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September 12th, 9am – 6pm: Pre-season Clinic
September 19th, 9am – 9pm: Auditions #1
September 26th, 9am – 9pm: Auditions #2
October 3rd, 9am – 9pm: Final Callbacks (Invite Only)
The audition process is across all three audition weekends. Expect to attend all three dates to audition for BKPE.
BKPE Auditions Timeline
Attend the Auditions on September 19th and 26th.
If you get a Callback…
Follow the instructions you receive on the next steps to complete your audition, putting to work the feedback you received at your initial auditions.
If you get a Contract…
You will be sent an electronic contract to sign and you will need to make your acceptance payment towards your member tuition.
Complete required documentation and forms.
Welcome to BKPE!
BKPE Auditions FAQ
The Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble is open to anyone under the age of 25 years on April 1 of the competitive season. For this year, WGI has extended the age out restriction so that those who would have aged out in 2020 or 2021 may march their age-out this season.
All auditionees are expected to attend both weekends and the final callback on 10/3 if they are given a callback. If you are from out of state or you absolutely can not make one of the audition days, please email us at Keenan.Evans@AscendPerformingArts.org.
The member tuition for 2022 is being finalized, however it will be approx. $2,100 - $2,200. This covers the cost of instruction, design, uniforms, show production needs, circuit registration fees, Dayton travel & housing, and more.
If you are contracted, the audition & clinic fees are applied towards your member tuition balance.
Ascend Performing Arts has scholarships to apply for and fundraising resources for those who need financial support to be able to march. Have a plan before you come to auditions. Being able to pay your member tuition is a necessary part of being a member of this ensemble.
No, all members will be required to show proof of vaccination as a part of their member contract. We take the safety of our ensemble, its members, and its staff very seriously. Requiring vaccinations is core to our policies regarding COVID-19 and our ability to protect our ensemble and the time investment our members and staff make to be a part of this activity.
If you would like to audition and need to get vaccinated, you can find vaccine information here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine
After auditions, we will have sub-sectionals in October. Regular season rehearsals are each weekend on Saturday & Sunday from November through mid-April, picking up Friday evening rehearsals during show season starting mid-January.
We recognize that many of our members participate in drum corps and strongly encourage them to do so. In this regard, we realize that many of our members need down time between the DCI and WGI seasons, for both their mental and physical health. Having our audition dates in September and regular rehearsals picking up in November allows us to solidify plans for the finalized membership, while also giving our members time before rushing right into the next marching season.
Yes, it is our goal to be able to provide as much of a normal experience as possible during these times of COVID-19, including in-person rehearsals whenever it is safe to do so, which we expect to do for the vast majority of the season. There may be times where we need to transition rehearsals to a virtual setting. We understand that this format presents its challenges and will work to ensure this format is engaging, allows us to make progress within our season, and allows you to continue to grow as a percussionist. Our first priority with in-person rehearsals is to always ensure the safety of our members and staff throughout the season.
We believe it is in everybody's best interest that you march with your dream ensemble if you are able, even if that is not us. Although we believe you will have an amazing and unparalleled experience being a part of BKPE, it does not serve us or you if you are still wondering "What if...".
If you are wanting to make sure you march this season and are auditioning for multiple groups we ask that you are upfront and forthright during the audition process so we can discuss with you your options if you are offered a contract at BKPE while still finalizing auditions with another group.
If you have any further questions, please contact Keenan, BKPE Director, at Keenan.Evans@AscendPerformingArts.org.