Drum Corps International
Hamilton, Koter, others return to Bluecoats staff

Hamilton, Koter, others return to Bluecoats staff

by Drum Corps International

From a Bluecoats press release: Coming off one of the most successful seasons in the history of the Bluecoats organization, the corps' design staff is already hard at work preparing for yet another incredible year. This year's design staff will once again be led by program director Bill Hamilton. Hamilton has been an integral part of Bluecoats history, as he has served the organization as a member, staff member or administrator since its first season as a competitive corps. Returning to again play a tremendous role in the program coordination process will be consultant Scott Koter. The Bluecoats' music designers will remain unchanged from last season. Mike McIntosh will reprise his role as music coordinator and battery percussion Arranger. Working with McIntosh is Tom Rarick, returning as the arranger for the front percussion ensemble. McIntosh and Rarick led the percussion program to a new level of success in 2004, and are excited about continuing the program's progression in 2005. Doug Thrower will be back for his 14th season with the corps, his ninth as brass arranger. He is the person behind the sound of one of the activity's most consistent brass programs. Mitch Rogers will design and coordinate the Bluecoats visual program. In his three years with the corps, Rogers has brought a new layer of sophistication to the Bluecoats' drill design. Rogers will work closely with returning color guard designer Jamie Oakley, who is set to build upon the great groundwork he laid for the guard program during the 2004 season. The Bluecoats' visual program will once again utilize the talents of choreographer Jim Buckley. Discussions and planning for the 2005 program are already in high-gear. "We held our first design meeting of the season in mid-September, where we discussed what areas we were successful in 2004, and where we needed to improve for this coming season," program director Bill Hamilton said. "In terms of selecting the 2005 program, we came out of the meeting with a pretty firm direction, and we're looking forward to continuing that discussion in our second meeting coming up in early-November." Stay tuned for bluecoats.com for more exciting information regarding the 2005 season.