Blue Knights 2016 Summer National Tour
DENVER, CO – The Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps summer national tour has been set. The road to become a Blue Knight started back in the fall of last season where over 1,000 prospective performers from around the United States vied for a chance to be among the world’s elite at the BKXperience Camps (learn more). In the winter and early spring, those prospective members who demonstrated the desired qualities–Attitude, Attendance, Financial Responsibility, Health and Performing Ability–were contracted as members due to their strong commitment and desire to perform as a member of the Blue Knights.
As Memorial Day arrives, the Blue Knights will begin their long 12-hour daily rehearsals to develop their show and prepare for the summer national tour. After three weeks of “all-days” training, the 150 Blue Knights performers will depart for a grueling 2½ month tour featuring over 30 performances in 20 states. Blue Knights performers will sleep on buses and gym floors as they trek from city to city, and a crew of volunteers operate large, rolling kitchens out of semi truck trailers to feed the caravans. The Blue Knights will travel with close to 200 people in 4 coach busses, 2 tractor trailer semi-trucks, 2 admin vans and 1 motor home. Want to give the Blue Knights a hand? Read this!
All Days Locations
- Windsor High School: May 22-27
- Adams City High School: May 28-31
- Prairie View High School: June 1-5
- Adams City High School: June 6-10
- Elizabeth High School: June 11-15
- Englewood High School: June 16-17
- *Send Off Show at Englewood High School: June 17
- West Coast Tour (arrive before June 27): 17836 Chatsworth Street Granada Hills, CA 91344
- Drums Along the Rockies (arrive before July 8): 9520 E. Jewell Ave, Unit A, Denver, CO 80247
- Texas Tour (arrive before July 21): Blue Knights, c/o Member Name, 601 Bluebonnet Lane, Mesquite, TX 75149
Finals Tour (arrive before August 4): Blue Knights, c/o Member Name, 4041 Maria Lane Bethlehem PA, 18017
NOTE: Please do not send drinks like Gatorade and large food items. Thank you!
The DCI Summer Tour
Formerly called the “Summer Music Games,” the Drum Corps International Tour is a series of more than 100 drum corps competitions that take place across the country during June, July and August. These competitions are of two varieties: events Drum Corps International produces (Premier Events) and events sanctioned through DCI’s national network of Tour Event Partners (Tour Events).
DCI creates the tour schedule, and drum corps are assigned to events based on availability and travel and logistical issues. Drum corps travel to the competitions and rehearse and prepare as they make their way between events. The intensive educational and social characteristics of the tour are a key aspect of the DCI experience that differentiates drum corps from scholastic marching band. From the perspective of many students, the tour IS the essence of the drum corps activity.
The summer national tour will culminate with the Drum Corps International World Championships, held the second week in August. As dozens of drum corps converge on the World Championships, the World Class ensembles engage in a series of three competitions to establish their final ranking. The top twelve scoring groups in the Semi-Finals qualify for the DCI Finals, which is the most elite stage in marching music. At DCI Finals competition, the Blue Knights put on their best performance of the season in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Read more here.
∴ Plan on attending a DCI World Championships show and get your tickets here!
Become an Insider
We’ve all heard that “many hands make light work” and that “there is strength in numbers”, but did you know that this is the foundation of the Ascend Insider recurring donor program that gives contributors “Insider Access” to the Blue Knights and Ascend Events?
When you donate as little as $10 per month–say the cost of a couple of coffees at Starbucks–on a recurring basis through our website, you will get special “behind the scenes” access each month featuring exclusive video updates on the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, Broncos Stampede and Broncos Brass, as well as Ascend Events (such as Drums Along the Rockies, Corps Encore, and Friendship Cups). Get the latest insight from the Blue Knights directors, admin team, design team, education staff, members, and volunteers highlighting what it is like to be on the inside!