Blue Knights Seeking Van Drivers, Cooks for 2017 Tour

Members of '14 BK Kitchen Krew

DENVER, CO – We need your help to make the members of the Blue Knights become the very best they can be! Our goal each year is to make every member’s experience an incredible one in which they learn not only to play, spin, dance, drum and march together but also how to better live their lives.

Join the Blue Knights family and become a volunteer. It would not be possible to achieve this goal without the support of numerous volunteers who so generously take time out of their busy lives to help make our corps one of the very best. You would be surprised at how much can be done even if you only have an hour to spare.

Each summer the Blue Knights operate a fast-paced and high-energy summer tour, traveling nearly 11,000 miles by road and performing more than 30 shows, parades, concerts, and clinics around the United States. Some of the positions below are paid depending on the skill and demand.

All Blue Knights paid position applicants will be required to:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have valid drivers license.
  • Pass a rigorous driving record verification (admin, merchandise, prop only).
  • Submit to a FBI/BCI background check.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Work entire summer from May 21 to August 14, 2017 (conflicts will be considered on case-by-case basis).

Merchandise Sales

Our souvenir program is another vital place for volunteers to contribute. Wherever the Blue Knights travel our souvenir vehicle follows, selling Blue Knights merchandise to fans at each show we attend. We rely on our souvenir sales crew to drive the trailer from place to place, set up at each show, and sell merchandise to our fans at every competition. Once a show is over, it’s time to pack up and get on the way to the next site!


Food Truck

The Blue Knights provide four meals per day to all members, support staff, and volunteers—that’s about 200 people! Meal preparation takes place on our mobile food trailer. The trailer is a full service kitchen built into a 53′ long NASCAR style semi-trailer, and travels with us wherever we go. The trailer is newly renovated and carries onboard power, water, and gray water.  It’s clean and bright with views to the outside, well lit, air conditioned, Bluetooth/MP3/AM/FM/CD sound system, new cabinets and appliances (convection ovens, tilt skillet, griddle, range, full air exchange/fire suppression hoods, 3 door refrigerator, 2 door freezer, single door freezer, pot fillers, 3-compartment dishwashing sink, hand washing sink, stainless steel counters/prep tables), washer/dryer, full pantry, tailgate ramp, easy side door access, AED/First Aid, and two large slide outs for improved work space.  Plus it looks awesome.

Daily tasks include cleaning (dishes, floors, counters), cooking (baking, boiling, chopping, stirring), serving meals, and grocery shopping (lists provided!).  You will follow the guidance of our Tour Cook who does all the planning and leads daily operations.  You’ll likely be the first up and the last to bed and most certainly the most appreciated.  Great team camaraderie. Tour transportation is via a 35′ RV equipped with AC and a driver. Housing is “Drum Corps Style”.


Van Drivers

The Blue Knights have, as part of our vehicle fleet, a support vehicle (mini van), staff van, and an administrative RV, that travels with us across the country to be used for grocery shopping, airport runs, doctor visits, and all of the other errands that life on tour brings us. Drivers of these vehicles are expected to travel with our convoy. Some driving positions may be compensated.


Help Out In Your Hometown

In addition to help with sewing, food preparation, souvenir sales, and medical services, the corps also needs volunteers who can help while the Blue Knights is stopped in their area. So, if you are unable to join the drum corps on tour, there are several great ways you can help when we’re in your hometown. Provide dessert: cookies, brownies, Gatorade or spend a couple of hours to help clean up or to prepare and serve a meal.


Other Areas Need Help

Can’t go on tour but willing to help? There are several fundraisers, which need your help. General information and sign-up information are listed below:

Bingo Games: Bingo profits provide a big chunk of money to make the tour a success. Help is especially short during the summer because the members are on tour. We would appreciate help even if you can do only one game. Bingo is held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at the Bingo Company, 64th and Wadsworth, Arvada.

Drums Along the Rockies: Will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Sports Authority Field. Help is needed for program sales, souvenir sales, and collecting for Fuel Fund campaign.

Cooks for Camps and Spring Training: Cooking help will be needed for November-April monthly camps and Spring training (starting in Mid-May) to be held in Denver. Watch details on the website, newsletters, and Facebook.

Click on the DOTS below or contact Volunteer@ascendperformingarts.org for more information.

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