Canton, OH United States
Founded: 1972

Active Junior
World Class
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Results from final championship competition of the year
  • Position: 12
  • Score: 84.400
Repertoire for 2000
Intro by Doug Thrower original based on the three main segments of the show
And On The Sixth Day by Patrick Williams Threshold - Patrick Williams - Capital/EMI ST-11242 (1973), Soundwings - SWD2107 (1988)
The Witch by Patrick Williams
Air Antique by Claus Ogerman Gate Of Dreams
Finale by Doug Thrower original based on the three main segments of the show

The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Canton, Ohio.

In 1972, Canton police officers Babe Stearn and Ralph McCauley, the director and assistant director of the Canton Police Boys' Club, met with Canton businessman Art Drukenbrod to discuss forming a music program at the Boys' Club. Besides being a businessman, Mr. Drukenbrod was a musician who had played drums with many of Canton's big bands over the years. He was also a member of Canton's American Legion and VFW's national champion senior drum and bugle corps. He readily agreed to the idea of a youth musical group for the Canton Boys’ Club; he supplied the drum corps knowledge and instruction, with some help from his old drum corps buddies, while Stearn and McCauley provided the future musicians.

The young corps members chose the name "Bluecoats" in tribute to the police department's retired police officers and as recognition that they were a program of the Police Boys' Club. They made their drum corps debut in competition in 1974.

On the road, old surplus Army buses painted blue initially carried the corps throughout the country. Those outdated vehicles were gradually traded in for used school buses and then for air-conditioned motor coaches.

In the early days, meals were served from an abandoned U-Haul trailer pulled by parents' cars; the trailer sometimes held fresh eggs, purchased economically when volunteers agreed to collect them themselves. The old U-Haul eventually became a van and then an old travel trailer, before the corps eventualy acquired an eighteen-wheeled semi-trailer kitchen.

Today, as the corps travels around the country during its summer tour, it moves in a convoy composed of several buses to carry the members and staff, a semi-trailer equipment truck, the aforementioned cook truck, a souvenir van and trailer, and several support vehicles.

The evolution of the Bluecoats was greatly enhanced when in 1984 another Canton businessman, Ted Swaldo, took the reins of the organization to prevent the corps being shut down. Swaldo's management abilities and enthusiasm provided the catalyst that not only propelled the Bluecoats into national recognition as a competitive unit, but it also served as a model for other youth organizations throughout the country.

The first corps from Ohio to make the DCI finals (in 1987), the Bluecoats in those days found themselves in high acclaim around the country for their crowd-pleasing big band jazz. As the Bluecoats continued to rise in prominence, the applause from the crowd grew into a roar of "Bloooooo!" as the corps enters the field and at the conclusion of their musical program.

Founded in and supported by the people of the "Hall of Fame City," Canton, Ohio, the Bluecoats home show has become a part of the induction festivities for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which is located in Canton. The corps has failed to achieve DCI Finals only once since 1987, just missing with a 13th place finish in 1999

In 2010, the corps medaled for the first time at the DCI World Championships, taking the third place bronze with their production "Metropolis: The Future Is Now." They followed that in 2014, making corps history again by taking the 2nd place silver medal for their wildly popular show, "TILT." In 2015, their production entitled "Kinetic Noise," once more took home the bronze.

At the 2016 DCI World Championships, the Bluecoats "Down Side Up" program won 1st place in World Class Finals, with the corps becoming only the tenth to become DCI Champions since the competition began in 1972. The show earned the corps' highest DCI score of 97.65 and won both the General Effect and Music captions.

For 2016, the Bluecoats abandoned their traditional uniforms in favor of a more informal costume designed with the show's near-constant motion in mind. The brass and percussion wore white and the color guard yellow, both with a swirling, sequined blue accent stripe running from the left hand to the shoulder, across the chest, and down the right leg. Those 2016 Bluecoats also became the first corps to win the DCI title while wearing no hats, helmets, shakos, or any other headgear.

