Introducing the Bluecoats Annual Program

Each summer Bluecoats operates three incredible shows in the Northeast Ohio and Eastern Pennsylvania communities. More than 10,000 community members and drum corps fans attend our “Three Great Shows” each summer and get a glimpse of the drum corps experience and how Bluecoats brings life-changing performing arts experiences to young people.

We wanted a way to tell more of the Bluecoats story to our guests, and to the broader Canton community. Bluecoats reaches thousands of young people each year, not only via the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, but other programming like the Artistry IN BLUE, Rhythm IN BLUE, Bluecoats Indoor, and our partnership with enRICHment to produce a community drumline for the young people of greater Canton.

The Bluecoats Annual Program is our response to the desire to bring the Bluecoats story to our community. This 80-page publication is in part a program for our three Drum Corps International shows, in part an annual report of the Bluecoats organization, and in part a magazine celebrating one year’s worth of programming, leadership, and growth at Bluecoats.

Read the program below, or request a beautiful print copy by emailing us at

We’re grateful to our local partners and sponsors that placed ads in this first edition of the Bluecoats Annual Program. This publication is an opportunity for us to showcase the amazing Performance Partners that provide us with the best equipment any performing arts ensemble can dream of. We also were able to feature several of our Community Partners who work with us within the Stark County and greater Cleveland communities to bring world-class performing arts programming to our region.

If you are interested in sponsorship - whether in the Annual Program, or at our annual events - please visit or email us at

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.