The Bluecoats, a drum and bugle corps from Canton, Ohio, made a brief stop in Kenosha Friday as part of their summerlong tour.
The corps, which was ranked No. 1 going into Friday night’s competition in Lisle, Ill., spent the night at Mahone Middle School Thursday, then rehearsed at Jaskwhich Stadium Friday morning and afternoon.
Performing a show of all Beatles music, the 150-member corps drilled in small groups in the morning before coming together for a full ensemble rehearsal early Friday afternoon.
With a powerful brass line and athletic color guard, the Bluecoats take the audience on a whirlwind tour of Beatles music, with heavy use of selections from the album titled “The Beatles,” more commonly referred to as “The White Album.”
Friday night’s show promised to be a test for the corps’ standing, as they were to face last year’s Drum Corps International champion Santa Clara Vanguard as well as another top corps, the Cavaliers from Rosemont, Ill., returning to the Midwest from a tour of the West Coast.
After Friday’s show in Lisle, a number of corps will converge for a show Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
The DCI corps will continue to criss-cross the country on their tour leading up to the DCI World Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Aug. 8-10.