Alumni Spotlight: Kent Wallis

What year(s) did you march in the Blue Knights? 

I marched with the Blue Knights from 2010-2013.

What sections?

Trumpet (2010-2011), mellophone (2012), and aged out as one of the drum majors (2013).

Where did you attend high school?

Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas.

Education beyond high school?

After high school, I attended the University of Houston and earned a Bachelor of Music Education in the spring of 2016.

What is your current occupation?

I am currently the Assistant Director of Bands at Heritage High School in my hometown of Frisco, Texas.

Why did you choose to march with the Blue Knights?

The Blue Knights had a satellite audition camp in November of 2009 at Colleyville Heritage High School for the 2010 season. It wasn’t very far to drive, so I decided to go. I was invited to the December camp in Denver and offered a contract there. After my first summer, I was hooked. My favorite thing about the corps was the quality of instruction I received.

What is your favorite drum corps memory?

My favorite Blue Knights memory was the immense sense of pride and accomplishment I felt at the end of my first summer after the final horn snap down of the closer. I had completed one of the most difficult journeys of my life up to that point.

 

How have the Blue Knights impacted your life?

I have always felt that I was surrounded by some of the finest educators in the activity when I was a member, both on the musical and visual side of the instructional staff. My approach to music and visual education has been enormously impacted by my time with the Blue Knights.

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

Some of the things we’d talk about as a corps with Sully have stuck with me over the years. One of the concepts Marc Sylvester stressed to us was the importance of completing everything you do to the very best of your ability because it has “your name on it.” Your name and your brand are truly all you have in life. Get up and do the work required. What are you going to make your name worth, not just for your community, but for yourself?

 

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

Absolutely, a million times, 100% go for it. The quality of instruction and the attention to the needs of the members is outstanding. If you’re about performance, expression, and thoughtful show design, this is the place for you. Everyone always says it, but I believe it in my core to be true – the Blue Knights is a family.

 

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

If you have the ability to, set up a monthly recurring donation. Even something as small as $10 every month can go a long way with an alumni base as large as the umbrella of Ascend Performing Arts.

∴ Want to be featured in a future Alumni Spotlight? Email us at Alumni@AscendPerformingArts.org

Support Ascend by scheduling your Colorado Gives Day donation by December 7, or donate on December 8.

Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Ascend Slant Logo Space hr

Blue Knights Update Fall 2020

Eight months after the beginning of social distancing requirements due to the COVID pandemic, the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps is gearing up for …

Read More →
c8

Preschedule Your Colorado Gives Day Gift!

Schedule your donations NOW through December 7 for Colorado Gives Day 2020 or Donate on Tuesday, December 8.  Here’s how to schedule a donation for …

Read More →
119437840_10158599530554868_171074797888897877_o

Support the Blue Knights with an online fundraiser!

Do you want to know how you can support Ascend Performing Arts and celebrate special occasions all at the same time? Create a fundraiser on …

Read More →
7C5D7884-DD1A-4C23-B35C-10788EC126B6

Alumni Spotlight: Lisa Crider

When I was asked to write about my experience as a Blue Knight, I really didn’t know where to start. I was honestly shocked that …

Read More →
119910711_3256674924453074_6406389567049271505_n

Thank you, Drum Majors!

THANK YOU, DRUM MAJORS! A group of 41 drum majors from 1980 to 2020 met in early August to develop the #SaveBK campaign. The purpose …

Read More →
119868251_3250813575039209_6976749593983443899_o

Thank you, 2020 Ticket Donors!

THANK YOU, 2020 TICKET DONORS COVID-19 caused the world to stop, but our mission did not! Our canceled season, resulting in no DCI summer tour …

Read More →
Scroll to Top

Want to Stay up to Date?

Sign up for our newsletter, the Knightly Newsbrief, to stay up to date with Ascend and all things Blue Knights.