Alumni Spotlight: Chris Temple

Name: Chris Temple

What year(s) did you march in the Blue Knights?
Indoor percussion ensemble: 2003-2005 Drum Corps: 2006, 2007

What section?


Where did you attend high school?

Chaparral High School

Education beyond high school?
Bachelor of Science in Audio Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

What is your current occupation?

Flight Controls Engineer at United Launch Alliance.

Why did you choose to march with the Blue Knights?

Phenomenal instructional staff – I learned how to drum at a high level from incredible people. Show designs were always unique and captivating, representing the Blue Knights identity. I loved the sense of family environment, everyone always had each other’s back!

What is your favorite drum corps memory?

Rehearsing in the pouring rain in Madison, WI during finals week 2006.

How have the Blue Knights impacted your life?

Some of my closest friends came from this organization. The lessons I’ve learned through the Blue Knights have helped shape me to who I am and still affect me today (rockets and Drum Corps have more in common than you would think).

What are some the Blue Knights’ core values/principles that have resonated with you in life?

I’ve learned its possible to always push yourself farther than you think. Being completely dedicated to something as a part of a team and succeeding together will always resonate with me throughout life experiences. How to lead, how to deal with difficult situations, and how to make a stellar PB&J all came from my experience with Blue Knights.

What advice would you tell someone considering trying out for the Blue Knights?

Take the first step, and just commit to doing it. It is 100% worth it! Then, outwork everyone else.

How would you like to see other Blue Knight alumni get involved in the

Attend shows/rehearsals/events, help out financially, bring Gatorade 🙂

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