GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The world-renowned Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps spent the last nights in Grand Junction, polishing up for their summer tour and putting together a clinic for high school marching band enthusiasts.
Over 150 students attended today's clinic, learning a portion of the Blue Knights summer show that they will put into action for an evening performance. The Blue Knights are some of the best musicians around, performing at the highest level of artistry in their genre.
Aging from 16 to 21 years old, over 500 audtition to be a part of the elite group, but only 150 horn, guard, and percussionists make the cut.
And for local students the chance to work alongside some of the best is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
"They all get to do marching band at school, but to be able to be on the field, with the top level performers in the country is a really exciting time for them and exciting for our members to be with those kids," said Ronnie Pruitt, a part of the Blue Knights brass staff.
"Seeing music and visual live is just a completely different experience, so these students are in for a real eye-opening experience," said Jonathan Hinkle, CMU Marching Band Director.
The Blue Knights will hold a free performance Monday night at Stocker Stadium. They will work with the students to perform a section of the show at 8:00 PM, then they will follow it up with their full performance at 8:30.