Blue Knights Announce Color Guard Leadership for 2020 Season

DENVER – The Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps has a long history of innovative design and musically driven programing. We are a drum corps unafraid to take risk in creating an environment where our members thrive as they create the unique Blue Knights’ “voice”.

From the likes of George Zingali, Jim Prime, Ralph Hardimon, Rob Billings, Marc Sylvester, Mike Jackson, Kevin Shah, Tommy Keenum, Jay Murphy and Jay Bocook, the Blue Knights have always attracted the most forward thinking and creative minds in the activity to join our members in bringing our voice to life. These are individuals who take artistic risks. Our culture encourages this, and in 2020 the Blue Knights will continue to build upon this enduring principle.

Today we highlight our Color Guard Designers and Color Guard Caption leadership.

Jaycee Wilson will return as the Color Guard Caption Head and Designer for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps. Jaycee comes from California’s Central Valley, and is now located in Salt Lake City, Utah. He began his marching arts career playing the clarinet in elementary school, which he still plays today. Jaycee found his passion for color guard while attending Clovis High School in 2004, and since then has marched with the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps Color Guard from 2006 to 2010, Rhapsody Independent from 2005, 2007 to 2008, and Imbue Winterguard from 2009 to 2013.

Jaycee served as the Assistant Caption Head and Lead Technician at Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps from 2014 to 2017, and has designed for many other programs across the United States such as Clovis West HS, Clovis North HS, and American Fork HS.

Currently, Jaycee is the Color Guard Caption Head and Choreographer for the Blue Knights
Drum & Bugle Corps since 2019, Staging/Drill Designer, Choreographer, and Instructor for
Imbue Winterguard since 2010, Staging/Drill Designer for American Fork Winter Guard since 2015, and Staging/Drill Designer for Wasatch Independent since 2015.

Tommy Keenum will return as a Program Consultant for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps. He helps coordinate their visual and musical presentation and is also responsible for uniform, costume, flag design and production in partnership with The Band Hall.

Tommy graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington where he received his BA in music. He was drum major of the marching band and an all-state saxophonist in high school. He was in the rifle line of the 1983 Sky Ryders as well as Odyssey winter guard in 1983 and 1984.

Tommy is also an accomplished singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who splits his time between heading the design department at The Band Hall and performing across the country as a solo artist and side man for many top acts. His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including a grammy award nominee and he is a past winner of the Billboard International Songwriting Competition.

In his thirty plus years in the pageantry arts Tommy helped design beloved shows for numerous groups including The Sky Ryders, The Cadets, Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, Carolina Crown, and currently the Blue Knights. He helped create shows for numerous winter programs including Odyssey, Final Analysis, Forte, Blue Devils, Crestview HS, Chimeras, Pride of Cincinnati, Carmel HS, Center Grove HS, Music City Mystique, and Aimachi color guard and percussion. He lives in Nashville Tennessee.

Jay Murphy will also be assisting in color guard design for the Blue Knights as part of his role in overall visual design.

Return each day to AscendPerformingArts.org this week for more announcements on the Blue Knights team.


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