Bluecoats Launch New Helmet Fundraising Campaign

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During the past few months, the Bluecoats Community has demonstrated a level of support unmatched in Bluecoats history. The cancellation of the Bluecoats’ 2020 season? due to the coronavirus pandemic has created one of the most significant challenges the Bluecoats organization has ever faced.

At the beginning of May, Bluecoats announced a 2020 fundraising goal of $350,000. So far, the Bluecoats Community has come together to raise over $177,500 towards that goal. With just under half that goal remaining, the Helmet Campaign? is being launched. Donors who make a gift of $250 or greater will receive an official Bluecoats commemorative helmet as a thank you for their generous donation.

An outgrowth of the Canton Police Boys Club, Bluecoats has always been tied closely to the police tradition. The custodian (“bobby”) helmet is an iconic image of the police, and was a wonderful icon of the Bluecoats for many decades. As drum corps traditions have changed and the new Bluecoats image rose quickly to the forefront of the drum corps activity, the Bluecoats’ use of the helmet became a thing of the past. Only 45 helmets remain at Bluecoats, so the gift is a very special memento, emblematic of the rich Bluecoats history.

Since being founded by the Canton Police Boys Club, Bluecoats has been committed to providing a world class performance arts experience to young people, and to leading the drum corps art form for hundreds of thousands of aspiring young performers and the music education industry. Donations during this pivotal time in Bluecoats history ensure the Bluecoats Experience continues for young people and that crowds will once again enjoy a Bluecoats performance.


About Bluecoats – Founded in 1972, Bluecoats is a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts education organization known around the world for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps and Bluecoats Indoor. Bluecoats brings performing arts education to thousands of aspiring young musicians both in Stark County, and around the globe. For more information, visit

Posted by on Thursday, May 28th, 2020. Filed under Current News, DCI World, FrontPage Feature.