[Bluecoats; Drum Corps International; A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, Vol. 2]

Members (121)

Member Name Section Years Involved
(Cook) Schnuth, Diana Mellophone 1997
Ackerman, Andrew Baritone 1992
Aires, Christopher Euphonium 1992 to 1995
Aires, Drew Baritone 1991 to 1992
Arnold, Anthony Euphonium 1997
Barlow, Frank Soprano 1993
Beall, Andy Percussion (cymbals) 1997
Bell, Mike Bass Drum 1994 to 1995
Borgman, Scott Mellophone 1993
Boswell, Bill Front Ensemble 2004
Brandt, Mike Colorguard 2003 to 2004
Burka, Scott Contra 2003
Campbell, Roderic Bassline 2000 to 2001
Carpathios, Michael soprano bugle 1989
Carpenter, Mitzi Color Guard 1991
Carpenter, Shawn Visual Staff 2000
Carr, Brian Baritone 1995
Carr, Brian Soprano 1996 to 1997
Catley, Cracker or Jon From Texas Baritone 1998
Chappell, James Tenors 1981
Conigliaro, Joe Snare 2000
Crandall, Dawn Contra 2000
Davis, Meghan Mellophone 2004 to 2005
Day, Scott Tenors 1986 to 1988
Devins, Conor Pit 2010
Doop, Paul Staff 1989
Dugan, Ray Snare 1988
Dulce, Julius Euph 2000
Duncan, Tiffany Colour Guard 1992 to 1993
Eckard, Rachel Colorguard 1981 to 1982
Fanti, Ken Snare/Color Guard 1983 to 1988
Fisk, Travis Mellophone 2002
Fortier, James Euphonium 2013
Fosdick, Mark Contra 2000 to 2003
Foster, Austin Euphonium 2008
Funk, Rick Percussion-Xylophone 1977
Gamble, Jackie Colour guard 1996
Garay, Chris Snare 2007 to 2008
Garretson, Colby Baritone 2002
George, Bill Baritone 2000
Gill, Kathie Mellophone 1975 to 1977
Glaze, Rob Contra 1987
Gregorczyk, Drew Mellophone; Horn Sergeant 2004 to 2007
Grimm, Salem Euphonium 1986 to 1987
Groves, Chris Baritone 1995
Haffner, Arnold Bassline 2004 to 2005
Hageman, Eric (Cowboy Bob) Soprano 1997
Hall, Brandon Euphonium 2001 to 2002
Hanrahan, Michael Baritone 2008 to 2010
Havard, Allison color guard 2002 to 2004
Holmes, Greg Color Guard 2003
Holmes, Greg Color Guard 2003 to 2005
Hosier, Bart Soprano 2002 to 2003
Koenig, John Euphonium 1996
Kraynak, Ian Front Ensemble/Drum Major 2001 to 2003
Lasley, Caryn Color Guard 2004
Ledezma, Ismael Trumpets 2002 to 2005
Ledezma, Ismael Visual Staff 2006 to 2008
Lewis, Dan Mellophone 2001
Lindsey, Holden Baritone 2005
Little, Matt Snare 1996
Macon, Alan Euphonium 2003
McAllister, Christopher Mellophone 2004
McConnell, Garry snare 1974 to 1977
McPhee, Dave (ANTMAN) Brass Staff 1995 to 2004
McPherson, Jay Brass Instructor 1989 to 1990
Meenach, Brooke Trumpet 2002
Melton, Jeffery Snare 1988
Menter, Keith Soprano 1987
Miller, Scott Contra 1992
Nelson, Josh Bass Drum 1999
Netting, Tom soprano 1975
Norin, Tyler Baritone/Euphonium 2015 to 2019
Nuhn, Benjamin Trumpet 2005
Oleksa, Liz Mellophone 2000
Peters (Williams), Sandra ColorGuard and Flagline 1973 to 1974; 1977 to 1980
Peterson, Bryan Contra 2001
Phillips, John Percussion 1982 to 1988
Phillips, John Percussion (Mostly Bass) 1982 to 1988
Prentice, David Baritone 1998
Rathbun, Travis Baritone 2002
Reese, Jennifer (Deloris) Soprano 1994
Reese, Jennifer (Deloris) Mello 1995 to 1997
Reese, Jennifer (Deloris) Staff 1998
Roth, Sarah Soprano 2005
SMOOT, AMY Colorguard 1999
Sarver, Julie Soprano 2007 to 2008
Saxe, Matt Baritone 2008 to 2010
Shepherd, Ryan Bassline 1990 to 1991
Shirey, Christine Color Guard 2003 to 2006
Shirley, Chris Baritone 2004
Shriver, Eric Snare 2004 to 2006
Shumick, Christopher Soprano 2000
Shumick, Christopher Mellophone/Assistant Conductor 2001
Shumick, Christopher Trumpet 2002
Sines, Allaina Trumpet 2005
Smith, Dan Euphonium 1984
Smith, Kim cymbals (hopefully) 2004
Smith, Matthew Front Ensemble 2003 to 2005
Snyder, Anna Colorguard 1999 to 2002
Spreadbury, Roma Guard 1977 to 1978
Stone, Kevin Euphonium 1993
Sutter, Paul Flutters Brass - All sections 1978 to 1985
Tanabe, Michelle Snare 2005
Tessier, Joshua Baritone 2000
Tome, Jessica Percussion/Front Ensemble 2001 to 2002
Turbeville, Megan Colorguard 2003 to 2004
Vielhaber, David Bass Drum 2002 to 2003
Warfield, Bryen Tuba 2007 to 2010
Webb, Darren Contra 1990 to 1991; 1993
Webb, Marc Baritone 1988 to 1991
Wells, Will Contra 2000 to 2002
Wells, Will Baritone 2003
Williams, Ryan Contrabass 2000
Williams, Ryan Contrabass 2000
Wilson, Kim Colorguard 2002 to 2004
Wise, Jeff Baritone 1986; 1988 to 1992
Wleczyk, Meghan Bluecoats 2006 to 2008
Zielinski, Alex Bass 2001
amrine, phil mellophone 2002 to 2003
roth, sarah Trumpet/ Sop 2005

