What year(s) did you march in the Blue Knights?
6 years 2006-2011
What section? Colorguard
Where did you attend high school? I grew up in Piedmont, Oklahoma, and graduated from Piedmont High School. Education beyond high school? I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2012.
What is your current occupation?
I am a 5th grade Science, Social Studies, & STEM teacher in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma I also am the guard director at Purcell High School and most recently started a side business as a cookie artist.
Why did you choose to march with the Blue Knights?
I originally planned to audition for another corps only because I had a friend who marched there. Once I went to the camp, I almost instantly realized I was not a fan of their style and rehearsal etiquette. I thought I wasn’t going to march that summer until another friend talked me into trying out for BK. I auditioned late at April camp and ended up being offered an alternate position. I accepted, worked very hard, then was moved into a full-time position during all-days. I loved the family atmosphere and the rest is history!
What is your favorite drum corps memory?
After spending 6 years with the corps, there are truly too many to count! I love when random memories pop into my head and I get to tell my students about the stories and experiences. How have the Blue Knights impacted your life? I was always surrounded by such talented people, staff & members alike. There was something new to learn every day, whether it was a new skill, how to be a better leader, or how to teach more efficiently & effectively. I have taken these skills that I learned from others back home with me and use them not only when I teach guard but in my elementary classes as well.
What are some of the Blue Knights’ core values/principles that have resonated with you in life?
I marched during a span of years with some big staff changes. Several things would change in the corps throughout these years, but the high standard we held ourselves to and our perseverance as a corps never faltered even when times were difficult. I believe that this high standard is something I still aim to achieve in all I do.
What advice would you tell someone considering trying out for the Blue Knights?
You never know until you try! Go for it! Make new friends, and don’t be scared to ask for help! The staff wants to see you be a great, hardworking student with a positive attitude. And of course, have a blast while you’re there!
How would you like to see other Blue Knight alumni get involved in the organization?
I know we aren’t all able, but when you can volunteer if the corps is near you on tour. Visit rehearsals and go to performances to cheer on and meet the new members. Pass on your advice to anyone interested in marching in the future.
*Did you perform in the 2018 Alumni Corps and what was your favorite memory from our 60th Anniversary of the corps and the 25th Anniversary of BKPE?
Yes, I did! I absolutely loved being able to meet, make memories, and build friendships with other BK and OPE Alumni. My favorite memory is probably being able to spin with one of my former staff members, Roger Saint Vincent. I especially loved the moment when we got to share a hug mid-show.
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