Canton, OH United States
Founded: 1972

Active Junior
World Class
1975 Fanfare and Coronation March * Variations on America * Gospel John * Living for the City  
1976 Quejada * Drum Fugue * I Believe * Turkey in the Straw * Theme from Gold * Theme from S.W.A.T. * Bridge Over Troubled Water  
1977 Le Coq D'or * Porgy and Bess Medley * Carmina Burana * Bridge Over Troubled Water * Fanfare from Quejada  
1978 Farandole (from L'Arlesienne) * Corazon * Sweet Inspiration * Oklahoma Crude * Where He Leads Me * Stoney End * Big Noise from Winnetka (from Reveille with Beverly) * New York, New York (from On the Town)  
1980 Farandole (from L'Arlesienne) * Left Bank Express * Encore in Jazz * Friends * Exodus  
1981 Barnum * Aquarius (from Hair) * Encore in Jazz * Porgy and Bess Medley  
1982 Compendium Suite * Carnival * Aquarius (from Hair) * Root Beer Rag * Pavanne (from American Symphonette no. 2)  
1984 Run Back to Mama * Night in Rome * Bugle Call Rag * Magnum Opus * For Your Eyes Only  
1985 Run Back to Mama * Lover Man * Walk Between Raindrops * Sunrise Lady * Race with the Devil on Spanish Highway * One Voice  
1986 Hungarian Dance No. 5 * Doodletown Fifers * Salt Peanuts * Everything Happens to Me  
1987 Bye Bye Blues * Autumn Leaves * Body and Soul  
1988 That Old Black Magic * Take Five * Autumn Leaves  
1989 Johnny One Note (from Babes in Arms) * My Funny Valentine (from Babes in Arms) * Sing Sing Sing  
1990 Caravan * I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good) * Don't Get Around Much Anymore * It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing  
1991 Nutville * Palookaville * A Whiter Shade of Pale  
1992 A Day in the Life - Nowhere Man * Eleanor Rigby * The Long and Winding Road * Penny Lane * A Day In The Life * The End  
1993 Standards in Blue - A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie - All the Things You Are * 'Round Midnight * A Night in Tunisia  
1994 Blues - Things Ain't What They Used To Be * Blues for Alice * In a Sentimental Mood * Sandu * C Jam Blues  
1995 Homefront: 1945 - Come Rain or Come Shine (from St. Louis Woman) * Shippin Out * I'll Be Seeing You * Newsreel * Sing Sing Sing  
1996 American Celebrations - My Funny Valentine (from Babes in Arms) * Big Day in Bristol * Yankee Doodle Dandy * Strike Up the Band (from Strike Up the Band) * Prophet's Margin * Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (from Meet Me In St. Louis) * Auld Lang Syne  
1997 Midnight Blue . . . Jazz After Dark, The Bluecoats' Way - Harlem Nocturne * Moon * You and the Night and the Music  
1998 Four Seasons of Jazz - Winter * It Might as Well be Spring * Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) * Autumn Leaves  
1999 Music of Chick Corea - Armando's Rhumba * Duende * Leprechaun's Dream * Celebration Suite  
2000 Threshold - Intro * And On The Sixth Day * The Witch * Air Antique * Finale  
2001 Latin Sketches - Intro 2001 * Candelabra Rhumba * Red Cape Tango * Tango - Finale  
2002 Urban Dances - Sunrise * Paradise Utopia (from Concerto for Bass Trombone) * Overture from Dancer in the Dark * Pedal to the Metal (from Motor City Triptych)  
2003 Capture and Escape - Time to Take Back the Knights * Adagio for Theresa * Mediterraneo * Libertango * Code Name: Eternity * Original  
2004 Mood Swings - Ride * One Day I'll Fly Away (from Moulin Rouge) * Hunting Wabbits  
2005 Caravan - Caravan * Incantation (from Quidam) * Ombra (from Cirque du Soliel) * Hajj  
2006 Connexus - The Roots of Coincidence * Distorted (from La Nouba) * My Heart and I * The Tihai  
2007 Criminal - Criminal * Battle Music * Small World * Room Service * Smooth Criminal * Hummingbird * Timbuktu * Every Breath You Take  
2008 The Knockout - On The Waterfront * The Boxer * Rocky * Rocky IV * Rocky III  
2009 IMAGINE - Imagine * Children's Hour of Dream * Hunting Wabbits 2 * Sky Blue * Haitian Fight Song  
2010 Metropolis: The Future is Now - 160 BPM from Angels and Demons * AHA! * Metropolis * Asphalt Cocktail  
2011 Brave New World - Creep * Deus Ex Machina * Harvest:Concerto for Trombone  
2012 UnMasQued - Masquerade (from Phantom of The Opera) * Filet (from La Reve) * Flume * Ritual * Love Dance (from Ka) * blue cathedral * Epiphanies (Fanfares and Chorales)  
2013 look for America - America * Agnus Dei * Hallelujah * City Life * Spring from * Ebony Concerto * Concerto for Wind Ensemble, Mvt. 5  
2014 Tilt - Uffe's Woodshop * Platinum Rows * The Hymn of Acxiom * to wALK Or ruN in wEst harlem  
2015 Kinetic Noise - Shaker Loops * Electric Counterpoint * Woods * Gene takes a Drink * An Animated Description of Mr. Maps * Dense  
2016 Down Side Up - Jose/ Before John 5 * Heat of the Day * Raga Raja * Udacrep Akubrad * Great Gig in the Sky (from Dark Side of the Moon) * Down Slide Up * Todo Tiende  
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 old Boys' Club. Besides being a businessman, Mr. Drukenbrod was a musician who had played his drum 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 musicians chose the name "Bluecoats" in tribute to the police department's retired police officers and as a program of the Police Boys' Club. They made their drum corps debut in competition in 1974.

Over the next several years, the Bluecoats organization developed from a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. As community support grew, so did the size and stature of the corps. By 1976, the Bluecoats were recognized nationally as an up-and-coming organization as they competed around the country and in Canada, making the U.S. Open finals that year.

On the road, old surplus Army buses painted blue initially carried the corps throughout the country. These historic 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 food trailer's current incarnation as a restaurant kitchen on eighteen wheels.

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

The first corps from Ohio to make the DCI finals, in 1987, the Bluecoats have continually found themselves in high acclaim around the country for their crowd-pleasing jazz. Always a favorite, the Bluecoats' applause from the crowd grew into a roar of "Bluuuuue!" as the corps continued its rise to international prominence. With perennially high quality field presentations, the corps has made DCI finals nearly every year since 1987, including 2003, when they finished seventh with an interesting 'Capture and Escape' program.

The Bluecoats' 2004 program was called 'Mood Swings,' earning the group a sixth place DCI Finals finish. This was the corps' highest finish in 28 years of DCI competition.

Founded in and supported by the people of the "Hall of Fame City," Canton, Ohio, the Bluecoats and their world-renowned "Big Band Jazz" style have become Stark County's musical ambassadors to the nation, encouraging excellence in youth through the challenge, excitement, creativity and self-discipline of drum and bugle corps.


Members (116)

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
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
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
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, 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
Wleczyk, Meghan Bluecoats 2006 to 2008
Zielinski, Alex Bass 2001
amrine, phil mellophone 2002 to 2003
roth, sarah Trumpet/ Sop 2005

CORPS 10 items


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
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