Drum Corps International
Update on the 2003 Bluecoats

Update on the 2003 Bluecoats

by Drum Corps International

From a Bluecoats' press release: Behind the scenes, the Bluecoats drum and bugle corps from North Canton, Ohio, has not only been diligently working on its 2003 program but also on significant enhancements to its management team, infrastructure and instructional staff. New to the Bluecoats management team for 2003 is the position of assistant director. David Glasgow, who served as the tour coordinator in 2002, now holds this new the position. He was a four-year member of the corps, serving his last two seasons as drum major. He is originally from Hartford, Mich. Glasgow holds a degree in human resources and psychology from Michigan State University and is currently employed in the purchasing department for ASC Industries in North Canton, Ohio. His duties as assistant director include office operations, logistics, recruiting and tour management as well as assisting in the development of several new fund-raising initiatives. Another significant improvement to the Bluecoats organization is the launch of "Bluecoats Bingo." The bingo game opened on Feb. 10, and is now playing to overflow crowds at a new bingo hall, located at the Moose Lodge #233 in Canton. The relationship with the local Moose Lodge serves as a continuation of the Bluecoats efforts to maintain close ties to the community. Special thanks to Bluecoats board members Fran and Jerry Brown for their efforts in the successful launch of the new game. Also significant to the corps' success in 2003 has been a very successful recruiting season. At the end of four audition camps held in both Ohio and Texas from November through January, the Bluecoats auditioned more than 700 prospective members. This, together with a large number of returning veterans, will help to make the 2003 corps one of their most talented and mature corps ever. The Bluecoats are also very proud that the core of its teaching and design staff, many of which who have been with them since 2000 and earlier, has again returned for 2003. One significant addition to this strong nucleus of staff members is visual designer Mitch Rogers. Since 1992, Rogers has been the drill designer for the trend-setting Plymouth-Canton (Michigan) Educational Park Marching Band, a perennial Bands of America (BOA) Grand Nationals finalist and Michigan state champion. In 1999, Plymouth-Canton was the BOA Grand Champion. Rogers also taught the 1992 BOA Grand National Champion Spring H.S. Marching Band from Spring, Texas. As an instructor and designer, Rogers has been associated with high school bands throughout the United States, including Stephen F. Austin H.S. (Sugar Land, Texas) Westfield H.S. (Spring, Texas) Langham Creek H.S. (Cypress, Texas) Penn H.S. (Mishawaka, Ind.) Reeths-Puffer H.S. (Muskegon, Mich.) and many others. The Bluecoats will be led on the field this year by drum majors Ian Kraynak and Erin O' Dore. Kraynak has been a two-year member of the pit ensemble. O'Dore is also a two-year member, having performed with the cymbal line in 2001 as well as being assistant conductor in 2002. Announcements about the 2003 Bluecoats program will be made in the weeks to come. Keep checking www.bluecoats.com for news and information, as well an exciting new Web site upgrade this spring.