Blue Knights Winds

Blue Knights Winds – 2019 WGI Winds Independent Open Silver Medalist

 


Experience and Auditions

Thank you for your interest in Blue Knights Winds!  We are honored that you are considering auditioning with us as we embark into the 2020 Winter Guard International and Rocky Mountain Percussion Association season. Click below to register for the upcoming Auditions or submit a video audition!

  • Sept. 8 – Englewood High School (BKXperience)
  • Sept. 22 – Englewood High School (BKXperience)
  • Nov. 10 – Location TBD. (Audition)
  • Nov. 17 – Location TBD. (Audition)

Current dates are for brass and woodwinds only. Information for Dance/Rhythm will be finalized soon!

3-STEP PROCESS:

  1. Complete the registration form below first and then…
  2. Pay for your BKXperience event you plan on attending second.  
  3. Pay for your ONE-TIME Blue Knights Winds Admin Fee (for all participants of BKXperience-Audition clinics) to get audition materials third.

(NOTE: The links to BKXperience event payment is below the registration form!)  

Step 1:

Complete the form below

Steps 2 and 3:

Click the button below (opens a new page) to visit the BK Marketplace and pay for your your selected event(s) and the one-time Admin Fee:

If you have any questions, please contact the office at: Education@AscendPerformingArts.org


Staff

Admin:

Abraham Eng – Program Director (abe.eng@ascendperformingarts.org)
Ethan Goddard – Ensemble Manager (ethan.goddard@ascendperformingarts.org)
Jeff DesMarteau – Staff Coordinator (jeff.desmarteau@ascendperformingarts.org)

Design:

Abraham Eng – Program Director
Robbie Billings – Visual Designer
Jordan Stern – Music Arranger

Caption Heads:

Jeff DesMarteau
Thomas Kober

*Additional Instructional Staff are To Be Announced!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions, please contact Ethan, BKW Ensemble Manager,
at Ethan.Goddard@AscendPerformingArts.org or 303-777-1937.

There are many volunteer opportunities within the Blue Knights Winds during
our competitive season! Visit our Volunteer page to see all our needs or
email our Volunteer Coordinator at Volunteer@AscendPerformingArts.org for more information regarding help.

Although attending one of our experience camps and auditions gives us the best opportunity to evaluate your talents, we do accept video auditions under certain circumstances. Please contact us directly if you are interested in this option.

Membership tuition is important to cover our operating costs (facility use, instruction,
equipment) as well as expenses associated with attending Winter Guard International
Championships. Tuition information specifics are communicated to members prior to receiving a membership contract and can vary year-to-year based on ensemble size and other factors. A small number of scholarships are available to members who have financial need in order to help offset costs.

The Blue Knights Winds compete locally in Independent class with the Rocky Mountain
Percussion Association and with Winter Guard International. Performances are typically
held on weekends. The ensemble also travels annually to compete in the WGI Winds
World Championships, which are held mid-April.

The Blue Knights Winds rehearse exclusively on weekends from November to mid-April
in the greater Denver area following auditions. Rehearsals are mandatory and typically
include part of the day Saturday and most of Sunday.

The audition process is one of hand on instruction. Occasionally auditionees may be asked to prepare a short performance piece. We evaluate potential members based on their musical and visual abilities as well as their overall attitude and previous experience in the pageantry arts.

Membership in Blue Knights Winds is open to all ages and is determined by auditions
held each fall. It is expected that members be able to handle the physical demands of
performing an athletically challenging 8-minute production. Our ensemble is not
affiliated with any particular school or district. Most of our members live in Colorado,
but we do occasionally have performers who reside out of state (provided they are still
able to attend most rehearsals).

Our typical instrumentation includes flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet,
mellophone, baritone, and tuba. We are also interested in utilizing members for a rhythm
section (drum set, auxiliary percussion, synthesizer, and guitar/bass) as well as a dance
ensemble.

Submit an “Interest Form” to get the latest updates on this new Blue Knights ensemble here!
Keep checking BKWinds.org and www.facebook.com/BlueKnightsWinds for more information and updates as we will put more information there over the coming months.
Also, join our Blue Knights Winds Interest Group on Facebook to join the conversation and ask questions here: www.facebook.com/groups/2019BlueKnightsWindsInterest

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