Blue Knights Winds
UPDATE 3/12/20: The Blue Knights Winds has stopped their season as WGI (here) and RMPA (here) canceled their seasons in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (here) guidance as the health & safety of our members & staff are our #1 priority.
We are evaluating the situation daily to determine when we may be able to perform a final performance for our family and friends. Follow us on Facebook (here), Instagram (here), and Twitter (here) to get the latest.
Thank you for everyone’s support of the Blue Knights!
– Blue Knights Winds
Blue Knights Winds – 2019 WGI Winds Independent Open Silver Medalist
2020 Show: “Spy Games”
NOTE: RMPA & WGI Shows after 3/12/20 have been canceled for the season.
Abraham Eng – Program Coordinator
Robbie Billings – Visual Designer
Jordan Stern – Music Arranger
Thomas Kober – Music Caption Head
Louie Lugo – Assistant Music Caption Head
Joe Hills – Rhythm and Electronics Specialist
Mark Wolocki – Music Instructor
Brandon Day – Music Instructor
Jake Archibeque – Music Instructor
Jeff DesMarteau – Visual Caption Head
Russ Carroll – Movement Specialist
Lane Albee – Visual Instructor
Jason Shin – Visual Instructor
Brook Peckham – Visual Instructor
Sydney Brown – Visual Instructor
Nick O’Hara – Visual Instructor
Chris Law – Visual Consultant
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.
Auditions are currently completed. If you’d like information to join in 2021, please click on the button below:
If you have any other questions, please contact the office at: info@ascendperformingarts.
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 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 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 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