The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps Will Be Presenting Sponsor of Innovations In Brass, True Bloo Video Series, and Three VIP Receptions

Bluecoats is grateful for the support of this historic institution and honored to partner with 'The Commandant's Own' this summer.

May 23, 2018 - CANTON, OH - Bluecoats is pleased to announce that The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps has signed on as the exclusive Presenting Sponsor of two Bluecoats-operated Drum Corps International (DCI) events in June of 2018. Innovations In Brass: Akron will take place on Saturday, June 23rd at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field on the campus of the University of Akron, and Innovations in Brass: Pittsburgh will take place on Thursday, June 28th at Tiger Stadium on the campus of Moon Area High School in Caraopolis, Pennsylvania, bringing thousands of fans and aspiring high school musicians the experience of the DCI Summer Tour!

In addition to their sponsorship of these exciting drum corps competitions, 'The Commandant’s Own’ will also serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the summer season of True Bloo, a video series that provides a weekly peek inside the workings of Bluecoats. Finally, the Marines have graciously agreed to extend their sponsorship to also cover three VIP receptions hosted by Bluecoats exclusively for Sustaining Members of The Shield Community, a monthly giving society recently launched by Bluecoats that funds both program operations and the newly establish Bluecoats Endowment.

“We’re so humbled by the support of The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps,” said David Glasgow, Executive Director of Bluecoats. “‘The Commandant’s Own’ is an icon in the music education community and a staple in American history. We’re honored to join forces and to bring just a part of the Marine Corps’ storied history alongside ours.”

"The US Marine Drum & Bugle Corps is thrilled to begin a new, strategic relationship with the Bluecoats. This partnership is evidence of similarity of core ideals and principles that make the marching arts activity what it has grown to become,” said Maj. Christopher Hall, the Director of the ensemble. Whether your time participating in the marching arts elicits a future in music and visual arts, business, technologies, finance or military service; the evidence of high character and quality citizens being empowered to positively affect society is what encourages us most about this agreement and is keeping within the highest traditions and expectations of the US Marine Corps.”

Both Innovations in Brass events, now presented by The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, will feature some of the world’s greatest drum corps including The Cadets, Carolina Crown, Madison Scouts, Phantom Regiment, Boston Crusaders, Crossmen, Genesis, Spirit of Atlanta, Pioneer and of course the Bluecoats!

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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.