Blue Knights

Denver, CO United States
Founded: 1958

Active Junior
World Class
1963 (Repertoire not available)  
1975 (Repertoire not available)  
1976 Battle of Britain * Hill Where the Lord Hides * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Feelings  
1977 West Side Story Medley * Somewhere (from West Side Story) * Jet Song (from West Side Story) * Tonight (from West Side Story) * I Get Crazy * Hill Where the Lord Hides * Evergreen (from A Star is Born) * Maria (from West Side Story)  
1983 (Repertoire not available)  
1984 If You Could Read My Mind * Sweet Inspiration * Trilogy * Magician * Ain't No Mountain High Enough * I'm Gonna Make You Love Me  
1985 A Pirates' Tale - A Pirate's Tale  
1986 Rockin' the Rockies - Rockin' the Paradise * Too Much Time on my Hands * Since You've Asked * Light Up * Thick as a Brick * Feels Like the First Time  
1987 Savannah River Holiday * Ritual Fire Dance (from El Amor Brujo) * Requiem  
1988 Moorside March (from A Moorside Suite) * Divertimento for Band * Pie Jesu (from Requiem) * March (from First Suite in E-Flat)  
1989 Moorside March (from A Moorside Suite) * Punchinello  
1990 Chichester Psalms * Offertory (from Mass) * I Go On (from Mass) * Sanctus (from Bernstein's Mass) * Agnus Dei (from Bernstein's Mass)  
1991 Savannah River Holiday * An Outdoor Overture * Aspen Jubilee  
1992 Portraits of Aaron Copland - Billy the Kid * Corral Nocturne (from Rodeo) * The Red Pony * Chorale and Shaker Dance  
1993 The Next Generation - Battle in the Mutara Nebula (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) * Clear All Moorings (From Star Trek VI) * Star Trek VI Suite * Little Green Men  
1994 Trittico for Brass Band - Trittico for Brass Band  
1995 Legacy - Introduction (from Legacy) * Main Theme (from Legacy) * Adagio (from Legacy) * Fugue (from Legacy) * Finale (from Legacy)  
1996 Music of Ron Nelson - Rocky Point Holiday * Sonoran Desert Holiday  
1997 Prelude (from Ben Hur) * Overture to Ben Hur * The Battle, parts I and II (from Ben Hur) * Lithe Girl, Brown Girl (2nd movement from The Lovers) * Father In Heaven (from Prayers of Kierkegaard)  
1998 Masters of the Symphony - Tenth Symphony, First and Second Movement * Sixth Symphony, First and Third Movement - Pathetique * New World Symphony (Largo) * Ninth Symphony (Ode to Joy)  
1999 Suite for Brass and Percussion - Trittico for Brass Band * Partita for Band  
2000 Colors of Brass and Percussion - Montage Mvt 1 * Montage Mvt 3 * The Essence of Time – A Time for Love * The Essence of Time – A Time for Hate * The Essence of Time – A Time for Peace * Original  
2001 Blue Toons - Cartoon * Black Market Juggler * An American in Paris  
2002 Fear and Trembling featuring the music of Dmitri Shostakovich and Samuel Barber - Piano Concerto No. 1 Op.35 * Piano Concerto  
2003 Primary Colors - Kaval Sviri * Izpoved * Prologue  
2004 A Knight's Tale - A Knight's Tale * Trittico for Brass Band * Journey * Chase * Battle * I Go On (from Mass)  
2005 A Midsummer Knight's Dream - A Midsummer Knight's Dream  
2006 Dark Knights - Piano Concerto, Op. 38  
2007 Dark Dances - Piano Concerto No. 1 * Symphony No. 10  
2008 Knight Reign - Cloudburst * Turbine * Jeux D'eau * Amazing Grace  
2009 Shiver: A Winter in Colorado - Winter from the Four Seasons * Glide * Landslide * Tarantella * Coronation (from Stardust)  
2010 Europa - Farandole (from L'Arlesienne) * W.N.(from Enigma Variations) * Nimrod (from Enigma Variations) * First Symphony; Movement 4  
2011 An English Folk Song Suite - First Suite in E-Flat * English Folk Song Suite * Molly on the Shore * Shepherd's Hey * Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus  
2012 Avian - Infernal Dance (from the Firebird Suite) * Berceuse (from The Firebird Suite) * Finale (from the Firebird Suite)  
2013 NoBeginningNoEnd - This Bitter Earth * Circle One * The First Circle  
2014 That One Second - A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics (from A Beautiful Mind) * Brief Eternity * Hand of Fate - Part 1 from Signs * To Build A Home  
2015 Because - Because * Rush * Apres Moi * I'm Alive * Fly to Paradise  
2016 The Great Event - The Great Event * Moonlight Sonata * Gorgon (Mov. 1) * Flight to the Wasteland (from Final Fantasy) * Adagio and Transfiguration (from Final Fantasy) * Arrows of the Gods (from Titus) * Fratres * Air Waltz * Saturn  
2017 (Repertoire not available)  
Established in 1958, the Blue Knights are celebrating their 46th year of providing Denver-area youth the opportunity to develop life skills utilizing the vehicle of music. What began as a parade corps performing strictly in the Denver metro area quickly grew into a nationally respected organization offering opportunities for youth to learn, travel, and grow through excellence in their "sport.”

The Blue Knights established their bingo game as a fund-raising activity in 1983.

1986 was a crucial year in the corps' history, when not only was recruting low, but some members were injured by a lightning strike on the practice field. Mark Arnold was brought in to stabilize the situation, and he helped the corps rebuild, steadily improving from 27th to 22nd to 17th in DCI Semifinals in 1988. Star instructors and designers like George Zingali, Jim Prime, and Ralph Hardimon were major contributors.

