blue knights percussion ensemble 2023
The Blue Knights Experience is THE way for you to learn, connect, interact, and engage with the Blue Knights. If you want to be a part of the Blue Knights in 2023, BKX is the beginning of your journey. And if you want to grow as an individual, a leader, and form life-long connections with a community, you can find your home with Blue Knights.
- Time: 9/18 & 9/25. Check-in begins at 9am. 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.
- Location: Englewood High School
- Audition Price:
$40$30 for both audition days.
- Technique Packet: Free to download.
- NOTE: You must first Create a BKX account or log in to download the Technique Packet or purchase the Audition Registration.
BKPE 2022 – ‘Broken’
HOW TO REGISTER
1 Create your user account on BKX, or sign in if you already have an account.
2 Register for Auditions on September 18th and 25th.
3 Download your audition materials and get practicing! Regardless of your skill level, we want to see you at auditions. You’ll never know unless you try!
BKPE Auditions FAQ
The Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble is open to anyone under the age of 23 years on April 1 of the competitive season. Most members are between 16 and 22 years old.
You should absolutely still come to auditions! Participating in the audition process is a fantastic learning experience, regardless of your likelihood to become a member. You'll also never know unless you try!
All auditionees are expected to attend both weekends. If you are from out of state or you absolutely can not make one of the audition days, please email us at Keenan.Evans@AscendPerformingArts.org.
No, these are independent auditions. Both ensembles are operated under Ascend Performing Arts: BKPE competes within RMPA & WGI, the BKDBC competes within DCI. You do not need to audition for one ensemble to be a part of the other.
The member tuition for 2023 is being finalized, however it will be approx. $2,100 - $2,600. This covers the cost of instruction, design, uniforms, show production needs, circuit registration fees, Dayton travel & housing, and more.
If you are contracted, the audition fees are applied towards your member tuition balance.
Ascend Performing Arts has scholarships to apply for and fundraising resources for those who need financial support to be able to march. Have a plan before you come to auditions. Being able to pay your member tuition is a necessary part of being a member of this ensemble.
No, all members will be required to show proof of vaccination as a part of their member contract. We take the safety of our ensemble, its members, and its staff very seriously. Requiring vaccinations is core to our policies regarding COVID-19 and our ability to protect our ensemble and the time investment our members and staff make to be a part of this activity.
If you would like to audition and need to get vaccinated, you can find vaccine information here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine
After auditions, we will have sub-sectionals in October. Regular season rehearsals are each weekend on Saturday & Sunday from November through mid-April, picking up Friday evening rehearsals during show season starting mid-January.
We also have a winter camp as well. Specific dates TBA.
We recognize that many of our members participate in drum corps and strongly encourage them to do so. In this regard, we realize that many of our members need down time between the DCI and WGI seasons, for both their mental and physical health. Having our audition dates in September and regular rehearsals picking up in November allows us to solidify plans for the finalized membership, while also giving our members time before rushing right into the next marching season.
We believe it is in everybody's best interest that you march with your dream ensemble if you are able, even if that is not us. Although we believe you will have an amazing and unparalleled experience being a part of BKPE, it does not serve us or you if you are still wondering "What if...".
If you are wanting to make sure you march this season and are auditioning for multiple groups we ask that you are upfront and forthright during the audition process so we can discuss with you your options if you are offered a contract at BKPE while still finalizing auditions with another group.
If you have any further questions, please contact Keenan, BKPE Director, at Keenan.Evans@AscendPerformingArts.org.