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IWU To Host Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps' Spring Training
Updated March 9, 2018 6:47 AM
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(MARION) - Indiana Wesleyan University is pleased to announce its residential campus in Marion, Indiana, has been selected as the 2018 spring training site for Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, a world-class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. IWU will host the group from May 16-June 20.

Having served as Bluecoats' housing site for the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, since 2013, IWU has the perfect mix of outstanding facilities and excellent service uniquely suited to hosting the corps for their five-week spring training. The corps will utilize grass rehearsal fields-- including the new football field-- as well as the Phillippe Performing Arts Center and Troyer Fieldhouse Athletic Center. All members will stay overnight in residence halls.

"IWU is thrilled to host the corps for spring training," said Keith Brakel, executive director of conference services at IWU. "Their organization exhibits the highest degree of excellence both on and off the field. We look forward to expanding our partnership."

All rehearsals on IWU's campus will be open to the public, but the corps asks that no video or still photography be taken of any of their activities while on campus.

Based out of Canton, Ohio, the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps is a marching music education organization made up of 150 men and women between the ages of 15 and 22. The Bluecoats travel over 10,000 miles and compete in about 30 performances each season as participants in Drum Corps International's annual tour. The organization was founded in 1972 as an outgrowth of the Canton Police Boys Club. For more information on the Bluecoats, visit

Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church committed to global liberal arts and professional education. IWU-Marion represents nearly 3,200 students who are enrolled in traditional programs on the residential campus in Marion, Indiana. IWU-National & Global represents 10,000 adult learners who study at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and online. IWU also has a sister institution in Sydney, Australia, and serves students in 30 countries.

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