Bluecoats Renews Partnership with Ultimate Drill Book for 2019 Season

Bluecoats Renews Partnership with Ultimate Drill Book for 2019 Season

Bluecoats is excited to announce its renewed partnership with Ultimate Drill Book! The 2019 Bluecoats will once again be using Ultimate Drill Book’s resources to design and perfect the 2019 program.

“The UDB app is an invaluable teaching tool. It streamlines the process of getting drill from our designers to our students,” said Mike Fanning, Bluecoats Visual Caption Co-Head. “With its features UDB deepens the understanding of the material students are being asked to learn and perform.”

Ultimate Drill Book has become an integral part of the Bluecoats staging and cleaning process and the Drum Corps is thrilled to be using the UDB app and other Ultimate Drill Book resources again this summer!

Bluecoats Band of Excellence Super Saver Registration EXTENDED!

Bluecoats has partnered with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to celebrate excellence in marching band!

When you register for the Bluecoats Band of Excellence you get to experience rehearsal alongside the 2019 Bluecoats with the Bluecoats staff, an on the field performance at the NFL Hall of Fame Game, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival! This incredible opportunity is taking place July 31 to August 1 and is open to all high school-aged musicians and color guard performers!

Super Saver Registration has been extended by 48 hours until May 2nd so make sure you register before this amazing deal ends!!

Bluecoats 2019 April Camp Weekend

Bluecoats 2019 April Camp Weekend


At the Bluecoats’ one and only full corps camp of the season, the percussionists were welcomed back for the first time since January and the color guard was all together for the first time this season. This weekend served as a final callback audition for the color guard with the final roster being set on Sunday afternoon. Every section of the corps was hard at work learning and practicing new top secret music and choreography for the 2019 production.

Innovations In Brass Show Will Move From Paul Brown Tiger Stadium to Memorial Stadium in North Canton

15 April 2019 - NORTH CANTON, OH - In January Massillon City Schools announced that it will replace the turf of Paul Brown Tiger Stadium this summer. The construction is set for early June and will coincide with Innovations In Brass and will require the show to move. North Canton City Schools and Hoover High School have graciously offered to partner with Bluecoats in hosting the show which will take place on June 22nd at 7:30 PM at Memorial Stadium at Hoover High School in North Canton, OH.

“North Canton City Schools is honored to work with the Bluecoats,” said Jeff Wendorf, Superintendent of North Canton City Schools.   “The positive relationship and outstanding event certainly enhances our community and the opportunity to witness excellent performances by the Bluecoats.”

Patrons who have already purchased tickets will be notified of their new seat assignments at the stadium. They have been carefully re-assigned in the same area and at the same level of ticket. DCI Tickets will be handling the ticketing transition. Patrons with questions can call DCI Tickets at (317) 275-1212. Tickets can be purchased today at and all information about the new venue has been posted.

Bluecoats to Represent United States, Canton in Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade


This is the Bluecoats’ second invitation to represent the US at the event.

The Bluecoats are returning to Hong Kong for the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade! The corps will take 32 performers and 6 staff to Hong Kong, where the ensemble will perform selections from its 2018 DCI bronze medal production Session 44. This is the Bluecoats second invitation to the Chinese New Year Night Parade, a trip that takes the students and staff of Bluecoats more than 15,000 miles to the other side of the world. Joining the Bluecoats from the United States are the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders. Bluecoats last performed in Hong Kong in January 2017 following the corps’ first DCI World Championship.

Being able to take a portion of the corps out onto the world stage for one last run of Session 44 is going to be thrilling,” said Mike Scott, CEO of Bluecoats. CFO/COO Genevieve Geisler continued, “It’s an honor to be invited to participate in the Hong Kong New Year Parade for a second time. We can’t wait to experience this wonderful city again!”

The corps will converge in Chicago on February 1st for rehearsal before departing for Hong Kong on February 2nd. The corps’ parade performance takes place at 8:00 pm local time in Hong Kong on February 5th. Nearly 200,000 spectators are expected to be seated along the parade route. Following some free time enjoying the city, the Bluecoats will perform a standstill performance near the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees on February 7th.  Throughout the week, the corps will be performing alongside Pegasus Vanguard, a Hong Kong-based marching band founded in 2010.  Bluecoats and Pegasus Vanguard formed a fast friendship in 2017 and both organizations are excited for this reunion.

Bluecoats is grateful to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Cathay Pacific, Pegasus Vanguard, and all of our generous sponsors who make trips like this possible. If you would like to support Bluecoats’ trip, please email us at

A Busy Weekend For Bluecoats: DCI Annual Meetings, Health & Wellness & Bluecoats Indoor!

