Bluecoats Will Perform Halftime at NFL Hall of Fame Game Next Month

THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCED BLUECOATS AS THE 2019 HALFTIME ACT TODAY

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium during the 2017 NFL Hall of Fame Game

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium during the 2017 NFL Hall of Fame Game

In a press release issued this morning, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 2019 halftime act for the NFL Hall of Fame Game, and it’s an act you might recognize! On August 1st, when the Broncos and the Falcons face off in Canton at the annual pre-season NFL game - the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps will entertain the crowd at halftime with their 2019 production The BLUECOATS!

“Each summer we leave Canton and take our show to audiences all over the United States. It’s so exciting that this year we get to bring something special to the most exciting event in our hometown!” said Mike Scott, CEO of Bluecoats. The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Bluecoats both share Canton as a hometown, and both organizations cite “excellence” as a core characteristic in their mission statements.

A performer enjoying a performance of  The BLUECOATS  in Kenosha, WI.

A performer enjoying a performance of The BLUECOATS in Kenosha, WI.

That mutual commitment to celebrating excellence extends beyond this year's halftime performance. The Bluecoats will also perform at pre-game with the Bluecoats Band of Excellence, a national honor band program operated jointly by Bluecoats and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and taking place over two days during Enshrinement Week at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

- Learn more and register for the Bluecoats Band of Excellence at bluecoats.com/bandofexcellence. -

“The Bluecoats are a great representation of values learned from the game – commitment, integrity, courage, respect, and excellence – that apply to all aspects of life. They are a source of pride for the Canton community and we are thrilled to feature them as the halftime performer,” Pro Football Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker commented. Following the Bluecoats’ pre-game performance with the Band of Excellence, the corps will step off in front of an audience of more than 20,000 and perform a portion of the their much-celebrated 2019 production.

- Purchase tickets for the 2019 NFL Hall of Fame Game during Enshrinement Week at profootballhof.com/tickets. -

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH

Bluecoats and the Pro Football Hall of Fame have worked carefully for months to plan the logistics of the visit and overcome the challenges of putting a 154 member ensemble on the field in the midst of a sold-out NFL game. “We’re very grateful to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Anne Graffice, and HOF Executive Producer George Veras for extending the invitation and helping to make this a reality for us,” said CEO Mike Scott. He continued, “I’m so excited to bring the Bluecoats home to Canton and to show this unique audience a bit of drum corps!”

If you miss the Bluecoats at the Hall of Fame Game, you can catch them one more time at the 2019 Enshrinement Festival! See Bluecoats, along with eight of the best drum corps in DCI at the Tour of Champions: Akron, presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. Tickets can be found at dci.org/tickets!

For more information, read the Pro Football Hall of Fame press release here. Media assets and information can be found at profootballhof.com/media/archived-press-releases/ and bluecoats.com/press.

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.