DENVER, CO – Ascend Performing Arts is pleased to announce the Blue Knights Hall of Fame class of 2023.
The Hall of Fame was created to preserve the memory of the incredible people who have made a substantial, positive impact to the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps and who can serve as role models for present and future generations. The Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding alumni, educational staff, administrative staff, and volunteers who have contributed significantly to the organization.
Doug Kelley’s decades-long involvement with the Blue Knights reaches back to the early 1980’s where few alumni have had the year-after-year impact he had. After graduating from Northglenn High School, Doug joined the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps as the captain of the bass drum line in the winter of 1980. He marched for three years from 1981 through 1983. Due to his past bus driving experience, Doug drove the color guard bus during the 1982 and 1983 seasons. To date, he is the only “member bus driver” in the history of the Blue Knights!
After his age-out season, Doug went on to support the Blue Knights and its different mission areas. He has volunteered at Blue Knights Bingo since 1981 helping support the drum corps’ fundraising efforts. In addition, he helped open the current Blue Knights Bingo location in Arvada, and still serves as a certified games manager and part of the management team. He also ran the Rocky Mountain Color Guard Association (RMCGA) bingo game in Arvada when Opus 10 was part of the Blue Knights in the early 2000’s.
Doug has also been a leader with Ascend Performing Arts’ events. He was a founding member of the Drums Along the Rockies Committee in 1985 (and remains the Chairperson today). He has helped manage the Drums Along the Rockies show starting in 1984 and has worked every year since as Assistant Operations Manager and Operations Manager. He became the Events Director with the passing of fellow Blue Knights Hall of Famer, George Lindstrom in 2021. In addition, Doug has also managed other Ascend Performing Arts events such as Corps Encore in Ogden, UT, and Drums Along the Sandias in Albuquerque, NM.
Closer to home, Doug worked with fellow Blue Knights Hall of Famer, Dan Burke, as operations managers for the new Friendship Cup High School Marching Competitions in 2012 serving 24 high school bands in Colorado. He was promoted to Event Director for the Friendship Cup in 2016. Doug even played a key role in the Blue Knights hosting the 2004 Drum Corps International World Championships in Denver where he also served as the local housing manager for 51 drum corps.
Doug’s involvement also positively impacted the Winter Guard International (WGI) community. Through the years, Doug has supported the Rocky Mountain Percussion Association (RMPA) and the Rocky Mountain Color Guard (RMCGA) circuits at location competitions and board meetings. He even worked with George & Lynn Lindstrom, the RMPA and RMCGA leadership teams to host several shows by the Blue Knights to help bolster color guard and indoor percussion in the Rocky Mountain Region. Today in 2023, the number of RMPA and RMCGA performing ensembles have significantly increased in number and competitiveness because of his dedication and hard work.
Finally, Doug has been a member of the Ascend Performing Arts Board of Directors for over 20 years since the late 1990s. He has even served in leadership roles such as Board Secretary, Vice Chair, and Board Liaison to the Blue Knights Alumni Association for the past 10 years. Doug continues to be a leader in the Ascend Performing Arts organization as the Events Director for all of Ascend’s events. Doug continues to make the performing arts community stronger every year with his dedication to ensuring our events are run at the highest levels in the country to the benefit of tens of thousands annually.
Nominated by: Blue Knights Hall of Famer, Gregory “GM” Kuzma
Amy Lueb carries the spirit of the Blue Knights with her and has used the drive and hard work that she developed during her time with the Blue Knights to positively impact the lives of those around her. Amy became a Blue Knight in 1992 as a color guard performer at the young age of 15. Amy continued to perform with the Blue Knights for 8 years until her age-out in 1999.
During her time as a performer, Amy stood out as a leader in the drum corps. Over the past 31 years, Amy has been a color guard performer, color guard captain, drum major, camp volunteer, office administrator, and a financial contributor to Ascend Performing Arts. She taught spin, rifle, and dance to the Boulder Fairview Color Guard from 1995 to 2010. Amy led her color guard students through 15 years of successful seasons and a lifetime of positive and nurturing memories.
When Amy’s teaching days came to an end, she continued to give back to the color guard activity with Winter Guard International (WGI) where she has spent the last 20 years judging winter guards. For the last 10 of those years, Amy also served as a color guard judge for the Colorado Bandmasters Association (CBA) where she continues to emphasize the quality, skill, and dedication to the marching arts that she learned with the Blue Knights. Amy personifies the Blue Knights spirit and continues to give her time and talent in a variety of areas in the performing arts community in Colorado.
Nominated by: Blue Knights Alumni, Diane Guerrero-Even, Karen Shaw-Kitto, Jennifer Hanson-Korb, & Cristy DeChant-Hamilton
Harvey Pierre’s memory continues to demonstrate the Blue Knights values of humanitarianism, dedication, and opportunity.
Harvey began driving tractor trailer for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps in the summer 1999. With his welcoming personality and his infectious smile, he quickly became a member of the Blue Knights family for the next 20 years.
As a vehicle driver for the Blue Knights, Harvey safely traversed over 10,000 miles across the country each year with the lives of the Blue Knights in his hands. He was always thrilled at the opportunity to get the drum corps and their equipment onto the field for performances and could be found on the 50 yard line cheering on the Blue Knights nights, night after night during the Drum Corps International (DCI) summer national tours.
Harvey encouraged the people he worked with to enjoy the day, no matter how hard it got on the road, and to care for our fellow community members. Many Blue Knights credit their own successes because of his natural ability to inspire and motivate all of us.
In 2018, Harvey was diagnosed with cancer and spent his last tour driving with the Blue Knights. He passed away shortly after the summer national tour concluded. He literally spent his last healthy days with the drum corps he loved and who loved him.
Nominated by: Blue Knights Hall of Fame Committee
Kenny Ward has been a steady force and reliable staff member for over 34 years. While working for the Jefferson County School District driving a school bus, he applied to be a tractor trailer driver for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps in 1989.
After an interview with then Blue Knights executive director, Mark Arnold, Kenny was hired to drive the bus for the horn line. He then transitioned to driving one of several semi-trucks that traveled with the Blue Knights convoy. Kenny was someone the Blue Knights could always count on to ensure that the Blue Knights transportation convoy always traveled safely and followed federal guidelines. In addition to his outstanding service record, Kenny recruited more drivers for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps and Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble.
Kenny also served in the United States Army as a Master Sergeant where he was in charge of the National Guard staffing at Regional Airports in Colorado. He served during 9/11 and was one of 14 that completed guerrilla warfare training in Panama.
Kenny’s steady leadership in the area of transportation, concern for the safety of all, and devotion to the organization, especially for the members, has been a prime example of what the Blue Knights are all about.
Nominated by: Blue Knights Hall of Famer, Thelma Fung