Alumni Spotlight: Rebecca Coffee

Blue Knights Alum, Rebecca Coffee, recently graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and completed her student teaching at Legend High School under the guidance of Mr. Orlando Otis.

We took a few moments with this remarkable alumni to ask her some questions:

Rebecca with Orlando Otis
What year(s) did you march in the Blue Knights?

2010

What section?

Trumpet!

Where did you attend high school?

I attended Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch, CO.

Education beyond high school?

I recently graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, where I pursued music education.

Why did you choose to march with Blue Knights?

I chose to march Blue Knights because I had grown up watching them and wanted to become a part of this great group that so close to home!

What is your favorite drum corps memory?

The memory that stands out the most is our free day in Seaside, Oregon…watching the fireworks on the beach with the whole drum corps!  

How did your experience with Blue Knights benefit you as an upcoming educator?

My experience really helped to understand how to relate to different people, and it helped my work ethic, which I am able to pass along to my students. In addition, I learned how to become a much better musician and marcher.  

You were named the “Outstanding Student Teacher” at CMEA a few weeks ago. What has your student teaching experience been like?

My time in student teaching was SO incredible! I had the opportunity to work with wonderfully talented students at Legend High School, and I learned so much under Mr. Orlando Otis. I feel very lucky to have been a part of their highest scoring season, where they ended up finishing fourth at the state marching band competition! Although there were many long weeknights and marching competitions nearly every weekend, I really wouldn’t change a thing.

What area/age range of education are you looking to get into and what do you hope to accomplish as you begin your teaching career?

I feel that I’m really prepared for anything, though I would love to teach high school and have a marching and concert band program of my own.

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

Just go and have fun. Try to take something away from it every day that you’re there!


 ∴ Want to be featured in a future Alumni Spotlight? Fill out the Alumni Update form here or email: Alumni@AscendPerformingArts.org

Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
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 →
119910222_603363907025708_5814314054862170030_n

Alumni Spotlight: Jacob Rodriguez

I marched in the Blue Knights baritone/euphonium section from 2015 to 2017 and have been teaching on the Brass Staff since 2018. Before this, I …

Read More →
C7435017-9EA9-4DD7-A641-3E2E4717ADEC

Alumni Spotlight: Nick Soden

What year(s) did you march in the Blue Knights? I marched Blue Knights in 2014 and 2016 What section?  Front Ensemble Where did you attend …

Read More →
2020-virtual-camp-APA-site-post

Blue Knights Announce Virtual Leadership Camp

DENVER, CO – The Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps is excited to announce a Virtual Leadership Camp on July 18 & 19! The virtual …

Read More →
BK Hall Of Fame revisited 2

Blue Knights Announce 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees

DENVER, CO – Ascend Performing Arts is excited to announce the Blue Knights Hall of Fame class of 2020. The Hall of Fame was created …

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.