Blue Knights Winds
Blue Knights Winds is the Rocky Mountain Region’s premiere indoor marching ensemble for brass and woodwind players. Formed in 2018 under the umbrella of Ascend Performing Arts, the ensemble performs locally as part of the Rocky Mountain Percussion Association and competes nationally in the independent winds division of Winter Guard International. Members are composed of talented performers of all ages from Colorado and surrounding states who perfect an 8-minute performance involving music, dance, marching, and other theatrics. The group may also be available for educational clinics and specialized performances locally.
Blue Knights Winds supports Ascend Performing Arts mission of elevating life performance through the pursuit of excellence, and seeks to “further the education and growth of young people through the participation of high-caliber performing arts programs that promote teamwork and discipline, develop leadership skills and enhance self-esteem.”
Blue Knights Winds – 2019 WGI Winds Independent Open Silver Medalist
Abraham Eng – Program Director
Ethan Goddard – Ensemble Manager
Abraham Eng – Program Director
Robbie Billings – Visual Designer
Jordan Stern – Music Arranger
Thomas Kober – Music Caption Head
Dan Gustad – Music Instructor
Joe Hills – Music Instructor
Kathleen Garcia – Music Instructor
Mark Wolocki – Music Consultant
Luke Story – Music Instructor
Brian Ebert – Woodwind Consultant
Jeffrey DesMarteau – Visual Caption Head
Becky Paschke – Visual Instructor
Lane Allbee – Visual Instructor
Jake Archibeque – Visual Instructor
In 2019, the Blue Knights Winds ensemble will continue the tradition of excellence set by the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble that helped pioneer indoor percussion in WGI in the early 1990’s and the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps that has become a consistent Top-12 Finalist in Drum Corps International (DCI). It will also continue the legacy of indoor winds set forth by the Blue Knights Winter Brass Ensemble in 2005-2007 that was founded and directed by Abe Eng. This season, the Blue Knights Winds earned their first RMPA Championship in Winds Independent Open class.
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
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