Historical Scores

WGI: Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble

The Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble is a 4-time Winter Guard International World Champion and a 27-time Rocky Mountain Percussion Association State Champion in the Percussion Independent World Class. If you have information to add to this page, please contact: Info@AscendPerformingArts.org

 2023“Memento Mori”Keenan Evans86.188Semifinals
 2022“Broken”Keenan Evans86.67515th Place
 2021“Be Water”Keenan EvansN/A(WGI Virtual Performances)
 2020“We Are”Keenan EvansN/A(WGI Season canceled due to COVID-19)
 2019“The First Incarnation”Mike Nevin84.125Semifinals
 2018“Distorted”Mike Nevin80.763Prelims
 2017“The Cave”Mike Nevin81.750Prelims
 2016“Mightier”Mike Nevin83.375Prelims
 2015“The World’s A Stage”Amanda Montemayor82.475Semifinals
 2014“bit x bit”Amanda Montemayor85.413Prelims
 2013“Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”Jason Keeling88.46312th Place
 2012“BK Crew”Jason Keeling84.47512th Place
 2011“Physical Graffiti” (World Class Fan Favorite Award)Jason Keeling92.0256th Place
 2010“Reactions”David Killinger86.88810th Place
 2009“The Metaphorest”David Killinger89.5889th Place
 2008“iDrum”Peter Bretz91.7506th Place
 2007“H2O”Peter Bretz94.1503rd Place
 2006“Dwellers of the Infernal Abyss”Peter Bretz93.5005th Place
 2005“In the Mind of Madness”Peter Bretz94.3504th Place
 2004“The Speed of Sound”Dan Burke92.6004th Place
 2003“The Zodiac” 96.2501st Place
 2002“Line, Shape, Texture & Color” 95.0502nd Place
 2001“In The Lot” 95.6002nd Place
 2000“The Elements: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water” 95.9501st Place
 1999“Airborne: A Brief History of Flight” 97.1001st Place
 1998“Circular Momentum” 95.0002nd Place
 1997“Landscapes of a Wondering Mind” 96.1502nd Place
 1996“Spheres of Influence” 90.4003rd Place
 1995“The Nexus” 85.9002nd Place
 1994“A Knight Groove” 93.0001st Place
BKPE Open Ensemble
 2006“Trimurti” 88.4506th Place
 2005“Ambigrams” 82.05010th Place
 2004“Seven Shades” N/AN/A
 2003“On the Waterfront”David KillingerN/AN/A
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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