats. The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Bluecoats both share Canton as a hometown, and both organizations cite “excellence” as a core characteristic in their mission and statements.
In just the third competitive season after being officially formed in the winter of 1972, the Bluecoats were the talk of the town… and the nation. Operating in the lower division, known as Class A at the time, the Bluecoats were cleaning up. Newspapers were touting the corps as a “comer” ready to burst among the nation’s best.
The Bluecoats Annual Program is a new publication that brings the Bluecoats story to our community. This 80-page publication is in part a program for our three Drum Corps International shows, in part an annual report of the Bluecoats organization, and in part a magazine celebrating one year’s worth of programming, leadership, and growth at Bluecoats. Click “Read More” to see the program online!
14 June 19 - Marion, IN - At approximately 11:15 PM EDT a lockdown was issued on the Indiana Wesleyan Campus due to a shooting in Marion, IN. The incident did not occur on campus.
Bluecoats complied with the police lockdown and emergency protocols were enacted immediately.
All personnel sheltered in place and students at the food truck and other facilities were ushered to a safe location. A headcount was made and the administration determined that all were accounted for. At 11:37 PM EDT an all clear was issued and the lockdown lifted.