After 14 years of competing, Black Knights entered 2006 as a corps which has proved it is a force to be reckoned with. Its history has shown that no matter what the problem, the corps will always have members that will be there to support it through thick and thin. BK has seen hard times and good times, but through everything its members have been enthusiastic and motivated. Truly admirable qualities.
2006 saw many new faces appearing from the start and soon shaped up to be one of the best years in the corps history. Emma Weir continued as Coordinator and the staff line from 2005 all continued working with the corps, with the addition of 2 experienced brass staff in Simon Hastings and Eoin O’Keefe. The 2006 production “Infinite Knightmares” was made up of various compositions by Danny Elfman, including music from the soundtracks of Edward Scissorhands, Spiderman, Sleepy Hollow and Beetlejuice.
The show developed throughout the season and was undoubtedly one of the very strongest shows BK has ever fielded, filled with effect and the usual BK energy. This was reflected with the first undefeated season BK had achieved since BYBA in the early 90’s. The DCUK Season ended with BK finally getting their hands on the Open Class Championship, with an impressive score of 92.7.
2006 would also see BK attend their first European based competition since 1998 (DCN) and represent the UK in great style with a very solid performance (6th place – 71.85).
2006 was a very demanding year with the corps rehearsing 2 days a week most weekends, as well as journeying to the continent to perform for Dynasty. The hard work was worth it for the product at the end of the season, a very proud moment for all who have been involved with the corps over the years.
This year the show was called ‘Knights at War’, and included a selection of songs from the two world wars. The songs were, Pack up your Troubles, White Cliffs of Dover, and Goodbye-ee. The show attempted to re-create the feeling of camaraderie during the two wars, and which is almost lost to us today, except perhaps in banding/drum corps. They achieved second place in DCUK, and Third place in BYBA finals.