Ascend Announces New Director of Communications

DENVER, CO – Ascend Performing Arts is pleased to continue its staffing announcements for 2019. We would like to introduce, Tony Villalobos-May, as the Director of Communications.

“Tony is a creative, detail-oriented communications professional with more than four years of experience with Ascend and the Blue Knights,” said Mark Arnold, Executive Director for Ascend Performing Arts. “He has proven himself as a Media Coordinator on our Blue Knights Media Team the past three years which makes him a natural selection for this position of greater responsibility!”

Tony is from Loveland, Colorado and is currently living in Fort Collins, Colorado where he is attending school at Colorado State University.

He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Communications concentrating in Photojournalism with a minor in Music, Stage, and Sports Production. Tony is currently a Photography Intern at Kroenke Sports and Entertainment,  where he helps photograph the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Mammoth teams. He is also the former Photography Director for The Rocky Mountain Collegian newspaper, and a previous team photographer for the Colorado Eagles Hockey Team. He also works as a freelance photojournalist for several local newspapers.

Tony started in music when he marched for the Loveland High School Crimson Regiment marching band. Tony has continued his time in music  through membership as a sousaphone player for the CSU Marching Band and the CSU Pep Bands, as well as his time with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national men’s music fraternity. In the music world, Tony has shot concerts, DCI, WGI, charity events and has been a contributor Halftime MagazineMusic and Marching Magazine and “Humans of Drum Corps”.

Tony toured with the Blue Knights Drums & Bugle Corps for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 summer seasons, worked as a Media Producer for Ascend Performing Arts during the off season, and traveled to Bahrain with the Blue Knights as one of their contra players in the Blue Knights-Bahrain ensemble and again with the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble on their trip to WGI Finals in 2018 as a photographer. He is incredibly excited to continue working with Ascend Performing Arts and the Blue Knights for the upcoming season.

“I am thrilled to continue being a part of the Blue Knights family!” said Tony. “The Blue Knights and Ascend have been a large part of my life since becoming involved, and I am excited to start this next adventure with a great community.”