Bluecoats Alumni Corps just 12 Months from Debut Weekend!

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Bluecoats Alumni Corps just 12 Months from Debut Weekend

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First Full Corps Zoom Meeting of Alumni Corps, July 2, 2021

July 5, Canton, Ohio. Coming off a pandemic and a canceled year of drum corps, Bluecoats were anxious in announcing the formation of its 50th Anniversary Alumni Corps as to how many former members and staff would register to perform. Expectations were blown away when over 90% of those who had over the past few years expressed interest in participating signed up to put on a Bluecoats uniform one more time. By the time registration closed, over 300 brass, 100+ guard and three times the normal size of a drum line had signed up to perform in a once-in-a-lifetime production. CEO Mike Scott is thrilled at what has developed so far. “Bluecoats are excited to represent the Drum Corps activity on not just our, but DCI’s, 50th Anniversary in 2022,” said Scott, “it’s going to be such a special year for us and the community.”

Planning by the Alumni Corps Steering Committee had not anticipated a “super sized” unit and over the past month logistics have been re-visited and in many cases re-worked. “It’s an understatement to say that we were stunned at the response of our alumni,” said Steering Committee Chair Ted Swaldo. “We knew we had a strong alumni base but knowing the time and effort the Alumni Corps would take, these numbers blew us away.” The challenges to operating a group at this size are daunting, but the Steering Committee is composed of every living former Director and several Bluecoat Hall of Fame members with an incredible combination of experience and expertise.

Program Coordinator, Larry Hershman, has assembled an all-star staff of over 50 former Bluecoats to prepare the Alumni Corps. “We are fortunate to have so many alumni who have made their mark on the marching arts want to volunteer their talents as leaders,” said Hershman, “we could easily find hundreds of former Bluecoats that have the credentials to lead a group like this onto the field.” The Design Team, many of the current Bluecoats Designers, have already released the first 90 seconds of the 2022 show to the Alumni Corps. The Caption Heads and Section Leaders, tasked with teaching the Alumni Corps remotely over the coming year, were instrumental in Bluecoats growth and/or are currently instructing across the Drum Corps landscape, top marching bands and color guards. Alumni Corps staff are, or have been, part of 17 different Drum Corps International competing corps at the World Class and Open Class levels.

Over the next year, five decades of Bluecoats, including a dozen original Bluecoats, will be preparing for its 2022 production with state of the art and contemporary learning tools. The first “in person” rehearsal will not take place for a full year when the group convenes over the July 4th weekend in 2022, but the learning will happen over the next twelve months at home. To show how far spread “at home” will be, Alumni Corps participants hail from 41 states and five countries.

Bluecoats 50th Anniversary Alumni Corps will be performing at the 2022 Drum Corps International Semi-Finals in the Encore slot as well as several other premier events next Summer. Watch Bluecoats.com in Spring 2022 for details of the corps’ debut as well as other performances. Over the next year, there will be little publicity coming from Alumni Corps as they put in the work to live up to Bluecoats motto of Be The Best We Can Be.

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2021 Drum Corps International Schedule

Schedule of 2021 events leading into Indianapolis

The 2021 Drum Corps International Celebration Tour

(As of March 31, 2021. Exact locations will be announced with ticketing information when they become available. Scheduled corps for all events remain tentative.)

Saturday, July 24 — Southern California
Pacific Crest
Gold
Impulse
Watchmen

Sunday, July 25 — Southern California
Pacific Crest
Gold
Impulse
Watchmen

Wednesday, July 28 — Boise, ID
Mandarins
Troopers

Friday, July 30 — La Crosse, WI
The Cavaliers
Blue Stars
Phantom Regiment
Colts
Colt Cadets
Madison Scouts
River City Rhythm

Friday, July 30 — Ogden, UT
Blue Knights
Mandarins
Troopers
The Battalion

Saturday, July 31 — Madison, WI area
The Cavaliers
Blue Stars
Phantom Regiment
Colts
Colt Cadets
Madison Scouts
River City Rhythm

Saturday, July 31 — Cheyenne, WY
Blue Knights
Mandarins
Troopers

Saturday, July 31 — Southern California
Pacific Crest
Gold
Impulse
Golden Empire
Watchmen

Sunday, August 1 — Dubuque, IA
The Cavaliers
Blue Stars
Phantom Regiment
Colts
Colt Cadets
Madison Scouts
River City Rhythm

Sunday, August 1 — Denver, CO area
Blue Knights
Mandarins
Troopers

Sunday, August 1 — Southern California
Pacific Crest
Impulse
Golden Empire
Watchmen

Tuesday, August 3 — Quincy, MA
Bluecoats
Boston Crusaders
The Cadets
Spirit of Atlanta
Music City

Tuesday, August 3 — Amarillo, TX area
Blue Knights
Mandarins
Gold

Wednesday, August 4 — Lynn, MA
Bluecoats
Boston Crusaders
The Cadets
Spirit of Atlanta
Music City

Wednesday, August 4 — Round Rock, TX
Blue Knights
Mandarins
Crossmen
Genesis
Gold
Guardians

Thursday, August 5 — Lawrence, MA
Bluecoats
Boston Crusaders
The Cadets
Spirit of Atlanta
Music City

Friday, August 6 — Rockford, IL
The Cavaliers
Blue Stars
Phantom Regiment
Colts
Colt Cadets
Madison Scouts

Friday, August 6 — Mesquite, TX area
Blue Knights
Mandarins
Crossmen
Genesis
Gold
Guardians

Saturday, August 7 — Lisle, IL area
The Cavaliers
Blue Stars
Phantom Regiment
Colts
Colt Cadets
Madison Scouts

Saturday, August 7 — Allentown, PA
Bluecoats
Boston Crusaders
The Cadets
Spirit of Atlanta
Music City

Saturday, August 7 — Southern California
Pacific Crest
Impulse
Watchmen

Sunday, August 8 — Cedarburg, WI
The Cavaliers
Blue Stars
Phantom Regiment
Colts
Colt Cadets
Madison Scouts

Sunday, August 8 — Little Rock, AR
Blue Knights
Mandarins
Crossmen
Troopers
Genesis
Gold

Monday, August 9 — Akron/Canton, OH area
Bluecoats
Boston Crusaders
The Cadets
Spirit of Atlanta
Music City

Tuesday, August 10 — Southwest, OH area
The Cavaliers
Boston Crusaders
The Cadets
Spirit of Altanta
Music City

Tuesday, August 10 — Marion, IN
Bluecoats
Blue Stars
Colts
Colt Cadets
Phantom Regiment
Madison Scouts
Heat Wave

Tuesday, August 10 — Cape Girardeau, MO
Blue Knights
Mandarins
Crossmen
Troopers
Genesis
Gold

Thursday, August 12 through Saturday, August 14 — Indianapolis, IN
The Academy
Bluecoats
Boston Crusaders
Blue Knights
Blue Stars
Cadets
The Cavaliers
Colts
Colt Cadets
Crossmen
Genesis
Gold
Heat Wave
Madison Scouts
Mandarins
Music City
Pacific Crest
Phantom Regiment
River City Rhythm
Spirit of Atlanta
Troopers

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