From a Bluecoats' press release: The new Bluecoats' Web site (www.bluecoats.com -- launched last week) features an online store, interactive alumni/volunteer/support databases, news, calendar of events and more. "The Web site features a bold, new look for the corps," said Bluecoats assistant director David Glasgow. "And, the functionality of the new site will be an important tool as we continue to progress as an organization." More than a great design Behind the scenes, the Web site features a secured content-management system that allows corps personnel to manage its extensive mailing list of members, alumni, boosters and fans. This database (found in the alumni section of the site) is driven by people who sign up at bluecoats.com. Once a user creates a login name, he or she can instantly notify the corps of address changes, alumni information, and even post personal information for other alumni to view. Another new feature of the site is a custom-built message forum -- a destination for members, alumni, and fans to discuss all things involving the Bluecoats. Built by Bluecoats alumni The new bluecoats.com was designed and developed by Connelly Design Studio, Inc, a design and technology agency owned by Bluecoats alumni. Kimberly Connelly (president) marched in the rifle line from 1986-1989 and Michael Connelly (CEO) marched in the tenor line from 1986-1988. Michael subsequently served as corps treasurer and board member in 1997- 1998. "The Bluecoats are a world-class organization, and we are proud to build a world-class Web site for them," said Michael Connelly. "We avoided the traditional 'newsletter' format to create a work of art as unique as a Bluecoats production. We know what it's like to stand on the field as the crowd cheers for the corps, and we wanted to carry that excitement level from the competition field to the Web site. Just like the corps, the new bluecoats.com is sure to please Drum Corps fans world-wide." In addition to Connelly Design Studio, Inc., long-time corps Webmaster and board member Steve Popernack will be assisting with content and photo updates. Connelly Design Studio, Inc. is a design and technology agency with offices in Canton, Ohio. Founded in 2000, the company services clients across the United States, including ASC Industries, Inc. (Ohio), Clarian Health Systems, Inc. (Indiana), Hammonds Technical Services, Inc. (Texas), The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (Ohio) and Xikar, Inc (Missouri).
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