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Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps — Performance History

Founded in 1958, the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps is a 23-time World Class Drum Corps International Finalist. If you have information to add to this page, please contact: Info@AscendPerformingArts.org

YearProgram TitleRepertoireRankScoreClass
2019“…I remember everything”– “Sudden Throw” (Olafur Arnalds)
“Liquid” (Jay Bocook, Kevin Shah, Mike Jackson)
– “Hurt” (Trent Reznor)
– “Lonely World” (Moses Sumney)
7th92.050DCI World Class
2018“The Fall & Rise”– “Sun King” (Beatles)
– “The Rite of Spring” (Igor Stravinsky)
– “Exit Music for a Film” (Radiohead)
– “Welcome to the Machine” (Pink Floyd)
– “Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper/Robert Hyman)
9th88.925DCI World Class
2017“i”– “Concerto for Percussion & Orchestra” (Joseph Schwantner)
– “107 Steps” (Bjork)
– “Hike & Seek” (Imogen Heap)
8th90.400DCI World Class
2016“The Great Event”– Moonlight Sonata
– Gorgon (Mov. 1)
– Flight to the Wasteland (from Final Fantasy)
– Adagio & Transfiguration (from Final Fantasy)
– Arrows of the Gods (from Titus)
– Fratres
– Air Waltz
– Saturn
7th90.738DCI World Class
2015“Because…”– “Because” (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
– “Rush” (Jay Bocook, Kevin Shah, Mike Jackson)
– “Apres Moi” (Regina Spektor)
– “I’m Alive (Adam Watts)
– “Fly to Paradise” (Eric Whitacre)
6th91.850DCI World Class
2014“That One Second”– A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics (Horner, James)
– Brief Eternity (Rosner, Don)
– Hand of Fate: Part 1 of Signs (Newton Howard, James)
– To Build a Home (Watson, Patrick)
8th91.15DCI World Class
2013“NoBeginningNoEnd”– This Bitter Earth (Otis, Clyde)
– Circle One (Bocook, Jay)
– The First Circle (Metheny, Pat)
10th87.75DCI World Class
2012“Avian”– Infernal Dance (from the Firebird Suite)
– Berceuse (from the Firebird Suite)
– Finale (from the Firebird Suite)
10th86.70DCI World Class
2011“An English Folk Song Suite”– First Suite in Eb
– Molly on the Shore
– Shepard’s Hey
– Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
9th89.20DCI World Class
2010“Europa!”– L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2: FarandoleEnigma Variation VIII (W.N.)
– IX Nimrod
– Symphony No.1, mov. 4
11th87.10DCI World Class
2009“Shiver: A Winter in Colorado”– WinterGlide
– Landslide
– Tarantella
– Coronation from ‘Stardust’
11th86.45DCI World Class
2008“Knight Reign”– Cloudburst
– Turbine
– Jeux D’eau
– Amazing Grace
9th88.25DCI World Class
2007“Dark Dances”– Piano Concerto No. 1
– Symphony No. 10
8th90.275DCI Division I
2006“Dark Knights”– Piano Concerto, Op. 387th90.125DCI Division I
2005“A Midsummer Knight’s Dream”– A Midsummer Knight’s Dream10th88.225DCI Division I
2004“A Knight’s Tale”– Trittico
– Journey
– Chase
– Battle
– I Go On
10th87.60DCI Division I
2003“Primary Colors”– Kaval Sviri
– Izpoved
– Prologue
13th85.35DCI Division I
2002“Fear & Trembling”– Piano Concerto No. 1, Op.35
– Piano Concerto, Op. 38
13th85.50DCI Division I
2001“Blue Toons”– Cartoon
– An American in Paris
– Black Market Juggler
14th83.90DCI Division I
2000“Colors of Brass and Percussion”– Movement 1 (from Montage)
– Movement 3 (from Montage)
– A Time For Love (from The Essence of Time)
– A Time For Hate (from The Essence of Time)
– A Time For Peace (from The Essence of Time)
6th92.00DCI Division I
1999“Suite for Brass & Percussion”– Trittico for Brass Band
– Partita for Band
7th92.50DCI Division I
1998“Masters of the Symphony”– Allegro (from Symphony No. 10)
– Symphony No. 6: Pathetique
– Largo (from New World Symphony)
– Symphony No. 9
9th89.50DCI Division I
1997 “Ben Hur”– Prelude (from Ben Hur)
– Overture to Ben Hur
– The Battle (from Ben Hur)
– Lithe Girl, Brown Girl (from The Lovers)
– Father In Heaven (from Prayers of Kierkegaard)
9th88.20DCI Division I
1996“Music of Ron Nelson”– Rocky Point Holiday
– Sonoran Desert Holiday
12th80.70DCI Division I
1995“Legacy”– Introduction
– Main Theme
– Adagio
– Fugue
– Finale
13th81.30DCI Division I
1994“Trittico for Brass Band”Trittico for Brass Band7th88.40DCI Division I
1993“The Next Generation”– Battle of the Mutara Nebula (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)
– Clear All Moorings (from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
– Star Trek VI Suite
– Little Green Men
10th85.00DCI Division I
1992“Portraits of Aaron Copland”– Billy the Kid
– Corral Nocturne
– Red Pony
– Chorale and Shaker Dance
9th90.00DCI Division I
1991 “Music of Ron Nelson”– Savannah River Holiday
– Outdoor Overture
– Aspen Jubilee
9th87.70DCI Open Class
1990 “Bernstein’s Mass”– Chichester Psalms
– Offertory (from Mass)
– I Go On (from Mass)
– Sanctus (from Mass)
– Agnus Dei (from Mass)
13th85.40DCI Open Class
1989 – March (from A Moorside Suite)
– Puchinello
16th81.20DCI Open Class
1988 “Music of Holst”– March (from A Moorside Suite)
– Divertimento For Band
– Pie Jesu (from Requiem)
– March (from Suite No. 1 for Military Band)
17th78.60DCI Open Class
1987 – Savannah River Holiday
– Ritual Fire Dance (from El Amor Brujo)
– Requiem
22nd73.40DCI Open Class
1986 “Rockin’ the Rockies” – Rockin’ the Paradise
– Too Much Time on my Hands
– Since You’ve Asked
– Light Up
– Thick as a Brick
– Feels Like the First Time
27th68.70DCI Open Class
1985“A Pirate’s Tale”– A Pirate’s Tale31st68.20DCI Open Class
1984 – If You Could Read My Mind
– Sweet Inspiration
– Trilogy
– Magician
– Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
– I’m Gonna Make You Love Me
21st70.70DCI Open Class
1983  31st51.70DCI Open Class
1977“From the West Side”– Somewhere (from West Side Story)
– Jet Song (from West Side Story)
– Tonight (from West Side Story)
– I Get Crazy
– Hill Where The Lord Hides
– Evergreen (from A Star Is Born)
– Maria (from West Side Story)
41st57.90DCI Open Class
1976 – Battle of Britain
– Hill Where the Lord Hides
– Battle Hymn Of The Republic
– Feelings
   DCI Class A
1975  11th48.15DCI Class A
1963   10th 60.05 VFW Nationals

*If you have information to help us complete our history, please contact: info@AscendPerformingArts.org!

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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