Sam Natvig of Augusta is member of elite drum and bugle corps
The Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps from Denver rehearsed Monday afternoon at Augusta High School football field for their performance in El Dorado that evening. Sam Natvig, AHS student and son of Todd and Carrie Natvig of August, plays trumpet for the Blue Knights. This is his second year with the elite group.
Monday’s rehearsal in Augusta was in preparation for Drums Across Kansas that evening at the BG Products Veterans Complex, presented by the City of El Dorado and Conventions & Visitors Bureau. Performing corps were Pacific Crest, Oregon Crusaders, Mandarins, Blue Knights, Blue Devils, and Bluecoats.
The Blue Knights are renowned for excellence in symphonic music and intricate choreography. Auditions are held in the fall and the corps begin learning the production and honing their skills in the winter and early spring. After Memorial Day, most corps begin 12 hour daily rehearsals to develop the show and prepare for tour. The 2 1/2 month tour features 30-40 performances in about 20 states. The performers sleep on buses and gym floors as they travel from city to city.
The tour will culminate at the Drum Corps International World Championship, held the second week in August.
The Blue Knights organization also runs the WGI-competing Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble in addition to the Broncos Stampede and Broncos Brass, the official drum line and brass ensemble of the NFL’s Denver Broncos.