Blue Knights Announce Treffer Drum Major Scholarship

Jack R. TrefferDENVER, CO – Ascend Performing Arts, home of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, is honored to be chosen to administer the Jack R. Treffer Memorial Scholarship.

Jack R. Treffer passed away on July 15, 2016. Drum and bugle corps was so important to him that his family decided that the best way to honor him was to give back to the activity that he loved so much. A memorial scholarship fund has been started with the intent that each year a Drum Major with the Blue Knights receive assistance in the amount of at least $500. The Blue Knights were chosen because they are the only remaining member of the Great Plains Drum and Bugle Corps Association and a shining example of the drum corps activity.

Jack was born in the small town of Rockville, Nebraska on December, 21 1937. From an early age he was a music lover playing the piano, organ and percussion. He found a real passion for the marching arts while attending high school in Rockville where he played snare drum and was also the Drum Major.

He married Florence in September of 1959 and they welcomed their first child Cindy the following year. In the fall of 1962 they moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where Jack was a well-respected member of the printing community until his retirement in 2001.

Not long after he had moved to Lincoln, Jack joined the Admirals Drum and Bugle Corps (sponsored by American Legion Post 3) as a snare drummer. In 1963, he made the move to Drum Major, a position that he held until 1969 when the Admirals folded. During that time the drum corps traveled throughout the Midwest performing in parades and competitions including several American Legion National Championships.

In 1970, Jack and some of the other former Senior Corps members started the Young Admirals Junior Drum and Bugle Corps. The Young Admirals were also sponsored by American Legion Post 3. They were a part of the Great Plains Drum and Bugle Corps Association along with the Blue Knights, Silver Sabers, Sky Riders, and Argonne Rebels. Jack was a co-director, drill writer, and instructor. Unfortunately the Young Admirals folded in 1982 but Jack’s love for the activity never stopped. His family had grown over the years with the addition of a son Randy who played snare for the Young Admirals, and a daughter Candice who played the flute in her high school marching band. The Treffer family often spent their summers traveling to drum corps shows together.

The music and marching arts also rubbed off on Jack and Florence’s grandchildren. Their grandsons, Josh and Adam, began attending Drum Corps International (DCI) shows at an early age and Adam played the trumpet through high school. Granddaughters Christina and Jessica both marched with the Round Rock High School marching band. Jessica is an accomplished clarinet player studying music performance and Christina is pursuing a career in special education. In addition to her high school color guard experience, Christina has been a member of the Blue Knights and Spirit of Atlanta completing four summer tours. She is also a member of the Black Gold Winter Guard.

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Contributions to the Jack R. Treffer Memorial Scholarship will go towards building an Endowment Fund to provide an annual scholarship for a Blue Knights Drum Major. All donations are 100% tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


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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

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