For Parents

When your son or daughter decides to be part of a Drum Corps International corps, he or she is making a choice that requires a deep personal commitment that will require strength and focus. Facing new levels of responsibility, discipline and self-knowledge, they will gain values that will help them succeed in life.

HELP THEM PURSUE THEIR DREAMS

Every student has personal reasons for wanting to be part of a Drum Corps International group. Your son or daughter is no different. It may simply be to become a better performer. Alternatively, it could be a way to be with friends. College-level students often view membership in a drum corps as a key rung in their climb to be professional performers or arts educators. For many students, it is a way to challenge themselves to become the best they can be. 

Winning a Drum Corps International championship title, performing in front of tens of thousands of people, being a better horn player, being part of a tradition and part of something bigger than oneself, becoming the best music teacher, having the most extraordinary summer experience of their lives, meeting new people, learning from the best teachers or seeing new places. 

No matter their dream, being part of a DCI drum corps such as the Blue Knights can help them achieve it, while at the same time providing one of the most intense and rewarding performing arts education experiences available in the world. It is an experience that helps build the performance, education and personal foundation of a lifetime.

THE SEASON

Our season begins in mid-May with about two-weeks of rehearsals (also known as “All Days”).  Rehearsals are typically 12 hours a day, every day.  Members will get several blocks of free time and several opportunities to do laundry.  This is the most tedious and challenging portion of the season but the hard work put in will pay dividends later in the season.  The Blue Knights then hit the road for their national tour performing at competitions while continuing to refine their competitive show.  The Blue Knights typically perform at approximately 30 shows throughout the country that end up at the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana on the second Saturday in August of each year.

TRAVEL

The Blue Knights typically drive approximately 10,000 miles every summer in four coach buses (three for the members and one for the instructional staff) and two vans (for admin staff and volunteers).  Our convoy also includes two semi–trailer trucks (one that carries our uniforms and musical equipment with the other acting as our mobile kitchen used to prepare 4 meals a day for our 150 members plus staff and volunteers).  The Blue Knights mobile kitchen features a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, storage shelving for canned goods, sink, and oven.

ACCOMMODATIONS

“All Days” is usually spent in Denver and surrounding area High Schools. While touring, we sleep mostly on gym floors in various high schools and middle schools.

HEALTH AND MEDICAL

We travel with a nursing staff at all times and have an extensive network of healthcare professionals available to help keep your son or daughter healthy.  Both water and Gatorade are available at all rehearsals.  Members are given many water breaks and tour management ensures that the drum corps has adequate rest.  All participating members are required to submit proof of medical history form and health insurance information to the medical staff.

If your son or daughter has special dietary needs, let management know and we’ll do our best to accommodate him.

CONTACTING YOUR BLUE KNIGHT

• By Mail: We have mail drops periodically throughout the summer.  Information is posted on this website and our Facebook page as it is confirmed.  ONLY send to addresses we specify as mail drop sites for a specified date range.  NEVER send to any other address.  Schools will not accept packages for us.

• By Phone: You may contact your Blue Knight via cell phone at any time (although they may be very busy rehearsing).  Cell phones (along with any other personal electronic device) will be the sole responsibility of the member.

• By Social Media: Want to know what’s happening without annoying your kid with constant stream of text messages?  Then follow us on our Facebook page. That’s where all updates will get posted first.

NOTE: Emergency contact information is provided to parents or guardians with a number of ways to reach their son or daughter, when needed.

VOLUNTEERING

Is this your first exposure to Drum Corps or the Blue Knights?  Is your child traveling from home for the first time and you’d feel better accompanying them?  Just plain curious? Then join join us as a volunteer and work along side people that will can answer way more questions and share far more experiences than you’ll find online.  Time will be available to spy on what your kid is doing.

The Blue Knights is not be able to operate without the power of its volunteers.  If you’d like to give us a hand (whether it is a day, a weekend, or a week) and be a part of what goes on behind the scenes, please visit our volunteer page.

VISITORS

All rehearsals are open to the public and you are always welcome to come visit your son or daughter on a break or after a show (NOTE: Only drum corps staff and members are allowed inside our housing facilities and on the buses. Let us know who you are looking for and we will find them for you.)

QUESTIONS

Still have questions? Check out DCI’s information for parents here. You may also contact Keith volunteer@ascendperformingarts.org.