INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Tens of thousands of fans stood and cheered as the 2018 Bluecoats ended their season at the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis on Saturday night. The show - Session 44 - was about the performer's journey. It came to a fitting end as 154 Bluecoats performers came face-to-face with a roaring crowd. Bringing jazz classics like God Bless The Child, the Dry Cleaner From Des Moines, and Bird and Bella in B-flat to the field, the Bluecoats toured nearly 10,000 miles and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans, music students, and music teachers around the country. Each year Bluecoats embarks on this huge project, bringing the Bluecoats experience to 165 young performers and thousands of clinic students, not to mention the fans and aspiring student musicians that pack football stadiums across the United States and share on social media thousands of times over. "This summer was a fantastic experience for the entire Bluecoats family," said David Glasgow, Bluecoats Executive Director, "I truly believe that this was the best Bluecoats ensemble we've ever had and I'm grateful for such an incredible summer." For Glasgow this season was bittersweet. He will step into a new role at Bluecoats on September 1st serving as an Executive Advisor to Mike Scott and Genevieve Geisler. This pair will take over leadership at the organization, serving as the CEO and COO/CFO respectively.
This season marks the fourth top-three medalist finish for the corps in the last five years, and the third bronze medal finish in the corps' history. "Session 44 was another remarkable chapter for Bluecoats as we continue to explore our voice within the arts community," said Mike Scott. "Our continued competitive success is incredible, but it's just one illustration of our continued achievement bringing the Bluecoats voice to this activity and the Bluecoats experience to our students, staff, fans, and supporters.
While the end of a Drum Corps International tour is a huge event, it is not the end of the Bluecoats programming for the year. The Bluecoats Indoor Audition Experience is set for September 15th and 16th at Edison School of the Arts in the shadow of Lucas Oil in downtown Indianapolis. Registration is open now on the event page. Bluecoats Indoor brings the Bluecoats experience to the WGI arena in the form of a world-class winterguard. Then, before the end of 2018, the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps will start up again with auditions in Ohio, Georgia, Texas, and California in November and December. Stay tuned for more information.
We want to thank all of our supporters - whether they're donors, Sustaining Members, volunteers, parents, promoters, ticket buyers, or just fans. Without you, this incredible summer would not be possible. Thank you!