Bluecoats Composer Doug Thrower Inducted Into Drum Corps International Hall of Fame

Doug Thrower, Bluecoats Composer and Brass Designer

Doug Thrower, Bluecoats Composer and Brass Designer

We’re so incredibly excited to announce that Doug Thrower is a member of the latest class being inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame!

Doug is the first person ever to be honored by the Hall of Fame for their work at Bluecoats. Doug has been a brass staff member and designer for 28 years, bringing some of the drum corps activity’s favorite musical moments to the field.

“[Doug] has consistently delivered some of our activity’s most memorable musical moments,” DCI Hall of Fame member Scott Koter said. “Doug will always be known for making somewhat abstract pieces accessible to the masses. His creativity was paramount in leading the Bluecoats to their first DCI World Championship in 2016, using a musical program that shifted the design paradigm for every drum corps show since.”

In addition to his ground-breaking arrangements in 2016, Doug is notably famous for bringing the viral sensation “pitch bend” to our 2014 production Tilt.


“We’re so incredibly proud of Doug and this honor and I cannot think of a more deserving person,” said Dave Glasgow, Bluecoats Executive Advisor and former Executive Director. “Doug’s creative input into our activity is iconic and deserves celebration. I’m so grateful to him for his 28 years of service and excited to see what the next 28 years look like!”

Doug’s induction will be celebrated at the DCI Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which will take place during the Drum Corps International World Championships in Indianapolis, IN from August 7th through the 10th. The Bluecoats community will celebrate his induction at the World Championships Banquet on August 11th at the JW Marriott downtown.

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.