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!!

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 dci.org/tickets and all information about the new venue has been posted.

WGI Percussion and Winds World Championships!

Congratulations to all the talented performers and staff who took the floor at WGI Percussion and WGI Winds World Championships last week! We were proud to see so many current and former Bluecoats bringing productions to life either as performers or as staff members!

At WGI Percussion World Championships we cheered Broken City along as they achieved a record-breaking finals score of 98.850, winning Independent World Class finals. Bluecoats Percussion Caption Head Roger Carter works with Broken City during the indoor season and many Bluecoats percussion performers are members of the group. Congratulations to Broken City on such a rewarding season!

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

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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 & Marching Health Announce Health & Wellness Partnership

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Marching Health Will Produce Pre-Season Warm-up Program On The “BluecoatStrong” Platform, Provide AT Interns, Consult

With participant health & wellness at the center of Bluecoats’ focus in 2019, we’re excited to announce that Marching Health will join our roster of sponsors and partners. At the center of this partnership, Marching Health is leading our 2019 participants through its flagship preseason conditioning program “The Ultimate Drum Corps Workout.” This 12-week program, done through the corps’ BluecoatStrong program, is geared toward improving visual performance and preventing early season injuries.

BluecoatStrong began in 2015 as a pre-season workout and visual assignments program administered through Facebook Groups,” said Mike Scott, CEO of Bluecoats. “We’re excited to amplify this programming with the amazing work of Dr. Elliot Cleveland and Marching Health.”

In addition to the preseason BluecoatStrong workout programming, Marching Health will provide Athletic Trainer interns for the corps at Spring Training and as needed on tour. Dr. Elliot Cleveland, physical therapist and the founder of Marching Health, will also serve on the Bluecoats Health & Wellness team in an advisory role.

“After spending time with the Bluecoats organization this past summer, it was apparent that our organizations share similar values,” said Dr. Cleveland. “We both place member health in the drum corps experience as top priorities. We also are both innovators, and want to continually influence growth within the drum corps activity. Marching Health could not be more excited to partner with the Bluecoats for the 2019 season.”

The Marching Health team began programming on BluecoatStrong last week. Bluecoats plans to announce its entire 2019 Health & Wellness team in March.