After winning their first Drum Corps International World Championship in August the Canton (Ohio) Bluecoats recently concluded a series of THE BLUE WAY Audition Experience camps to select the membership for the 2017 corps. The live auditions took place in Canton as well as in California, Georgia, Texas and in the United Kingdom. Bluecoats Executive David Glasgow was thrilled with the results of the auditions. "We had hundreds of students from around the world share their talents with us in hopes of being one of the 150 selected for the corps." He went on to explain that the camps are structured to provide the attendees with not only the opportunity to audition, but to work with the Bluecoats instructors who are some of the top educators in the activity. "We want all of the students to leave our camps gaining valuable knowledge that will make them better musicians and color guard members."
Percussion Caption Head Roger Carter was extremely pleased with the results of the camps. "We are very excited about the upcoming season for Bluecoats percussion! The talent level of our returning members and many others we've seen at the auditions this year has been phenomenal."
The final step in this year’s audition process is the January 6-8 Callback camp in Canton for those who were selected from the audition camps to continue on the path toward membership. There, prospective members will continue to work on performance skills and begin preparation for the Bluecoats’ 2017 season. While open auditions have ended, audition appointments in all sections of the corps will be granted on a need-only basis. More information is available on the Bluecoats web site at www.bluecoats.com
The Bluecoats show designers have been working hard on the follow up to last year's gold medal winning "Down Side Up" show. Announcements concerning the 2017 program will be made prior to the start of the competition season. The Bluecoats will report for five weeks of Spring Training at Denison University in Granville, Ohio in mid-May.