Blue Knights Drum & Bugle COrps Staff

More staff will be announced soon


Mark Arnold – CEO & Executive Director, Ascend Performing Arts
Daniel Belcher – Executive Director, Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps
Ethan Goddard – Operations Director, Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps


Tracy Carter – Visual Coordinator and Guard Designer
James Gow – Drill Designer and Choreographer (bio)
Leslie Gilreath – Brass Arranger (bio)
Derrick Shannon – Battery Composer/Arranger (bio)
Chris Murphree – Front Ensemble Composer (bio)
Jonathan Carr – Sound Designer
Austin Greene – Designer (bio)
Jay Murphy – Visual Consultation (bio)
Jay Bocook – Music Consultation (bio)
Jordan Barker – Documentation and Schedule Manager


Keith Tye – Brass Caption Head (bio) (email)
Kyler Allenson – Assistant Caption Head & Low Brass Coordinator
Matt Urbanek – High Brass Coordinator
Chris Devona – Brass Ensemble Coordinator
Spence Howell – Trumpet Tech
Jordan Barker – Trumpet Tech
Kenton Wallis – High Brass Tech
Austin Cilone – Mellophone Tech
Kaitlyn Kennedy – Mellophone Tech
Kara Whitaker – Mellophone Tech
Evan Woods – Euphonium Tech
Charlie Mercier – Euphonium Tech
Caleb Jones – Euphonium Tech
Jacob Rodriguez – Low Brass Tech
Jarrod Briley – Tuba Tech
Gabe Lopez – Tuba Tech



Andrew McAfee – Battery Caption Head (email)
Julian Davidson – Front Ensemble Caption Head (email)
Mike Kehoe – Snare Tech
Tony Cook – Snare Tech
Aya Strauss – Snare Tech
Marcus Hawkins – Snare Tech
Trevor Dunbar – Quad Tech
Austen White – Quad Tech
Alex Pfiefer – Quad Tech
Hunter Desjarlais – Quad Tech
Aaron Yewman – Bass Tech
Matt James – Bass Tech
Chap Obregon – Bass Tech
Malia Odekirk – Front Ensemble Tech
Kyler Altenhof – Front Ensemble Tech
Nathan Connell – Front Ensemble Tech
Phil Idell – Front Ensemble Tech
Malani Bydalek – Front Ensemble Tech

Color Guard

Tracy Carter – Color Guard Caption Head (bio) (email)
Mason Barnes – Assistant Caption Head
Drake Parrott – Lead Movement / Choreographer
Chad Hanes – Choreography Assistant / Lead Weapon Tech
Thomas Fitzpatrick – Choreography Assistant / Asst. Weapon Tech
Meredith Owen – Caption Assistant / Lead Flag Tech
Marianna Barclay – Wellness Lead / Flag Technician
Andrew Camp – Technician
David Delikat – Technician
D’Sherrick Williams – Intern


Zak Stilwell – Visual Caption Head (bio) (email)
James Gow – Visual Tech
Austin Greene – Visual Tech
Jon Popham – Visual Tech
Matt Osborn – Visual Tech
Josh Davis – Visual Tech
Gary Briggs – Visual Tech
Meaghan Wilkinson – Visual Tech
Marcelino Nambo – Visual Tech
Jeff Whipple – Visual Tech
Kendall Holt – Visual Tech

Ensemble Team

Chris Devona – Ensemble Specialist
Andrew McAfee – Ensemble Specialist

Education Team

Austin Greene – Education Coordinator
Caleb Florence – Leadership Coordinator

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