Blue Knights 2018 Season Banquet Awards

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – On August 7th, the 2018 Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps hosted their Annual Awards Banquet at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis.

After the corps finished up a full day of rehearsal, the members and staff were released to get ready for the evening’s plans. Meanwhile the volunteers and cook staff were hard at work to provide a home-cooked meal for the corps that night.

Once the corps finished watching the 2018 slide show and enjoyed a delicious dinner, Mark Arnold, the Executive Director, welcomed all in attendance and thanked the numerous volunteers, drivers, admin, and staff who helped make the season possible. He also thanked the members of the corps for their hard work and dedication for the 2018 production, “The Fall and Rise”.

Following this, Mark then let the caption heads to present their section awards.

Color Guard Caption Awards:
– Best in section: Alina Kalani
– Rookie of the Year: Dylan Mazzarella
– Most improved: Brianna McGill
– Becky Brown: Landon Guinn

Front Ensemble Caption Awards:
– Best in section: Kyler Altenhof
– Rookie of the Year: Jake Martin
– Most Improved: John Dawson
– Dan Burke: Julian Davidson

Battery Caption Awards:
– Best in Section: John Strang
– Rookie of the Year: Nic Rundell
– Most Improved: Andrew Petrie

Visual Caption Awards: 
– Best in Section: Joseph Thomas
– Rookie of the Year: Selina Fernandez de Lara
– Most Improved: Hannah Brayfield

Brass Caption Awards:
– Best in Section: Jake Archibeque
– Rookie of the Year: Matthew Hixenbaugh
– Most Improved: Juan Rutiaga
– Tigue Boxwell: Chris Williams

Blue Knight of the Year: John Strang with Mark Arnold

Blue Knight of the Year: John Strang


Following the Caption Awards, Ricky Grasso and several other alumni in attendance helped
recognize the 44 age-outs who were apart of of the 2018 Blue Knights as their last year of their DCI marching career:

Lily Alexander (2018)
Lane Allbee (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Isha Bah (2018)
Jordan Barker (2016, 2017, 2018)
Hannah Barrett (2016, 2017, 2018)
Austin Bartlett (2018)
Josua Bauer (2018)
Elyssa Bell (2015, 2016, 2018)
Clayton Bradish-Moody (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Lynna Bray (2016, 2017, 2018)
Seth Brewster (2018)
Amanda Byers (2018)
Jessikah Cialone (2018)
Christian Cone (2017, 2018)
Trevor Cox (2018)
James Cuellar (2018)
Julian Davidson (2015, 2016, 2018)
Emily Donovan (2018)
Nat Duong (2018)
Glenn Ford (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)
Brayden George (2018)
Matthew Gomez (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Matthew Hixenbaugh (2018)
Elliott Humphrey (2018)
Logan Jayne (2018)
Alina Kalani (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Brysen Landry (2018)
Jonathan Lee (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Dylan Mazzarella (2018)
Anna Moake (2017, 2018)
Malia Odekirk (2018)
Alan Olmos (2018)
Andrew Petrie (2016, 2017, 2018)
Courtney Roubion (2018)
Dennis Sablan (2018)
Jacob Smith (2017, 2018)
John Strang (2016, 2017, 2018)
Hannah Tallo (2017, 2018)
Anita Totillo (2017, 2018)
Brooke Vissoc (2017, 2018)
Christopher Williams (2016, 2017, 2018)
Ashley Wood (2017, 2018)
Sean Ye (2018)

Check out more photos from the banquet and from the summer on the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps Facebook page.

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