Blue Knights Announce 2018 Show: The Fall and Rise

DENVER, CO – The Blue Knights are pleased to present their show program for the 2018 Drum Corps International summer national tour: “The Fall and Rise”.

The Egyptian pantheon is known for its beautiful and evocative stories explaining the mysteries of the universe. The Blue Knights are using the most famous of these myths as the inspiration for their 2018 program “The Fall and Rise”. In keeping with their flair for the unexpected, Blue Knights’ program alludes to the journey of the sun god Ra as a springboard to go deeper and explore the invincible human spirit. When faced with the terrifying unknown it is ritual that connects us. When we are in our darkest hours it is hope that keeps us moving forward and above all it is our connection to each other that sustains us until the light returns

Musical Selections

“Sun King” – by Beatles

“The Rite of Spring” – by Igor Stravinsky

“Exit Music for a Film” – by Radiohead

∴ “Welcome to the Machine” – by Pink Floyd

“Time After Time” – by Cyndi Lauper/Robert Hyman

 

The Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps is proud to partner with Jupiter Band Instruments and Majestic Percussion. Working under a philosophy to support music education and community since 1930, Jupiter’s parent company, KHS Musical Instruments Co., Ltd., has become one of the largest musical instrument producers in the world today. Vic Firth, Remo and Zildjian will also play a role with the Blue Knights with the percussion section.

The ensemble will also continue its partnership with Winter Guard Tarps that provides quality digital printing for digital flags, backdrops, floor tarps, and uniforms as the official digital print partner for the Blue Knights. In addition, the Blue Knights utilizes The Band Hall for their uniform needs. Directors Showcase International (DSI) will be a key partner with their support of shoes, color guard equipment, gloves and band supplies for the Blue Knights. Pageantry Innovations is a proud sponsor of the Blue Knights with their support of props, pit carts and more. The horn line will utilize Pickett Brass mouthpieces for the the inaugural season.


Graphics

Click on the pictures below to get your 2018 Blue Knights themed graphic for your social media page! Be sure to follow the Blue Knights this season by visiting Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

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Pre-Order your 2018 Blue Knights Show Shirts

Be the coolest looking Blue Knight Fan with the 2018 show shirt!

 

Get the Fall and Rise merchandise which will be available in our BKMarketplace.org online store for pre-order. These shirts will ship in June.

Click the button below to pre-order today to be the first in #BKNation to show off this shirt.


See the Blue Knights this Summer!

Watch the Blue Knights perform “The Fall and Rise” this summer at the following venues:

∴ July 11th Corps Encore

∴ July 14th Drums Along the Rockies

∴ July 21st DCI Southwestern Championships

∴ August 10th – 11th DCI World Championships


About the Blue Knights

Since 1958, the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps has established itself as one of the elite groups of its kind in the world. A perennial Drum Corps International finalist, the Blue Knights are renowned in the activity for excellence in symphonic music, intricate visual choreography, and an unwavering commitment to innovation.

The Blue Knights are an integral part of Ascend Performing Arts’ educational outreach programs such as the BKXperience clinics, Spark! Ideas Conference, Mile High Drum & Percussion Festival, and the Mile High Guard Festival. Ascend Performing Arts elevates life performance through the Blue Knights Ensembles, Show Events, Entertainment Performances, and Education Clinics.

The Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization sponsored by Ascend Performing Arts.


 

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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