Easy Ways to Support Blue Knights This Season

DENVER, CO – We are so thankful for the incredible support we have received from our alumni, family, friends, and fans that helped “elevate life performance” in 2018.

Tuesday, November 27th is widely known as Giving Tuesday where people all over the world will celebrate generosity by giving their time, talent and treasure. We encourage our Blue  Knights Alumni, Fans, and Supporters to consider Ascend Performing Arts when participating in Giving Tuesday this year.

Our goal is to surpass last year’s success, but we need your help to make it happen. Every gift matters, whether it’s $5, $10 or $50; it makes a collective impact when we all work together. Thank you for your support of the performing arts!

Here are five ways you can support the Blue Knights this season:

1. GIVE!

As a participating nonprofit on ColoradoGives.org, Ascend Performing Arts programs, the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble, and Blue Knights Winds will benefit from this initiative in many ways.

Schedule your donation to arrive on December 4th and you will be taking part in Colorado Gives Day, which entitles Ascend Performing Arts to receive 100% of your tax-deductible donation, plus a portion of the $1 Million FirstBank Incentive Fund. Schedule your donation for Colorado Gives Day now by clicking the button!

Donate Now Button


2. BE A FUNDRAISER!

Get FREE Blue Knights merchandise by creating your own Facebook Fundraiser this giving season! From now through December 31st, get a $5 credit to the BKMarketplace online store for every $100 you raise through a Facebook Fundraiser benefiting Blue Knights.
Click here for a step-by-step guide.

 


 

3. BUY #BKGEAR!

Looking for the perfect gift? Support the Blue Knights by shopping at the BKMarketplace online store during the biggest shopping weekend of the year during our Blue Friday Sale.

Save $$ on the entire store! (excludes specialty items).

Blue Friday Sale valid Thursday 11/22 through Monday 11/26.

Items are limited, don’t miss out!


4. BID ON AUCTION ITEMS!

The 2018 Ascend Autumn Auction will run from November 18, 2018 to November 30, 2018, with proceeds going to Ascend Performing Arts to support our young Blue Knights performers.

Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways, Drums Along the Rockies Tickets, fishing trips and more guaranteed to delight and surprise. You can even donate an item to the auction to benefit the Blue Knights. Let the bidding begin!


5. SHOP WITH AMAZON SMILE!

Did you know? Using Amazon Smile this holiday season can benefit the Blue Knights.

Your online experience is exactly the same, just click here to go to Amazon Smile, search “Ascend Performing Arts” shop. Remember to always use smile.amazon.com when shopping!

 


6. FUNDRAISE WITH KING SOOPERS!

If every family at Ascend Performing Arts began using these reloadable King Soopers Gift Cards for our weekly errands, we would have thousands of dollars to give back to Ascend!

Did you know you can earn 5% of every dollar loaded to your reloadable gift card at King Soopers? Use your reloadable King Soopers gift card to purchase groceries, gas, and prescriptions. Reload using cash, check, or credit card at the store register or gas pump before each future purchase.

Purchase extra cards as gifts for family and friends OR for your charitable contributions! Cards are accepted at all Kroger brand stores in 30 states nationwide!


All giving matters: whether it is a financial gift, your time, or your talent. Together, we can power the future of this great youth performing arts organization.

Your support helps elevate life performance of thousands of youth in our Blue Knights ensembles, our BKXperience music education clinics and at our Ascend Events such as Drums Along the Rockies, Corps Encore and the Friendship Cup Scholastic Marching Competition. Thank you!

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Ken Adams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rob BATCHELDER