Thank You to Our Volunteers and Sponsors From This Fall

DENVER, CO – Since the beginning of this fiscal year (October 1, 2014) we’ve had 122 individuals provide 2,078.5 hours of volunteer service.  That is outstanding!  These people have helped with various events like our out-of-state BKXperience Camps, our Denver BKXperience and call-back camps, Friendship Cup Competition, Bingo, various work days at the Corps Hall, and BKPE Support.  When you see any of these folks, please take a minute to give them a warm thank you.  We thank all of you that have volunteered so far and we give advance thanks to those that will be volunteering with us at some point during the year.  You truly make this all possible!

Thank You Volunteers!

Adam Nelson

Adrian Magana

Allie Lindstrom

Anthony Antonelli

Antonio D’Lallo

Ben Lucero

Beth Morgenroth

Bill Goddard

Bill Smith

Bob Mayhew

Carla Clark

Carolyn Nelson

Christopher Stewart

Cissy Matthews

Connor Maes

Crystal Cooper

Daniel Brindzik

Danielle Hagerty

Darla Woods

Darrell Griffin

Deb Giberson

Deb Griffin

Deb Lucero

Del Owens

Dennis Richard

Devon Wilson

Diana McKinney

Dick Yadon

Dorie Lemieux

Doug Harris

Doug Kelley

Elizabeth Robinson

Emma Brown

Ernest D’Ambrosio

Ethan Goddard

Gail Hike

Genine Kelly-Stewart

George Lindstrom

Grayce Wilson

Greg Andersen

Holly Perry

Ian Maxwell

Jack Bevins

Jack Johnson

Jane Roller

Jared Gerard

Jason Shin

Jean Williams

Jeff Elder

Jenifer Brown

Jennifer Florea

Jo Skelton

Joe Ratterman

John Lawrence

John Strang

John Welchel

Jose Flores

Kathleen Wiederkehr

Kathleen Wilhite

Kea’Anee Morgan

Keith Anderson

Keith Huffman

Kendra Welchel

Kenneth Spatz

Keri Boyd

Kevin Boyd

Kevin Cook

Kim Lake

Kima Allbee

Lana Maes

Leigh Huseman

Leonard Robinson

Linda Jensen

Luke Story

Marc Celia

Marc Choquette

Marcus Barstow

Marian Acevedo

Mark Cooper

Marsha Thinnes

Martha D’Ambrosio


Matt Smithey

Melissa Warner

Michael Nikishin

Michael Rivera

Monique Mogilka

Neil Corvino

Nicholas D’Ambrosio

Nichole Ransom

Nicky Kroge

Nicolai Nielsen

Noah Coe

Nora Somer

Pamela Pulins

Pat Salwerowicz

Paula Pruitt

Penni Royston

Phyllis Ratterman

Rhea Witchy

Rhoda Story

RJ Dake

Robert Clark

Robert Mac Tavish

Rosie Dugan

Samuel Anderson

Sandy Ferry

Sarah Potter

Silmar Vinado

Stephen Bates

Tammy Hobson

Teri Connolly

Terrie Ford

Thelma Fung

Theresa Damon

Tim Gipe

Tom Greiss

Tom Morgan

Tom Smalley

Tonya Coe

Valerie Jargon

Victor Fung

Zach Sherman



Personal Food Donations:
Several parents and community members provided many desserts and ingredients for our Denver camps so far.  Things like Brownies, Cookies, Donuts, Cakes, Celery, Onions, Tomatoes, Cheese, Cucumbers, Rolls, Fruit, Peppers, and lots more.  Some even took the time to chop them in advance for us.
Our gratitude for these donations goes to (in no particular order):
Ann Huffman
Cissy Mathews

Darla Woods

Deb Griffin

Del Owens

Devon and Grayce Wilson

Domani Barkley

Jack Johnson

Kelli Kolar

Kima Allbee

Marsha Thinnes

Martha D’Ambrosio

Nicky Kroge

Pamela Pulins

Penni Royston

Rhoda Story

Sandy Ferry

Thelma Fung

Corporate Food Donations:
We thank the following companies for their support by providing donations for our organization and camps.  Please consider visiting and supporting their establishments.

Sprouts Farmers Market

Colorado Springs, CO (map)

  • Provided Lettuce, Salad Mixes, Apples, Bananas, strawberries, tangelos, black grapes, avocados, tomatoes, cheese, rice cakes, and cereal for our November, December, and January camps.

Sprouts Farmers Market

Thornton, CO (map)

  • Provided bananas and apples for the January camp.

Texas Roadhouse

Colorado Springs, CO (map)

  • Provided rolls, honey butter and  tossed salad, ranch dressing for November and January Camps

New York Bagel

Ernie Gregory, Owner

Lakewood, CO (map)

  • Provided Bagels for November, December and January Camps

Krispy Kreme

Thornton, CO (map)

  • Provided doughnuts for November and December camps.

Noodles & Company

Thornton, CO (map)

  • Provided Rice Krispies treats for January Camp

King Soopers

Denver, CO (map)

  • Donated $20  gift card

Thank you to Domani  Barkley, Rhoda Story and Martha D’Ambrosio for obtaining these donations!  Any donations help the Food Budget, so if you are willing to assist with solicitations, please contact Thelma Fung  at

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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.

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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