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Summer artistry and music
A dedication to hard work and excellence...
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By the end of the season, we are family

Head Cook - National Musical Tour !

The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps is an internationally recognized pageantry arts performance ensemble consisting of 154 performers ages 17-21 and a touring staff of 60. Join us as we develop and then bring our show to life on tour to over 30 cities. Our highly motivated membership comes to us from around the world and our 53' state of the art mobile kitchen is the social hub while on tour.

Based in Denver, CO, our tour criss crosses the United States to such locations as the Rose Bowl, Denver's Mile High Stadium, the Alamo Dome, Mercedes Dome in Atlanta and shows in over 30 Cities.


At Ascend Performing Arts, we are leaders in the music education industry. The performances of its premier competitive ensemble, the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, during the summer tour season, make countless memories for thousands of fans, worldwide every year. Our talented staff (from music educators to show designers to drivers and cooks) bring rare attention to the details of every aspect that empowers the delivery of world-class entertainment to drum corps audiences.

Ascend Performing Arts is seeking a talented chef who is committed to providing the consistent and exceptional delivery of nutritious meals.  This sustenance is the cornerstone of the ability of corps members to rigorously work and train in order to compete and perform at the highest levels.

The Employee Experience

Working on tour with the Blue Knights is an experience unlike any other. If you love to cook and nurture the creativity of talented individuals with healthy meals, this job is for you.  Our days on tour are beautiful, demanding, inspiring, educational, frustrating, surprising, active, and full of opportunity.  Our 53 foot traveling kitchen accommodates feeding a crowd with amenities that enable efficiency and organization and is the center of social interaction.  At the end of the day, you’ll travel to your next destination comfortably in an Entertainer style coach complete with wi-fi access and Bluetooth capabilities. 

Ideal Candidate

We are searching for an associate who has a strong background in meal planning and preparation for large groups and for those with dietary sensitivities.  This individual is internally motivated and inspired to lead a powerful life of service and integrity; possesses a strong work ethic, a positive attitude, and the ability to handle a physical workload and a fast-paced atmosphere. Our most successful associates are individuals who are team players that enjoy working with a variety of individuals, are passionate about, and enjoy the arts, especially music and dance. 

Because of the highly rigorous experience of life on the road, we look for the following qualities in our staff:

  • LOVES working with young adults. Gains energy from the experience.
  • Abundant energy - physical and emotional
  • Open-minded, flexible, adventurous, and easy-going
  • Active facilitators of goodwill, positivity, and optimism
  • Celebrates being part of a close-knit community - the joys and challenges!

The ideal candidate will be able to work the summer season beginning in mid to late May and going through early August, with a possibility to extend to monthly camps during the winter and spring.

Room and Board

Room and Board

We offer free housing and meals for the Summer 2022 season!

Sleeping accommodations will be on an Entertainer coach (yeah, like rock stars) with laundry facilities available on the mobile kitchen.  It is recommended that you bring your own twin-sized sheets and blankets as we have a limited number available. Guests, family members, and pets are not permitted on the Entertainer coach.

Employee Perks

Internet - Wi-Fi is available on the Entertainer coach.  And you will receive a free staff pass to drum corps international shows in which the Blue Knights compete.  You will have opportunities to watch the Blue Knights perform at field level or watch some world-class drum corps perform from the stands.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Arriving by Air - The nearest airport is Denver International Airport (DEN).  The corps will spend the first 4 weeks rehearsing in Denver. We provide transportation to those arriving by air or bus in Denver (DEN). We ask that you arrive the day before to be ready for pickup on your Check In Day.

For Fun

Being the head tour cook for the Blue Knights means free passes to Drum Corps International shows in which the Blue Knights participate.  Watch world class performances and be an integral part of this mobile community while it moves across the country.  This close-knit community provides the opportunity to meet so many young artists, music educators, and the many people who support this accessible form of music, dance, and the arts.  All who have had this job agree that it makes for an unforgettable summer of community, celebrating the joy of music and performance.

How to Apply

Send questions or send us a cover letter telling us about yourself and your qualifications as well as your resume to: