Bluecoats Indoor at WGI World Championships

Bluecoats Indoor at WGI World Championships

On April 3, Bluecoats Indoor kicked off WGI week with one final rehearsal in Noblesville, Indiana. After the rehearsal, performers and staff drove to Dayton, Ohio for this year’s Color Guard World Championships!

Bluecoats Indoor started prelims day with a dance class at the Salsa City dance studio before heading to Hobart Arena for the rest of rehearsal. Performers then returned to their hotel to get ready for the show and eat a Bluecoats meal sponsored by Rida Asim’s mom, Tehniyet Hussain! Huge thank you to her and everyone else who sponsored a meal and helped to #FeedBloo throughout the season! We couldn’t have done this without you!

After getting ready for the show, performers headed over to the University of Dayton for their first performance of the week at 8:40 pm on Thursday! The next morning Bluecoats Indoor woke up and did it all again, taking the floor for semis at 3:30 pm on Friday. Thank you to Shenendehowa HS, Phoenix Independent, and Stoneman Douglas Color Guard who helped us get on and off the floor during finals week!

Bluecoats Indoor in Cincinnati for WGI Mideast


On the weekend Bluecoats Indoor performed in Cincinnati, Ohio at the WGI Mid East Power Regional! Our final score on Sunday was a 91.400. This was the last regional weekend before World Championships which takes place in Dayton, Ohio on April 4th to 6th. Bluecoats Indoor performers and staff met in Indianapolis for a Friday night rehearsal followed by a Saturday morning rehearsal. Patti and David Sutherlin kept us fueled by sponsoring a delicious post-rehearsal lunch. If you want to help #FeedBloo during the final stretch of the season you can do so here! Thank you to everyone who’s sponsored a meal during the season so far!

After rehearsal, we drove to Cincinnati for our first performance of the weekend. HUGE thank you to the Northview High School dads who helped us unload all of our set pieces on Saturday and again on Sunday. Another thank you to Northview High School and Allegiance Color Guard members who helped us get on and off the floor for both performances. We’re grateful for all this support and help from our friends in other winter guards!

Next weekend is the last weekend of our season before World Championships! We’ll be having rehearsals throughout the weekend and you can also see “The Gravity of Reality” in Fairborn, Ohio at MEPA Championships on Saturday!

Bluecoats Indoor at WGI Atlanta Regional

Photo Courtesy of Sydney Williams.

Photo Courtesy of Sydney Williams.

Bluecoats Indoor traveled all the way to Atlanta to perform at the WGI Atlanta Regional this Saturday and Sunday. Our final score on Sunday was an 86.300.

Performers met on Friday evening in Indianapolis to board Bluecoats busses driving down to Atlanta. Saturday morning we gathered for breakfast at Carlton J. Kell High School before beginning our rehearsal. After rehearsal, the performers ate a Bluecoats provided lunch while they got ready for prelims. We then headed to McEachern High School for our first performance of the weekend where we were greeted by stands full of cheering audiences and even some “blooing” - a welcome the Bluecoats Drum Corps often receives.

Sunday we had a quick, but productive rehearsal at Campbell High School followed by a delicious meal sponsored by Cynthia Shega! Our speakers and set pieces were then covered with tarps to prepare for the rain that would come as we got into the performance gym for finals. Special thank you to Kennesaw Mountain HS, East Lincoln HS, and Georgia State for helping us get on and off the floor throughout the weekend and especially during the rainstorm on Sunday.

Before we began our bus ride back home we gathered for our fried chicken dinner sponsored by Charlie Cullen! If you’d like to help #FeedBloo you can sponsor a meal here to provide the cast with show days meals!

Next weekend will be a regular rehearsal weekend for Bluecoats Indoor as we continue to work on our 2019 program, but you can catch “The Gravity of Reality” next at the Brownsburg Community State Preview on March 15.

Bluecoats Indoor at Indianapolis Regional

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Bluecoats Indoor made its 2019 WGI premiere this Saturday and Sunday at the WGI Indianapolis Regional! We scored an 82.200 in finals at our first regional of the season. We had a regular rehearsal on Friday followed by shortened rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate for our prelims and finals performances. A huge thank you to Elliot Babchick who sponsored the cast’s Saturday pre-show meal and Danielle Schweiger who sponsored the cast’s Sunday pre-show meal! We’re always thankful for the support to help us #FeedBloo! You can sponsor a meal here to help Bluecoats provide the cast with meals on show days!

Next weekend our entire design team will be back at rehearsal as we continue to work on and explore ideas within our 2019 program! Following that, on March 2 and 3, we’ll be at the Atlanta Regional

Bluecoats Indoor 2019 World Premiere!


