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 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.

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!”

Bluecoats Indoor Auditions Set, Registration Open!

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Bluecoats Indoor, the World-Class indoor winterguard started just last year is back for a second year! The Bluecoats Indoor Audition Experience is scheduled for September 15th and 16th at Edison School of the Arts in downtown Indianapolis. Check-in will begin at 10 am and overnight accommodations will be provided at the school.

The program, which last year brought the incredible Bluecoats creative team and the unforgettable Bluecoats' experience together in the WGI arena, will return with the same creative team that created the 2018 show and that helps to create the visual elements of the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps shows that we all love.

"The first year of Bluecoats Indoor was exciting for so many reasons - the freshness, the intensity, the unknowns of starting a new program," said Mike Scott of Bluecoats. "This year is exciting for so many different reasons. I cannot wait to get the team back together, to bring our inaugural members together with newcomers, and to see what we can do now that the 'newness' is past us and we get to put ourselves out there once again as Bluecoats."

Registration opened today for the Bluecoats Indoor Audition Experience. Registrations between now and August 31st receive a discounted Early Bird rate of $49. Beginning Sept. 1st, the full price of the two-day event is $65. An FAQ is available on the event page.

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