Volunteer Interest

This Volunteer Interest Form will let us get to know you better, and enter you into our Volunteer Scheduling system

Thanks for registering with us. Now lets see what opportunities are out there. Note: Volunteers who want to stay overnight with the drum corps, at camps or on tour, will also require completion of a mandatory background check.

Where to next?

There are lots of ways you can volunteer and help Ascend and the Blue Knights.

Find the Volunteer shift that's right for you

What is this page?

This page provides means for our prospective volunteers to let us know of their intersts and for current volunteers to report on ad-hoc volunteer hours and to see what past, present, and future volunteer hours are recorded in the system, cancel signups, and to change their volunteer info.

Quick Links: Volunteer Information Form – Self Report HoursView Your Service Record  

Volunteer Interest/Information Form

If you’ve never filled this out before – please do!  Please tell us a bit about yourself and how you would like to help.  Each new volunteer should fill out this short form and updating once a year is great!  NOTE:  Please be consistent on the name and email fields each time you use this or any volunteer sign up. NOTE: This form does not sign you up for any volunteer shift or job.  This is just to tell us your interest in how you might like to volunteer with us.  Please use our Current Needs Page to sign up for a particular shift or email Keith at Volunteer@AscendPerformingArts.org to learn of any needs that are not posted. We will not sell or give away your information.  We prefer your mobile phone to potentially text you any last minute changes for any shift times or changes in location for something you signed up for.  Please use your PERSONAL EMAIL for the email field (avoid school or work email addresses). Pick your best match of skills and availability (we know these are likely approximations). Use the Volunteer Notes field to include any other info you wish mention or clarify.  We welcome volunteers of any age for many jobs but there are some that have requirements to be of a certain age (i.e. drivers must be 25 and minors may need a permission form).  Background Checks are not required in most cases unless you will spend the night at housing site with our members.  Email Keith at Volunteeer@AscendPerformingArts.org if you are not sure of the background check status or situation. * indicates a required field.  

Self Report Your Volunteer Hours

IMPORTANT: Reporting Hours is not for most volunteers. This is for volunteers to self report hours that were worked outside of something they signed up for elsewhere. Please verify with us first if you should use it.  You can use the Service Record system to see if you are about to enter a duplicate entry for yourself.  

View Your Volunteer Service Record (Login Required)

This is for any volunteer in our system to see what upcoming events they have signed up for and what they have volunteered for in the past.  It will also let you modify your volunteer parameters and basic contact info. NOTE: This will only work if you are in our system and consistently use the same first and last name and email address each time you sign up.  (If you sign up one time using Greg and another time using Gregory – the system will likely not automatically link those two records.  Please use Proper Case for your name during signups; i.e., “Greg” rather than “greg” or “GREG”). [Note: Only hours since Oct.1, 2016 are accessible in this system.]
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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