Blue Knights Denver Xperience Camp Preview – February 2015

DENVER, CO – The Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps will hold its next Training Camp (for Brass only) in Denver, Colorado on February 20-22, 2015 at Rachel B. Noel Middle School.  Check-in will begin at 6:00 pm.  Please note that the cost of the Camp Fee will increase the day of–if you have registered but NOT paid, make sure you pay now to avoid the extra cost and added wait time at check-in.  The cost for this camp is $100 for all participants, if paid before the Friday of Camp.  The Camp Fee will increase to $125 if you pay at the door (if you did not pay in advance).  The Camp Fee covers meals, overnight accommodations, instruction, and materials.  The Camp Fee does not apply to summer tuition fee.

Attendees should register for Camp here.

*If you have any questions about your fees, please contact Rosalie at Ascend@AscendPerformingArts.org before the camp weekend.

Following check-in, there will be a welcome meeting for everyone from 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm followed by a parent meeting at 7:30 pm for those who would like to attend.  Parental support is what makes the Blue Knights successful, and you are needed to give the members the incredible Blue Knights experience we are known for.  This is also a great way for you to find out about our program and meet other parents.  We are confident that you will find a very welcoming and exciting opportunity here.

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2014BKX-DenverVolunteersThis month, volunteers will cook and serve the meals throughout the weekend and provide airport shuttle transportation.

Not sure how to help?  Just ask.  We can always find something for anyone willing to lend a hand.  Volunteers are encouraged to sign up here beforehand (but stop by anyway if you’re there) and sign up for the email mailing list to receive Blue Knights information via email.  Please contact our Ascend Volunteer Coordinator, Keith, for questions: Volunteer@AscendPerformingArts.org.

*Read more about volunteering here.

Snack will be provided before lights out on Friday evening.  We will also provide breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know during check-in.  You should plan on staying through the weekend until we are done on Sunday at 4:30 pm. Wondering about the weather?  Check-out the Denver forecast and be ready to be outside if it is nice: 5-Day Forecast.  Be ready for cold temperatures!

What to bring

Attendees will stay overnight in the school on the floor, as you will all summer.  Aside from your rehearsal gear you should have a sleeping bag and anything else you will need for an overnight stay: wire music stand (if you have one), water cooler, 3-ring binder, sheet protectors, mouthpiece(s) for brass, your instrument or equipment, cloth gloves for brass, sneakers, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletry items for entire weekend, and camp fee.  We will provide a limited number of horns (bring one if you are able to).  Your camp fee will cover all of your meals during the weekend.  We will have showers available at the camp location as well.

NOTE: Also, attendees should download, complete and notarize the Blue Knights Medical Form/Release here.  In addition, please bring a COPY of your birth certificate for our files.

*For more on what to bring, please refer to our FAQ.

Transportation

As a reminder for those of you coming in from out of town, please complete our new transportation request form here: http://bit.ly/bkshuttleform by Wednesday, February 18th.  You will receive an email on Thursday, February 19th with more details on your pick-up.  NOTE: Failure to complete the BK Shuttle request form before Wednesday, February 18th, may result in long delays before you are picked up at the airport or bus station.

Membership Process & Contracts

All positions in the Blue Knights are available in every section.  Following the weekend, you will get feedback on your audition.

Attendees will be told one of the three options:

1. Offered membership into the Blue Knights.

2. Offered an Alternate spot.

3. Suggested that you come back next year with feedback on how to improve.

p-IMG_7276If you are returning from a BKXperience Clinic or Camp, we are specifically looking for the growth you have made in the past month.  Your audition will be similar to the prior months, and please be prepared in the same manner as which was asked for your first audition.  A decision will be made regarding your membership after this camp (if it has not been already).

*If you cannot attend this camp, please make sure you are communicating with your respective caption head.

Those who are offered a contract should begin making payments on your fees immediately when you submit your contract online.  An email with instructions will be sent to those offered contracts after the camp weekend.

Remaining Rehearsals

∴ Brass Only — March 13-15, 2015 (6:00pm Friday – 4:30pm Sunday)
Rachel B. Noel Middle School

∴ Brass, Percussion, Guard — April 24-26, 2015 (6:00pm Friday – 4:30pm Sunday)
Rachel B. Noel Middle School

*Tentative Move-in for “All-Days” training is set for Saturday, May 16, 2015.

If you have concerns or issues the day of the camp, you may contact us at our email: Communications@AscendPerformingArts.org.

Thanks for your interest in the Blue Knights and we’ll see you on Friday!

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