2017 Friendship Cup – Fountain-Fort Carson Information

FOUNTAIN-FORT CARSON, CO – The first-ever Friendship Cup Scholastic Marching Band Competition at Fountain-Fort Carson High School kicks-off on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017. Schedule and details are listed below for those units participating for this marching band contest. Bands are classified by band size and will compete against bands their own size. Results for this show will be posted on this page when confirmed by contest officials.

The Fountain-Fort Carson show is sponsored by Ascend Performing Arts and the Fountain-Fort Carson High School Band (website). Special thanks to band director, Jason Nitsch, his staff and band parents for providing excellent support for this event.

BK Marketplace

BKMarketplaceGroupPic-2015Check out the BK Marketplace merchandise booth at the Friendship Cup that will have Blue Knights merchandise, band-related t-shirts, and promoting of the upcoming BKXperience-Audition! Clinics. Funds raised will go into the Ascend Performing arts general operating fund to be used for all Blue Knights ensembles and Ascend Events such as Drums Along the RockiesCorps Encore, and future Friendship Cup shows. Check out this job opening: BK Marketplace Booth Team Member!


Chief Judge: Dr. Ed Cannava
Music Individual: Mark Emery Gary Hall
Music Ensemble: Matt Drase Dr. Ed Cannava
Music GE 1: Gary Hall Matt Drase
Music GE 2: Dr. Ed Cannava Mark Emery
Visual Individual: Jenn Carasco Amy Lueb
Visual Ensemble: Mike O’Neil Tom Beresford (NY)
Visual GE Tom Beresford (NY) Mike O’Neil
Percussion: Shilo Stroman Shilo Stroman
Color Guard: Amy Lueb Jenn Carrasco

Announcer: Mr. John Whelchel


Show admission is $8 for Prelims and $10 for Finals (available at the spectator gate for General Admission which starts at 4:30pm). Student ID’s, Military ID’s and Seniors (65 and older) get $2 off advertised price. Children 5 and under are FREE. Get a combo ticket (for both Prelims and Finals) for $15 for Adults and $13 for Students, Military, and Seniors.

Cash and credit cards will be accepted at ticket sales outlet at stadium.

 Gates open at 9:15am and 2:30pm.


Bands are encouraged to arrive at least 90 minutes early for parking, check-in, and warm-up (60 minutes scheduled). The order of bands in prelims was determined based on band size and registration submission dates, after accommodating special requests. Scores will be posted on a poster board as soon as they are received from the judges. The finals lineup will be announced and posted as soon as all the scores are in.

NOTE: Scheduled updated as of September 21, 2017.

Time Band (Class)
1 9:45am John Mall (A) EXHIBITION
2 10:00am Sand Creek (AA)
3 10:15am Harrison (AA)
4 10:30am Castle View (AAA)
10:45am *BREAK*
5 11:00am Falcon (AA)
6 11:15am Widefield (AAA)
7 11:30am Mesa Ridge (AAAA)
9 11:45am Canon City (AAAA)
10 12:00pm Fountain-Fort Carson (AA)
12:15pm – 2:45pm  *LUNCH BREAK*
Gates Open 2:30pm Reverse order of score
1 3:00pm Sand Creek (leave early for homecoming) AA
2 3:15pm Fountain-Fort Carson  AA
3 3:30pm Castle View  AAA
4 3:45pm Widefield  AAA
4:00pm *BREAK*
5 4:15pm Harrison  AA
6 4:30pm Canyon City  AAAA
7 4:45pm Mesa Ridge  AAAA
5:20pm *Retreat DM Only*

*NOTE: Results for this show will be posted on this page when confirmed by contest officials.


» Operations Director: Doug.Kelley@AscendPerformingArts.org / 720.308.7169

» Host: Fountain-Fort Carson HS Band 


Fountain-Fort Carson High School