Blue Knights Mourns Passing of Pat Amann

DENVER, CO – The Blue Knights and Ascend Performing Arts family is deeply saddened by the loss of former Blue Knights Instructor, Pat Amann.

On Tuesday, October 25th, Pat Amann, a beloved husband, father, son, and friend, unexpectedly passed away. He was 54. Born in Pueblo, Colorado, Pat was a lifelong musician, hunter, and outdoor enthusiast. He graduated from Pueblo South High School and later studied music at the University of Massachusetts. He is survived by his parents, his sister, his wife Katy, his daughter Anna, and his son Eli.

Pat was active in Drum Corps International (DCI) and Winter Guard International (WGI), having performed as a member of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from Casper, Wyoming, and later taught as a staff member and designer for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble in Denver, Colorado for nearly a decade from 1998 through 2007.

“Pat was a fierce competitor and a gentle soul,” said Mark Arnold, CEO of Ascend Performing Arts and former Executive Director of the Blue Knights ensembles. “He was a gracious friend to all his students and fellow staff.  Pat played a huge role in the development of the Blue Knights into the world-renowned ensembles we now are.  His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of the thousands of young people he taught, and by extension to the young people influenced by his students.”

A fundraiser has been started to support Pat’s family. Visit the Pat Amann Memorial & Family Support (gofundme.com) if you would like to help. Donations may also be made to the Blue Knights Scholarship Fund in Pat Amann’s memory at: https://www.coloradogives.org/organization/BlueKnights or you may send a check to: Ascend Performing Arts, 3538 Peoria Street, Suite 500, Aurora, CO 80010.

The family will be having a celebration of life service on Sunday, November 13th at 2pm at the Three Trees Chapel, located at 13416 W. Arbor Place, Littleton, CO 80127 (website). 

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