CORPS 54 items


Blue Retro

Bluecoats Window Decal from the Bill Ives Collection

Bluecoats Canton OH-1 from the Bill Ives Collection

Bluecoats Canton OH-2 from the Bill Ives Collection

Bluecoats Canton OH-3 from the Bill Ives Collection

Bluecoats Canton OH-4 from the Bill Ives Collection

Bluecoats 1988 Uniform from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Jay Wise

Bluecoats,Canton,OH,LP1-Shield(RE-0.75x1.0)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Richard Elmquist

Bluecoats,Canton,OH,LP2-WhiteHelmet(RE-0.75x0.625)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Richard Elmquist

Bluecoats,Canton,OH,LP3-OhioSilver(RE-1.0x1.0)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Richard Elmquist

Bluecoats,Canton,OH,LP4-CuffLink(RE-0.5)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Richard Elmquist

Bluecoats,Canton,OH,LP5-OhioBugle(DST-1.0x0.75)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Donn Stroh

Bluecoats,Canton,OH,LP6-OvalBugle(DST-1.125x0.75)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Donn Stroh

Bluecoats,Canton,OH,LP7-PewterOval(DST-1.25x0.75)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Donn Stroh

Bluecoats,Canton,OH,LP8-LargeB(RE-0.875x1.0)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Richard Elmquist
PDF Document
186-187, Bluecoats from the Steve Vickers Collection

Bluecoats Recruitment Brochure - Back Cover from the Steve Vickers Collection

Bluecoats Recruitment Brochure - Cover from the Steve Vickers Collection

Bluecoats Recruitment Brochure - Inside from the Steve Vickers Collection

1993 Bluecoats Show Poster from the Steve Vickers Collection