Introducing Our 2022 Strategic Plan


At a meeting last month, the Bluecoats board of directors approved a comprehensive new strategic plan that will lead the organization into our 50th year. The plan, which covers a variety of goals, includes expansions of our Stark County programming, a focus on developing our Bluecoats-operated DCI shows, and the creation of a 10-year improvement plan for the Champion Event Center property. The plan also outlines the framework for the organization’s 2022 50th anniversary celebrations.

“Strategic planning is always an important driver of the mission of an organization like ours,” said CEO Mike Scott. “But as we near our fiftieth year, this strategic plan is a particularly important guide for how our organization will close this first 50-year chapter and begin another.”

The plan’s objectives are divided into four pillars:

  • Financial - Maintaining responsible budgeting and accounting practices while searching for new sources of revenue and responsibly growing existing streams.

  • Programs & Safety - The Bluecoats Experience should be centered within a safe environment and focused on providing a life- changing and world-class experience.

  • Development & Community - A new era of Bluecoats includes greater human resources, improvements in infrastructure and property assets, and lean & streamlined operations.

  • Operations & Infrastructure - As we near our 50th anniversary, we will continue to cultivate our community and the constituencies that support our mission.

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In order to include the community in our planning and progress tracking, we have released a beautiful summary of the plan online for download.


We’re excited for the Bluecoats family, the Canton & Stark communities, and world of drum corps to join together in guiding Bluecoats into another 50 years of life-changing youth programming and world-class creative expression.

Read the introduction letter to the  2019-22 Strategic Plan.

Read the introduction letter to the 2019-22 Strategic Plan.

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.