Bluecoats Indoor Will Not Operate In 2020

Today the Bluecoats organization is announcing that it will not operate Bluecoats Indoor, our world-class WGI colorguard, for the 2020 WGI season.

We are always steadfastly focused on operating programs that create a “Bluecoats Experience" we can be proud of, and therefore a decision like this one is never taken lightly.

Bluecoats Indoor has been a huge success since its creation in late 2017. The program has created productions beloved by the activity, drawn support from the entire Bluecoats community, and provided a space to explore for young performers from all across the United States and Canada. The ensemble was a WGI World Class Finalist both in its inaugural season, and again last year.

"Bluecoats Indoor's recognition and success within the WGI community has so much to do with the incredible people that make the Bluecoats Experience special year round," said Bluecoats CEO Mike Scott. "With people like this at the heart of our decision making, we worked carefully to ensure that not operating the program in 2020 was the right decision for everyone."

Students who have expressed interest in participating in 2020 have received an email with more information. Refunds will be issued immediately for any registrations fees paid.

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.