Blue Knights Anniversary Alumni Performance & Celebration Details in 2018

DENVER, CO – We are very excited to announce the participation information for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps’ 60th/Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble’s 25th Anniversary Celebration! The weekend of events happening at Drums Along the Rockies (DATR) on July  14th, 2018 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO that promises to be filled with fun, laughter, and lots of great reminiscing with friends and family.

The Blue Knights Alumni Performance is available to past members of the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble (World and Open), Blue Knights Winter Brass, The Stampede Drumline, Broncos Brass, Opus X Winter Guard, Oracle Winter Guard, Blue Knights-Taiwan and Blue Knights-Bahrain performers. Available sections will be Bb/F marching brass (trumpet, mellophone, baritone, tuba), battery percussion (snare, tenors, bass, cymbals, and front ensemble), and color guard (flags and rifles).

Alumni who are unable or choose not to perform with the brass, percussion or color guard can still be part of the performance by joining the American Flag Color Guard detail (all performance fees still apply).

The Anniversary Party is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend with a ticket!

To be a part of the first Blue Knights Alumni Corps, participants will need to pay the performance fee of $200 by no later than November 30th, 2017 December 31st, 2017! Want to join? Contact Alex at Alumni@AscendPerformingArts.org.

Performance Fee includes:

  • Lunch on rehearsal days during DATR 2018 week
  • Blue Knights Alumni Polo Shirt & Khaki Pants for performance. Measurements necessary for registration (performers will supply their own black shoes (brass & percussion), or black leggings and shoes (color guard)
  • Ticket to Drums Along the Rockies show
  • Ascend Performing Arts Alumni Association 2018 Membership
  • Ticket to Anniversary Party
  • SmartMusic subscription with access to warm-up and show material

We are also offering additional add-ons to help remember the event and to have your family and friends join in on the fun:

  • Special Alumni VIP Package – $40
    • Includes Barbecue Dinner before show, Blue Knights Alumni Sticker, Blue Knights Alumni Shirt
  • Blue Knights Age-Out Dog Tags (for BK age-outs only) (link) – $15
  • Performance Flag – $40
    • One of the actual silks used in performance (limited number available)
  • Additional Ticket to Anniversary Party – $50 each
  • Additional Drums Along the Rockies tickets for guests – To Be Determined
  • Additional Lunch Tickets for guests – $15 each

If you are unable to be part of the performance or choose not to be in the performance, you are still welcome to join in the festivities by purchasing the add-on options. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Please contact alumni@ascendperformingarts.org for more!

Options can be purchased up until May 31st, 2018.

The performance will consist of medleys of Blue Knights’ “greatest hits” including but not limited to:

  • Trittico
  • Chaconne from First Suite in E Flat
  • Savannah River Holiday
  • I Go On
  • A BKPE Percussion Piece
  • …and more!
  • Followed by a special combined performance of Can’t Take My Eyes Off You with the 2018 Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps

Preparation will involved the following:

  • Warm-up, practice, and performance material available in the Fall of 2017
  • Local sectional rehearsals on a monthly basis (currently in Colorado and Utah and planning more locations!)
  • Music will be available on SmartMusic or via email upon request
  • Color Guard work will be distributed via YouTube video in the Fall of 2017
  • Minimal drill involving field entry and several stand & play sets will be taught during rehearsal days prior to 2018 DATR performance.
    • Rehearsals will take place from Wednesday, July 11th to Saturday, July 14th, 2018 in Denver, CO

Rehearsals:

  • Wednesday, July 11th: Evening rehearsal starts at 5pm to 9pm at D’Evelyn High School. All traveling alumni should be into Denver by 2pm MST at the latest
  • Thursday July, 12th: Full day of rehearsal, from 8am to 8pm at D’Evelyn High School
  • Friday, July 13th:
    • 8:00am – 4pm: Rehearsal at Englewood High School
    • 6:30pm – 11pm: Anniversary Celebration Party At DoubleTree Hilton at Denver Tech Center
  • Saturday, July 14th:
    • 10am-2pm: Rehearsal at Englewood High School
    • 2pm-5:30: “EPL” – Including eating, going back to your accommodations, and cleaning up
    • 6pm: Arrive at stadium via bus, lightrail, or on your own (put equipment in designated area and go to seats)
    • 8pm (after 4th corps): Leave stadium as group – access equipment
    • 8:15pm: Walk to lot for warm-up
    • 8:30pm: Begin Lot
    • 9pm: End Lot
    • 9:15pm: Arrive in tunnel
    • 9:30pm: Go into end zone seating to watch 2018 BK
    • 10:05pm: OTL
    • 10:10pm: Perform

Note: Drill will be easy enough for all participants and accommodations will be made for those who want to play but are unable to march. 

Registration and Deadlines:

  • November 30th, 2017 December 31st, 2017 – Deadline to register/pay to participate. Request a late entry: Alumni@AscendPerformingArts.org
  • Payment plan is also available, a $100 payment by December 31st, 2017 and a second $100 payment by January 31st, 2017 (The first payment reserves your spot in the Alumni Performance).

Join the Blue Knights Alumni Corps Facebook page to be a part of the discussion.

All questions should be asked through our event Facebook page (here) or email alumni@ascendperformingarts.org.

We look forward to welcoming Blue Knights Alumni from all over the world to celebrate 60 years of tradition, success and lifelong friends!

Register Now!


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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

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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.

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Scott Factor

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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”!!! 

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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.
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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.

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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.

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