Heading into the new millennium, the Blue Knights organization has expanded its programs. A drum and bugle corps, two performing percussion ensembles, and an educational outreach program are all currently part of the Blue Knights programs. In 1999, the Blue Knights number one percussion ensemble was crowned the WGI Independent World Marching Champion. The long-range vision of the Blue Knights is to continue this expansion to include a far greater number of youth in its programs.

The Blue Knights has also developed The Stampede, the official percussion section of the Denver Broncos, as well as a group that performs at Colorado Rapids major league soccer games. The corps annually presents Drums Along the Rockies drum corps competition at a profit, partially to compensate for the loss of bingo revenue to limited stakes gaming.

Making DCI finals for ten of the last 14 years (reaching as high as sixth place in 2000), the Blue Knights are now recognized internationally for their excellence and innovation in the area of musical pageantry. For their 2003 show 'Primary Colors,' the corps wore blue and black uniforms with white accents. They finished 13th.

Performing in DCI Finals in their home town inspired the Knights, as the Denver corps bounced up back a tenth place finish in 2004 with a show called 'A Knight's Tale.'

[; DCW, 3/24/89, p.9; Dave Strickler; DCW, 5/04, p.23]

Members (85)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Andersen, Brooks Hornline 2002
Anderson, Greg Snare 1999 to 2000
Anderson, Samuel Contra/Tuba 2013 to 2015
Aumann, Jonette Color Guard 1992 to 1995
Barto, Lance Contra Bass 1999 to 2004
Bertram, Mark Visual Staff 1995
Bigley, Ryan Trumpet 2004 to 2005
Brown, Marianne Guard (rifle) 1968 to 1974
Bruyere, Marc bass drum 1994 to 1998
Carmichael, Stacey Baritone 2000 to 2002
Carte, Jennifer color guard 2001
Carter, Jon Contra 2001 to 2004
Chernow, Alexis Colorguard 2002 to 2004
Cooper, Brent Pit 1994
Cornell, Tanner Bari/Euph 2008 to 2010
Delohery, Amy Mellophone 1978 to 1979
Dronberger, Matthew Euphonium 2005 to 2006
Elhart, David Baritone 1985
Eshbach, Stephanie Mellophone 1999
Factor, Alex Tuba 2011 to 2014
Feuerborn, Mark Tuba 2006
Gagaza, J.P. Tenors 2008
Gipson, Derek brass tech/consultant 2011
Habel, Doug Hornline 1995 to 1996
Haffner, Arnold Drumline( Bass ) 2003
Hall, Christie colorguard 1995
Hebda, Martin Soprano 1992 to 1993
Hernandez, Matthew Trumpet 2010 to 2011
Hipke, Steve Drumline (Cyms) 1991 to 1993
Hodges, Jason Mellophone 2007
Hubbard, Scott Drumline - Tenors 1992 to 1994
James, Melissa Soprano/Trumpet 2004
Jimenez, Shannon Contrabass 2002 to 2006
Knudson, Todd rifle line 1982
Kuzma, GM Alto 1994
Kuzma, GM Administrative Staff 2004
Laubhan, Keith Front Ensemble 2001
Leary, Daniel Brass (bari) 2000
Leversedge, Mark Drumline 1993
Low- Underwood, Amanda Front Ensemble 1999
Martin, Phil Pit 1993 to 1995
Martinez, Jose Soprano 2003 to 2004
Matthews, II, John Sopranos 2003
McKinnon, Margaret Front Ensemble 1997
Mondragon, Chris Baritone (05) Contra (06-07) 2005 to 2007
Neimeyer, Daniel Percussion/Quad assist 2006 to 2007
Nelson, Duane Baritone 1976 to 1977
Nelson, Josh Bass Drum 2000 to 2002
Newton, Jeffrey Drumline (Snare) 1981
O'Toole, Heather Cymbal Line 1992 to 1993
Oppegard, Jillian Color Guard 2000 to 2001; 2003
Poling, Laura G bugle 2001
Predaina, Christy Color Guard 2002
Pressley, David soprano 1984
Reid, Jason Front Ensemble 2003 to 2006
Reiff, Lee Contrabass/Drum Major 1996 to 1998
Rickels, David Hornline - Mellophone 2000
Romero, James Lead Baritone 2003 to 2004
Rule, Gary Tex Euph 2005
Sabonis, Kate color guard 1992
Sanchez, Matthew snareline (auditioning) 2005
Sanders, Issac Contrabass 1999 to 2002
Seltzer, Matthew Euphonium 2005
Shane, Larry Brass Staff 1994 to 2003
Shields, Laura Front Ensemble 2000 to 2002
Skinner, Erik Soprano 2001 to 2003
Smith, Brian Front Emsemble 1997 to 1998
Smith, Frances mellophone 2005
Stegall, Floyd Management 1984
Steinbruegge, John Bass Line 1998
Sundleaf, Viktor Contra 2010
Takeda, Steven Tenor 2012 to 2013
Trevino, Marissa colorguard 2000; 2003
Ulmer, Sharla Colorguard 2004
W, R colorguard 1993 to 1994
Warren, Kasey Trumpet 2011 to 2013
Watson, Scott Front Ensemble 2006 to 2007
Wiener, Catherine Colorguard 1995
Wiener, Catherine Front Ensemble 1996
Wilson, Shauna Mae Colorguard 2002
Wiselogel, Dieter Euphonium 2006
Wood, Jim Guard Staff 1995
Worley, Tyler Front Ensemble 2003 to 2004
Young, Jennifer colorguard 2002
shao, sonya hornline 2002

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