Bluecoats Indoor made its 2019 world premiere on Saturday, February 10 in Zionsville, Indiana to stands full of spectators cheering us on. The IHSCGA was proud to have us performing at Zionsville High School and we were excited to be there sharing our 2019 program “The Gravity of Reality.” At this first show of the season Bluecoats Indoor scored a 76.70. The team met Friday evening for regular rehearsal time and then again on Saturday morning for rehearsal before the performance. Following the Saturday morning rehearsal, Bluecoats provided a meal for the cast so they could fuel up while getting themselves ready to perform. You can help us provide these meals by sponsoring a show day meal and helping to #feedbloo! On Sunday we returned to our regular rehearsal schedule, working on our 2019 program.

Thomas Thawley, returning member and one of this season’s captains was surrounded by many groups he is currently teaching or has taught in the past at the show. He said, “Our first performance was such a great experience. In my opinion, one of the greatest audiences around can be found at an IHSCGA show. It was wonderful getting the opportunity to perform for so many friends, students, and former students. Looking forward for the rest of the season!”

Don’t forget to catch us next weekend at the WGI Indianapolis regional!

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!

Bluecoats Indoor seeks audio engineering intern for winter season


We're looking for an intern! Bluecoats is seeking an audio engineering intern to work with Bluecoats Indoor during the 2019 indoor season.

Qualified candidates will have intermediate to advanced skills in audio systems and mixing. You'll be needed most if not all weekends January through March. This position will be on the floor during performances throughout the season including the World Class WGI World Championships in Dayton in April! To apply, send a PDF cover letter and resume to

Jennifer Leseth and Jennifer Hinshaw Join Bluecoats Indoor Team


These weapon and movement instructors join a world-class educational and artistic team from across the United States.

Bluecoats Indoor is excited to announce the addition of Jennifer “Jenifo” Leseth and Jennifer Hinshaw to the Bluecoats Indoor instructional staff. Jenifo will join the team leading our weapons program, and Jennifer will serve as a movement instructor.

Jennifer Leseth is a Chicago native with 30-plus years of performance, instruction, and design experience in color guard, drum corps, and marching band. Her passion for the arts grew from performing with color guards such as Destiny, Guardsmen, State Street Review, and Escapade. Naturally driven to excel, she challenged herself with marching drum corps such as Phantom Regiment and The Cadets.

Jenifo travels globally teaching ensembles in England, Italy, Canada, Japan, Korea, South Africa, and Thailand. Her experience with drum corps includes serving as color guard caption head for Bluecoats (95-98), Crossmen (99), Phantom Regiment (00-03), Madison Scouts (04-05), Carolina Crown(07-08), and Santa Clara Vanguard (09-12).

She has served as the color guard designer and director for various high schools across the U.S., including Marian Catholic (IL), Plymouth Canton (MI), Spring (TX), Winston Churchill (TX), LD Bell (TX), Flower Mound (TX), and Lincoln Way (IL). In addition, she has served nine years as the color guard coordinator for The Army All-American Marching Band. Some of her more current work is with The Calgary Stampede Show Band and numerous midwest bands and winter guards. She also travels the US doing clinics and adjudicating.

Currently, Jennifo is studying meeting and event planning and loves spending time with her friends, family, and beloved pets.

A native of Virginia, Jennifer Hinshaw has been immersed in dance since the age of three. Childhood ballet, jazz, tap, and baton classes cultivated a love for dance that became Jennifer’s life work. In May of 2003, Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in dance education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Since attaining her dance education degree, Jennifer has worked diligently to pass on her passion for dancing. She has founded and directed both the Wake Forest-Rolesville High School Dance Department (2003–2006) and the Avon High School Dance Department (2008–present).

Jennifer has been involved in the color guard activity since 1995 and has been privileged to work with many outstanding organizations including Carolina Crown and The Cavaliers drum corps; First Flight, Lexis, and Zydeco winter guards; and Carmel, Center Grove, Marcus, and Northview high schools.

Jennifer resides in Danville, Indiana, with her husband Richard and their three children: McKinley, Coleman, and Annalise.

These two outstanding women join the cutting edge team of Bluecoats Indoor educators that brought the group to WGI Finals in their first season competing.

Bluecoats Indoor is led artistically by Jon Vanderkolff, Jim Moore, Greg Lagola, and Carol Abohatab. The program is managed by Staff Coordinator Rosie Queen, Programs Manager Christopher Drake, Associate Programs Manager Jeremiah Wooten, Artistic Director Jon Vanderkolff, and Chief Executive Officer Mike Scott. Bluecoats Indoor is instructed by a diverse team of educators from around the United States including Samia Mooney, LeAnne Hlavka, Ashley Gonzalez, Edmer Lazaro, Kathy Pearson, Jorge Tovar, Cara Unger, and Lindsay Kusmierczak.

Bluecoats Indoor is excited for its 2019 Audition Experience Camp this weekend at Edison School of the Arts in Indianapolis, Indiana. Details at