Following a magical 2019 drum corps season, the Bluecoats organization has begun preparations for another whirlwind summer of drum corps. Fans can expect a lot of the same - another 10,000+ mile tour across the US, about thirty incredible performances, and a production designed and instructed by the same team we’ve come to love so much.
DESIGN TEAM UNDERWAY
This summer, the Bloo20 production will be created by the same team that dreamed up the magic of The BLUECOATS. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jon Vanderkolff and Program Coordinator Dean Westman, the team, including Aaron Beck, Dr. Matthew Jordan, Greg Lagola, Jim Moore, Michael Raiford, Tom Rarick, and Doug Thrower are all returning. In fact, the team just arrived home from a four-day retreat to NYC where they spent the weekend dreaming about 2020 and exploring the art, theater, and music of the city.
CAPTION LEADERSHIP RETURNING
Also returning to the corps is the caption leadership team of Derek Gipson (brass), Roger Carter (percussion), Lindsay Kusmierczak (color guard), Mike Fanning (visual), and Jarrod Huntley (visual), along with dozens of familiar senior staff like Dave MacKinnon (brass), Brad Palmer (front ensemble), Kathy Pearson (color guard), Ryan Anderson (battery), Joe Hobbs (battery), Samia Mooney (movement), and Colten Hyten (audio). Altogether, fans and performers can expect the same world-class staff that makes the Bluecoats Experience standout year after year.
AUDITION for 2020!
Right now, eligible performers can start their journey toward Bloo20 at bluecoats.com/twenty. Registration for four US audition events will open this week. The Bloo20 Audition Experience Camps will be held in Dallas, Canton, Atlanta, and SoCal in November and December, with an invite-only callback event held on January 3-5 in Canton, Ohio. Bluecoats expects hundreds of aspiring performers to join us at these events, with dozens more applying via a video option that will be posted later this month.
…and for those of you ready for 2020, keep an eye out at bluecoats.com. ;)