A Magical Season of "The BLUECOATS" Comes To A Close

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CANTON, OH - 10,000 miles, 32 performances, and nearly 300,000 audience members later, the final performance of “The BLUECOATS” left a Lucas Oil crowd of more than 20,000 on their feet.

In a whirlwind of a season that included record breaking crowds and scores, and a performance as the headliner of the NFL Hall of Fame Game halftime, “The BLUECOATS” swept the nation and the drum corps world as a much-celebrated “concert celebrating the forward-thinking spirit of love, collaboration, innovation, and inclusion that The Beatles embodied.”

 

Watch the launch video of The BLUECOATS.

 

At the Drum Corps International World Championships - the final event of the DCI Summer Tour - the Bluecoats placed first in prelims, second in semifinals, and won the silver medal on finals night - finishing second to the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps.

“I can tell that everyone left everything they had on the field,” Bluecoats drum major Peyton Grunzke said. “[We are all so] proud and happy with the product that we put out. That’s all that really matters.”

“Wow - I’ve never seen a crowd do that,” said Mike Scott, CEO of Bluecoats. “It was a dream of ours to create a concert that our fans would love. They stood up for two entire songs, so I think we have achieved that.”

 
 

The corps finished second by just eight-hundredths of a point with a final score of 98.238.

In a season full of immense donor support, overwhelming camaraderie with alumni, and a show that will not soon be forgotten the Bluecoats organization is forever thankful for our fans’ support.

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
— John Lennon
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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.