As you are no doubt aware by now,
Drum Corps International recently announced a decision made by their Voting Membership to cancel the 2020 summer tour which impacted Drums Along the Rockies and Corps Encore show events hosted by Blue Knights and Ascend Performing Arts
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This unprecedented global pandemic will have a major impact upon Ascend Performing Arts' ability to welcome thousands of drum corps fans to the shows we host, Corps Encore in Ogden, UT, Drums Along the Rockies-Boise in Boise, ID and Drums Along the Rockies at Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO.
As one of our most loyal supporters, I’m sure this is a very disappointing development just as it is for the thousands of young adults who have dedicated their lives to the Drum Corps Activity.
Ascend Performing Arts is committed to continuing to provide this experience to these young people again in 2021, and for years into the future. We feel this activity plays an important role in society and must be preserved for the young people who chose music and the marching arts as their way to achieve excellence in life.
The cancellation of our drum corps events creates a significant financial challenge for our non-profit performing arts organization. In our 62 year history, this is no doubt the most significant challenge we have ever faced. The support of our fans has been overwhelming and many of you have asked how you can help.
Please consider donating your event ticket to help ensure our drum corps shows continue to provide exciting performances for years to come and to preserve the stage upon which our young performers achieve greatness.
For over 60 years Ascend Performing Arts has diligently planned and has been fiscally responsible with our precious dollars… we just did not plan on a global pandemic.
We have taken drastic measures to cut expenses to ensure that we can continue offering the life-changing drum corps experience for years to come. We have eliminated everything but the absolute bare essentials to keep the organization up and running. However, we are by no means “out of the woods” yet.
Although we will do everything possible to avail ourselves of any and all opportunities afforded to qualifying nonprofit businesses (grants, SBA loans, etc),
our ability to continue will depend heavily on the additional assistance
and generosity of our loyal drum corps fans.
We are working tirelessly in the hope of being able to welcome everyone back in time for the celebration of the 2021 DCI Summer National Tour.
Today, we would like to provide you with options regarding your Drums Along the Rockies and Corps Encore tickets you’ve purchased for the 2020 season.
The most helpful option for Ascend Performing arts would, of course, be to donate your 2020 event ticket purchase back to Ascend Performing Arts as a tax-deductible donation. If you are able to share an additional gift or matching funds contribution beyond the value of your tickets, there is truly no better time than now (
). It would also be a huge help if you could transfer your 2020 tickets to the 2021 season. If you would like a refund of your purchase that is an option as well.
To donate, move forward to 2021, or refund please click on this link to submit: