Meet Our Spring Development Interns!

This Spring, we are excited to have added some new faces to our Development team. Bluecoats went on a search late this fall for potential interns eager to work hard and learn more about what it takes to run a performing arts non-profit like ours. After much consideration, we are happy to welcome Zach Fitzgibbon and Ayleia Marcum to the team as our 2018 Spring Development Interns. Zach and Ayleia will be working alongside Business Development Manager, Mike Scott, serve as a liaison between Bluecoats and our dedicated members of The Shield donor community, and assist in handling the day-to-day tasks associated with helping Bluecoats maintain the utmost operational effectiveness. Our interns are already well along in their workloads within the Bluecoats organization, and we look forward to having them on board for this spring semester! Zach Fitzgibbon

Zach currently resides in Minneapolis, MN, where he is in his 4th and final year of undergraduate education and will be graduating this May with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Outside of his studies, Zach is very much familiar with the world of Drum Corps International. In addition to working with the Bluecoats this spring, he has also served as a marching member of the ensemble, playing snare in the 2017 program “Jagged Line,” and is returning to the Bluecoats in 2018 as our battery section leader. He has also spent time with the Madison Scouts, Cadets, and Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps before his time with the Bluecoats. Zach hopes to begin his career in the field of HR, working to foster effective communications between co-workers and project team members alike.


Ayleia Marcum

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Ayleia is currently in pursuit of her undergraduate degree in Arts Administration with a minor in Tuba Performance at the University of Kentucky. Through past internship experiences, Ayleia has previously worked with several groups, most notably Kentucky Educational Television (KET) as their Development Intern and as the Administrative Intern for East Carolina University’s Four Seasons Winter Workshop Chamber Music Festival. She has previously marched with UK’s marching band and is an avid fan of Drum Corps International and the marching arts. She plans to dedicate her career to working with organizations like the Bluecoats, hoping to create opportunities that foster the same transformative impact music has had on her life onto others. Ayleia is very excited to interact with supporters of the Bluecoats and further promote the organization.

Mike Scott

Mike Scott is a clinician, consultant, and the CEO of Rhythm X, Inc., a non-profit music education company in Dayton, Ohio. Mike earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2012. There he studied percussion and conducting and completed the Farmer School of Business Summer Institute. Before beginning his career as an administrator and teacher, Mike was an active performer in the marching arts. In 2011 Mike was the conductor of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps of Canton, Ohio and was a performer in Rhythm X’s percussion ensemble from 2011-2012. Mike was also a member of the Miami University Marching Band for four years, serving as the drum major during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In 2013 Mike began work at Rhythm X, Inc. as the Operations Director, managing the business development and logistics of the organization. He was also the Director of Instrumental Music at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio. There he taught band, orchestra, and general music in grades 6-12. Prior to the 2015 competitive season, Mike became the first full-time employee at Rhythm X, Inc. as the company’s CEO. There he works with the organization’s President Tim Fairbanks to develop the future strategy of the company. During the summer months, Mike travels the country with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps as the group’s Tour Administrator. He has also served as the tour manager of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mike proudly endorses Innovative Percussion, Etymotic Research, and Fred J. Miller Inc.