Artistry IN BLUE To Go Inactive for 2019 WGI Season

Artistry IN BLUE, the perennially popular WGI winterguard, will go inactive for the 2019 competitive season. The ensemble, directed by Dave Stinson and operated by Bluecoats has been a fan favorite over the course of the last several seasons. The program has competed with much success in both the Independent A and Independent Open classes. “Artistry IN BLUE has been a favorite program of ours, and it reaches an audience of young, local performers that we enjoy working with each year,” said Bluecoats Executive Director David Glasgow. “We’re enormously thankful to Dave Stinson and the entire AIB staff for their unwavering dedication to the experience of our young performers,” he continued.

While this year Bluecoats will take a break from the AIB ensemble, the organization looks forward to continuing to provide incredible educational experiences like this in the future. One such experience is Bluecoats Indoor, a World Class WGI winterguard founded in 2017, that rehearses weekly in Indianapolis. Auditions for Bluecoats Indoor have been set for September 16th and 17th at Edison School for the Arts in Indianapolis, IN. More information can be found at bluecoats.com/events.

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.