Management Team

Director - Doug Darwin - Chair

Overall coordination of team leaders and projects.

Staff Coordinator/Assistant Director - Peter Jones

Coordinate staff with Program Coordinator, music distribution for staff. Coordinate Drum Majors. Back up and support for the Director.

Project Manager - Dave Bruce

Lay out project time lines, track and report.

Marketing and Promotion - Mark Sinden - Team Leader

Recruit staff, Drum Corps sites, online participants/support/volunteers, membership coordination.

Branding - Wyatt Gill

Naming, logo, marketing, merchandise, advertising

Treasurer - Jim Gardner - Team Leader

Project budget, set up bank accounts

Assistant Treasurer - Matt Davis

Event Planning - Kevin Matthew

Banquet, special events pre/post rehearsals, hotel and travel assistance (hospitality)

Equipment - Barry Woods - Team Leader

Recruit staff, equipment procurement (instruments, flags, poles, rifles, sabres, etc.)

Transportation - Mark Sichewski - Team Leader

Recruit staff, transportation procurement (rentals, day of)

Board Member - Steve Cambria

Website - Paul Johnston/Kevin Matthew

 Web creation, networking, Facebook Creation and all updates 

Design Team

Program Coordinator - Dave MacKinnon

Dave MacKinnon returns to the Bluecoats for his 22nd season in 2015 as Brass Supervisor. Dave brought a vast wealth of experience to the Bluecoats when he joined the staff in 1994. His experience dates back to the 1970s when he was the musical director of the Ventures (Kitchener, ON). Dave was elected to the Bluecoats Hall of Fame in 2009.

Dave resides in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and has taught, written, and consulted for drum and bugle corps in Canada, the United States, Korea, and Japan for many years. Additionally, he is an active music judge for U.S. Scholastic Band Association, New York Field Band Conference, Ontario Drum Corps Association, Michigan C.B.A., and Indiana State Music Association.

Brass Arranger - Doug Thrower


Douglas Scott Thrower is a free-lance composer/ arranger/ trumpeter from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. He has been a brass instructor for the Bluecoats since 1992 and has arranged for the corps since 1997. He has instructed and arranged for many bands and drum corps including Troopers, Dutch Boy, the Kiwanis Kavaliers and the Canadian Knights (1986 Class A World Champions). He currently composes and arranges for numerous high schools and universities. In addition to marching music he arranges for various ensembles (jazz and symphonic) and theater groups.

Doug studied with Don Johnson at Humber College in Toronto and studied jazz performance at McGill University in Montreal. He has recorded performances for the C.B.C. and can be heard on four recordings with the McGill Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Gordon Foote.

Doug with his wife Evelyn Blackwell has two daughters, Shelby and Claire.  He is delighted to be returning to the Bluecoats for his 26th season.

Percussion Arranger - Lee Beddis


A native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Beddis spent his youth with the Peterborough Krescendos, the Canadian Knights, and the Dutch Boy Drum Corps. He would later move south to join the ranks of the World Champion Garfield Cadets, in order to become part of the now-legendary “perfect” percussion line of 1987. After winning his second title in 1990, he aged out, swiftly moving into the role of instructor.

His instructing experience includes the Madison Scouts, Star of Indiana, and the Phantom Regiment. It was there, in 1996, that Beddis helped capture the World title with his ambitious leadership and musical compositions for “The Defiant Heart”, an all-Shostakovich program. 

In 1997, he turned his skills to the rebuilding of the Toledo, Ohio, Glassmen. Within the year, his expertise found immediate reward, moving that section into the forefront world-class recognition. After the successful 2000 season, he moved to the Crossmen, where he remained until his appointment as Percussion Coordinator to the Madison Scouts. Beddis’ unique reputation as a program builder prepared him for the role of returning the 2005 and 2006 Madison line to elite status.

Current Position -  Assistant Battery Caption Coordinator, The Cadets

Guard Designer - Craig Raymond


Craig is a native of St. Catherine’s, Ontario where he started his marching career with the Niagara Regionnaires Senior Drum & Bugle Corps. Craig aged out as a member of the Madison Scouts. 

In 1985

He then joined the staff of the Dutch Boy Drum & Bugle Corps and since that

time, has taught various groups including Les Eclipses, Les Metropolotains, Kiwanis Kavaliers, Expressions of North Star and the Ventures Winter Guard.

Craig is currently in his fourth season as program designer with The Magic of Scout House Winter Guard who are the current 3 time Northeast Color Guard Circuit champions.