Blue Knights 2020 Tour Schedule

UPDATE 3/12/20: The Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps is continuing to plan for the upcoming 2020 Drum Corps International Season (read DCI’s statement here).
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– I Go On

 


DENVER, CO – The Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps summer national tour has been set. The road to become a Blue Knight started back in the fall of last season where over 1,300 prospective performers from around the United States vied for a chance to be among the world’s elite at the BKXperience Camps (learn more). In the winter and early spring, those prospective members who demonstrated the desired qualities–Attitude, Attendance, Financial Responsibility, Health and Performing Ability–were contracted as members due to their strong commitment and desire to perform as a member of the Blue Knights.

As Memorial Day arrives, the Blue Knights will begin their long 12-hour daily rehearsals to develop their show and prepare for the summer national tour. After three weeks of “all-days” training, the 154 Blue Knights performers will depart for a grueling 2½ month tour featuring over 30 performances in 20 states. Blue Knights performers will sleep on buses and gym floors as they trek from city to city, and a crew of volunteers operate large, rolling kitchens out of semi-truck trailers to feed the caravans. The Blue Knights will travel with close to 200 people in 4 coach busses, 2 tractor-trailer semi-trucks, 2 admin vans, and 1 motor home.

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Mail Drops

MAIL DROPS ARE TBD

 

Tour Dates

Tour Schedule

 

The DCI Summer Tour

Formerly called the “Summer Music Games,” the Drum Corps International Tour is a series of more than 100 drum corps competitions that take place across the country during June, July, and August. These competitions are of two varieties: events Drum Corps International produces (Premier Events) and events sanctioned through DCI’s national network of Tour Event Partners (Tour Events).

DCI creates the tour schedule, and drum corps are assigned to events based on availability and travel and logistical issues. Drum corps travel to the competitions and rehearse and prepare as they make their way between events. The intensive educational and social characteristics of the tour are a key aspect of the DCI experience that differentiates drum corps from scholastic marching band. From the perspective of many students, the tour IS the essence of the drum corps activity.

The summer national tour will culminate with the Drum Corps International World Championships, held the second week in August. As dozens of drum corps converge on the World Championships, the World Class ensembles engage in a series of three competitions to establish their final ranking. The top twelve scoring groups in the Semi-Finals qualify for the DCI Finals, which is the most elite stage in marching music. At DCI Finals competition, the Blue Knights put on their best performance of the season in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Read more here.

∴ Get your tickets to:
Corps Encore
Drums Along the Rockies
Drums Along the Rockies-Boise

∴ Plan on attending a DCI World Championships show and get your tickets here!

 

∴ More information about mail drops and all-days locations coming soon!

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Ken Adams

KEN ADAMS

Mark Arnold is one of the longest-serving Directors in Drum Corps International, serving as Executive Director of the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps since 1985 and as CEO of Ascend Performing Arts since 2010.

Under his leadership the Blue Knights organization has developed into one of the premier Drum and Bugle Corps in the history of the activity, recognized Internationally for excellence and innovation in the performing arts. Through the years the Blue Knights has expanded its programing and now serves thousands of young musicians and performers annually in multiple performing ensembles, events and educational programs under the umbrella of the Ascend Performing Arts.

In addition to shaping the course of Ascend Performing Arts, Mark also has played an integral role in the ongoing development and successes of Drum Corps International as a collective. He served as chairman of the DCI Board of Directors in 1994 and again from 2008 to 2013. Mark was honored as Corps Director of the Year in 2004, and was the inaugural recipient of the George Bonfiglio Chairman’s Award at the 2012 DCI World Championships, which is given to an individual each year who demonstrates extraordinary leadership and service on behalf of DCI and its performing drum corps.  Mark was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Blue Knights Hall of Fame in 2019.

Prior to his position with the Blue Knights, Mark was the Assistant Director of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from 1978 through 1983, serving alongside Director Jim Jones, one of the founders of Drum Corps International and an inaugural member of the DCI Hall of Fame.  Mr. Arnold has a degree in Music Education from the University of Wyoming and taught High School Music in Wyoming and Nebraska from 1979 through 1985.
Mark Arnold

MARK ARNOLD

Scott Factor has served on the Ascend Performing Arts Board from 2012 to 2018 as a voting member in various positions including Vice-Chairman. Since 2019 my role has been in an Advisory position.

Outside of Ascend Performing Arts i am Senior Account Executive for Baxter HealthCare.
Scott Factor

SCOTT FACTOR

I am currently an Ascend Board Member-at-Large.  I have been a volunteer with the Blue Knights since 2013.  I have been serving on the BoD since 2019.  I retired from the United States Postal Service in 2010.  Although I have never marched drum corps I am an avid fan of the activity and thoroughly support our members in any way that I can.  “We Go On”!!! 

Neil Corvino

NEIL CORVINO

Board member Kathy Black is an attorney in New Mexico practicing as a full-time litigator focused on employment and civil rights defense. She came to the law as a second career after twenty-five years in high tech with NCR Corporation, doing everything from operating systems programming to Vice President positions in engineering, customer services, and sales. She earned her JD from Lewis & Clark Law School and her BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Ms. Black is active as a percussionist in the Albuquerque area. Way back in 1978 she marched with the Guardsmen, including at DCI Finals in Denver.  After many years of being just a drum corps fan, she was elected to the Drum Corps International Board of Directors in January 2016 and served on that board until January 2022, including three years as chair. 

Kathy Black

KATHY BLACK

Bryant’s path to the Ascend Board of Directors, which began in 2021 as a member-at-large, traces back to his childhood. Watching the Reading Buccaneers senior drum corps practice near his grandparents’ home ignited a lifelong passion, and a student of all thing’s percussion.

Years later a family move to Colorado provided Bryant with a platform to display his passion, both on the stage with the nationally acclaimed Green Earth Percussion Ensemble and on the field as a snare drummer with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps until his age-out year in 1984.

In his professional career as the Senior Director of Strategic Accounts at Yokohama Tire Co., Bryant credits the principles instilled by the marching arts and years on tour for his success. On a personal level, the arts played an even larger role, where Bryant met his wife, Stephanie. The Rankin’s currently make their home in South Carolina, enjoying time with their grown children, two incredible grandchildren, and their beloved brown lab, Zoey.
Bryant Rankin

BRYANT RANKIN

Retired, Director, Office of Research and Analysis, Colorado Department of Revenue Ms. Archibeque served 26 years in the area of statistical analysis for the Colorado Department of Revenue and Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Her skills in this area assist the board in developing a strategy for statistical analysis in the area of program evaluation. She has also been a significant volunteer managing and working with volunteers for the organization and will assist the board in understanding the complex nature of the organization. Her personal experiences as a minority and female can inform and promote a more inclusive environment and agenda for the projects that the board supports.

Janet Archibeque

JANET ARCHIBEQUE

Rob Batchelder was appointed to the Ascend Performing Arts Board of Directors in May 2023, and currently serves as Vice Chair. As a member of the Senior Foreign Service, Rob has represented the United States overseas in India, Poland, Germany, Argentina, Nicaragua, Jamaica, and Namibia during a diplomatic career spanning nearly 30 years. He currently serves as Managing Director for Visa Services in the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington, DC. Rob marched in the Blue Knights hornline in 1987 and 1988, and he was Drum Major in 1989. He and his family live in Alexandria, Virginia, but his heart still yearns for Colorado.

Rob Batchelder

Rob BATCHELDER