From a Bluecoats press release: Drew Shanefield will serve as the Bluecoats' program coordinator in 2006. Shanefield has spent the past several seasons with the Cavaliers, serving as both brass caption head (1998-2000) and program consultant (2002-2005). He also served as the brass arranger for the Crossmen in 2004 and 2005. Prior to these appointments, Shanefield filled the role of brass caption head for both the Carolina Crown and the Cadets. He is currently on the music faculty at Swarthmore College and is an instrumental music teacher for the School District of Haverford Township, Pa. Shanefield is also a music adjudicator and clinician for Bands of America (BOA) and the United States Scholastic Bands Association (USSBA), and is a Yamaha performing artist and clinician. Assisting Drew in the program coordination process will be returning consultant Scott Koter.

Bill Hamilton will continue to play a vital role as education director. In his new position Hamilton will concentrate on administrative duties as they relate to the day-to-day management of the instructional staff. He has been an integral part of the Bluecoats since their inception, serving the organization as a member, staff member or administrator since its first season as a competitive corps. Returning to the corps' design staff are music designers Mike McIntosh (battery percussion), Tom Rarick (front ensemble), and Doug Thrower (brass). Mitch Rogers (drill design) and Jamie Oakley (color guard) will once again design the Bluecoats' Visual Program. Bluecoats Executive Director David Glasgow is extremely excited about the design team the corps has assembled for the 2006 season. "Consistency and chemistry are very important to us, so it's great that we've been able continue with this talented group of designers," he said. "Also, Drew is a perfect fit to our already incredible team and will help us build upon our recent success." For more information on the Bluecoats 2006, stay tuned to