Bluecoats News

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 […]

Bluecoats News 01.18.19
Bluecoats mourn loss of former member, instructor, and volunteer

Bluecoats are saddened to share the loss of one of their own today.  Sheila Bear-Wallace was tragically killed by a gunman while walking her dog in a Cleveland neighborhood park on Thursday, January 17th. Sheila was an early member of the Bluecoats as a color guard performer from 1978-80. After aging out, Sheila remained with the corps as an instructor and was a principal part of the visual program, helping the corps achieve the 1981 […]

Bluecoats News 01.17.19
A Busy Weekend For Bluecoats: DCI Annual Meetings, Health & Wellness & Bluecoats Indoor!

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 […]

Monday Memory: Time to Look as Good as We Sound

The first summer of the Bluecoats existence was a short tour — a few local parades in borrowed band pants and t-shirts with the Canton Police Boys Club logo.  A full color fundraising brochure was created to seek the dollars needed to uniform the corps, starting boldly with “Do you remember the 1973 Hall of Fame Parade and the sense of pride you felt when the fledgling Bluecoat drum and bugle corps marched by wearing […]

Monday Memory: The Birth of the Bluecoats

On Sunday, December 3rd, 1972 a tailor and two police officers held an informative meeting to start a competitive drum and bugle corps out of the workings of the Canton Police Boys Club youth based drum corps that the two police officers worked with.  It would be no small feat and from the outset the trio were counseled against the endeavor.   To motivate the 50 youngsters and parents that showed up that day, Art Drukenbrod […]

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 […]

Bluecoats Accept Invitation from DCI for Alumni to Perform at 2022 Championships

Bluecoats is excited to announce it has accepted an invitation from Drum Corps International (DCI)  for the 2022 Bluecoats Alumni Corps to perform at the Drum Corps International World Championships Semifinals in celebration of both the DCI and Bluecoats 50th Anniversary!  The organization will spend 2022 celebrating many events with its alumni and broader community. The DCI Semifinals Performance will serve as a grand capstone to a season of celebrations. Mike Scott, Bluecoats Chief Executive […]

Bluecoats News 11.16.18
Bluecoats Seeks Certified Athletic Trainer for 2019 Summer Tour

At Bluecoats the Health & Wellness of our performers and staff takes center stage. The rigors of rehearsing and performing daily while touring the US is a truly athletic challenge, complicated by the nature of the performing arts. Bluecoats is seeking a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) available between May 15 and the DCI World Championships in August to manage our Health & Wellness team. This person will lead the physical fitness and treatment program for […]

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