Bluecoats Logo Last weekend was busy for Bluecoats, as our staff, executive team, designers, and even Bluecoats Indoor gathered in Indianapolis for a weekend of fun, rehearsals, and great conversation. The Bluecoats executive team, caption heads, designers, and members of the board of directors came together for the 2019 DCI Annual Meetings and Instructors Summit. Dubbed “Here’s To Our Health,” the summit was an opportunity to discuss the state of our activity, learn more about DCI’s efforts to make drum corps safer, and vote on important changes to our rules and policies.

Bluecoats has two members on the Rules and Systems Task Force (RSTF) of DCI, Bluecoats Artistic Director & Visual Designer Jon Vanderkolff and Bluecoats Brass Supervisor Dave MacKinnon. This DCI committee was instrumental in guiding conversation on the modification of field judge procedure and other competitive elements proposed at the meeting. Following a weekend full of incredible conversation across the activity, the DCI Voting Membership voted to approve the instructors’ recommendations for field judge and prop rule changes.

Also at the “Janual,” as it’s called, Bluecoats CEO Mike Scott and CFO/COO Genevieve Geisler attended the New Directors Orientation where new directors and administrators from across the DCI Community learned more about DCI governance, who’s who in the DCI office, and more. That wasn’t all for Genevieve though as over the weekend she also met with the IN STEP: Women of DCI initiative that she chairs. The IN STEP committee sponsored a presentation about hiring diverse teams and complying with the Equal Opportunity Employment Act. You can see the interview Genevieve did with the new DCI News here! Additionally, this weekend Bluecoats Executive Advisor David Glasgow was re-elected to the DCI Board of Directors where he will continue to offer his business expertise and insight as an affiliated board member.

Another integral part of the DCI Annual Meetings is the DCI Board Consortium where members of the boards of directors of all corps join together for a week of discussion of best practices and how the drum corps activity can move forward. Bluecoats was represented by four members of our board including Board President Scott Swaldo.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, the design team met to discuss summer 2019! Additionally, Bluecoats Indoor was rehearsing nearby and was hard at work on their 2019 winter program. We had some major set developments and the members had a hair and makeup workshop. Bluecoats Indoor 2019 debuts in just four weeks and embarks on its second-ever year!

Wow! What a busy weekend! Bluecoats is so grateful to have such amazing support that makes it possible to have weekends like these!

Key Additions To Bluecoats Educational & Design Teams Announced

October 8, 2018 - CANTON, OH - Today Bluecoats is excited to announce several great additions to its design and educational staff for the 2019 summer season. Joining the design team is Matt Jordan as Music Coordinator & Sound Designer. Matt moves to this new role from his previous position as the Bluecoats’ Associate Music Ensemble Coordinator. Joining the Bluecoats instructional team are Visual Co-Caption Head Jarrod Huntley, Assoc. Music Ensemble Coordinator Dr. David Hall, and Battery Coordinator Joe Hobbs.

“We take so much pride in our design and educational teams. These individuals make Bluecoats what we are and ensure the life-changing experience the drum corps provides,” said Mike Scott, Bluecoats CEO. “Whenever we have the opportunity to grow our team we take great care to ensure that we find the absolute best people in the world. We have certainly found that with these individuals,” Scott said.

The remainder of the Bluecoats design and instructional leadership teams will return in 2019. The instructional leadership team includes Music Ensemble Coordinator Ryan Kilgore, Brass Caption Head Derek Gipson, Brass Advisor Dave Mackinnon, Percussion Caption Head Roger Carter, Front Ensemble Coordinator Brad Palmer, Battery Coordinator Ryan Anderson, Visual Co-Caption Head Mike Fanning, and Color Guard Caption Head Lindsay Kusmierczak.

The design team, responsible for such memorable programs as Tilt, Session 44, and the 2016 World Championship program Downside Up, is already hard at work creating the Bluecoats’ 2019 production. The team includes Artistic Director & Visual Designer Jon Vanderkolff, Program Coordinator Dean Westman, Guard Caption Supervisor/Designer

& Choreographer Jim Moore, Costume Designer & Choreographer Greg Lagola, Scenic Designer Michael Raiford, Composer & Percussion Designer Tom Rarick, Composer & Brass Arranger Doug Thrower, Music Coordinator & Sound Designer Matt Jordan, and Audio Systems Designer Aaron Beck.

Says Scott, “I’m so excited to get started and to continue working with our entire team!”