Ascend Performing Arts would like to thank the following Partners for their contributions and support to the Blue Knights programs and our show events. Businesses that directly support the Blue Knights are recognized as Corporate Sponsors. The following are Corporate Sponsors of Ascend Performing Arts. Want to become a Partner? Click here!
Jupiter Brass, Mapex Drums, Majestic Percussion Supplier of brass and percussion instruments for our drum and bugle corps and percussion ensemble
Working under a philosophy to support music education and community since 1930, Jupiter’s parent company, KHS Musical Instruments Co., Ltd., has become one of the largest musical instrument producers in the world today. Incorporating some of the fastest growing brands today, KHS offers a full line of quality instruments to school music programs and individual players.
D’Addario is the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories marketed under several product brands: D’Addario Fretted, D’Addario Accessories, D’Addario Orchestral, D’Addario Woodwinds, Promark Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, and Puresound Snarewires. A family-owned and operated business with roots dating back to the 17th century, D’Addario now has over 1,100 employees worldwide and manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S., while utilizing Toyota’s Lean manufacturing principles. D’Addario musical accessories are distributed in 120 countries, serve more than 3,000 U.S. retailers, all major e-commerce sites, and are the preferred choice of musicians worldwide, like Keith Urban, Zak Brown, Alabama Shakes, Dave Matthews, Gary Clark Jr., Chris Thile, Ry Cooder, Joe Satriani and more.
Believing that music is part of a well-rounded education, the D’Addario Foundation has dedicated millions of dollars over the last 30 years to bridge the gap in our education system for countless children to have access to quality music education programs. D’Addario also continues to reinforce its role as a social and environmental leader in the music industry, with initiatives such as Playback (an extension of our Players Circle program) and PlayPlantPreserve.
Evans Drumheads is a company based in the United States for over 40 years famed for their drumheads. Owned by D’Addario, whom also makes instrument strings and woodwind reeds, makes the heads. Along with Evans, D’Addario also owns Pro-Mark and Pure Sound Percussion.
The Promark company was founded in 1957 by Herb Brochstein, a professional drummer and drum shop owner. Promark has always been a family business and so continues with the 2011 purchase by D’Addario & Company from Herb’s son Maury. The offices and factory remain in Houston, Texas; manufacturing hickory, maple and Japanese Shira Kashi™ Oak (Promark was the first American drumstick company to successfully market sustainable Japanese Oak) drumsticks in its modern 90,000 square foot facility.
Promark uses only un-endangered wood in the manufacturing of its sticks and mallets. The harvesting of our hardwoods is carefully controlled, with replenishment of the forest as one of our top concerns. Prior to becoming drumsticks, the wood goes through a multitude of selection and pre-finishing processes at our own mill in the mid-south, followed by rigorous inspections throughout the manufacturing process.
Zildjian supplier of cymbals, sounds, and gongs for our drum and bugle corps and percussion ensemble
Avedis Zildjian forged his first cymbal in 1623, and the legacy he began continues to this day. From father to son and mother to daughter, successive generations of the Zildjian family have continued our founder’s tradition of creating the finest cymbals money can buy.
Pageantry Innovations is a producer of props, pit carts, and more that supports our drum and bugle corps and percussion ensemble
Pageantry Innovations understand the frustration with time limits, set-ups and tear-downs, and the line judges that forget to say, “Go.” They have taken an idea, run with a concept, and stressed about making it a reality. From frames and ramps to custom pieces of art, bring Pageantry Innovations your concept and they will help take you and your group to the championships.
Pickett Brass is a supplier of custom built mouthpieces for our drum and bugle corps brass line
Founded by Peter Pickett in 1999, Pickett Brass specializes in developing custom mouthpieces for all brass instruments using state of the art equipment and techniques in producing world class mouthpieces.
Director’s Showcase International is a supplier of shoes, color guard equipment, gloves and band supplies for our drum and bugle corps and percussion ensemble
Director’s Showcase International (DSI) is the leading wholesale distributor of marching band accessories, guard equipment, and concert & choral attire. Our most notable brands include the MTX marching shoe, Viper marching shoe, Velocity marching shoe, Command Center podiums, Ever-Dri performance gloves, Ever-Jazz dance shoe, StarLite 2 dance boot, Excalibur Sabre and Elite Rifles. For over 30 years DSI has supplied products to schools, band boosters, students and teachers around the globe.
The Band Hall was established in 1997 by Keith Hall. The offices and production facilities are located at 1727 Elm Hill Pike in Nashville, Tennessee. With customers in all 50 states, The Band Hall continues to provide the highest quality uniforms and accessories to marching bands, drum corps and color guards.
Award & Sign supplies age-out plaques, member jackets and other recognition for our drum and bugle corps and percussion ensemble
Established in 1987, Award & Sign is a women owned business. Their values revolve around integrity, knowledge and responsibility. They have an on-site production facility, as well as a large showroom. Customers can feel confident, whether their organization is big or small, the Award & Sign Team will help motivate and inspire employees and customers.
Winter Guard Tarps is capable of producing custom sized and designed winter floor tarps, backdrops, or front drops with ease. Lean on our more than twenty years of industry experience to make sure you get a great looking product for your marching band or winter ensemble.
Creative Costuming Designs helps provide costume uniforms for our percussion ensemble
Creative Costuming & Designs specializes in producing quality costumes with customized designs and materials so your team’s costumes are one of a kind.
Heartland Trailways is the official transportation provider for our drum and bugle corps
Heartland Trailways has been providing professional quality and service in group ground transportation since 1988. With over 25 luxury motor coaches and over 60 employees to serve you, Heartland is poised to provide your group with our own brand of what we call being “Driven by Excellence”.
Colorado Creative Industries provides financial support through a grant for our drum corps and indoor percussion programs.
Ascend Performing Arts has received a grant of $10,000 for general operating support from Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
INVESTING in after school and summer programs is investing in the success of our kids and the strength of our city.
Organizations or individuals who donate (cash or “in-kind”) to Ascend Performing Arts are Sponsors. The following partners are Sponsors of Ascend Performing Arts. Learn how you can become a Sponsor here!
MakeMusic provides access to SmartMusic and Finale platforms for performers and staff in the Blue Knights ensembles.
Our mission is to develop innovative solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned, and performed. More than a software company, MakeMusic is a collection of people and personalities who share a passion for music. Music is all we do and we do it better than anyone else.
Brining Music to Life collects donated musical instruments, repairs them and then awards those instruments to deserving schools throughout Colorado.
Bringing Music to Life enriches the lives of Colorado children and their communities by collecting, repairing and distributing donated musical instruments to schools and music programs, providing children who otherwise might not have the opportunity with the benefits that come from learning to play.
Halftime Magazine highlights the sights, sounds and spirit of the marching arts covering high school, college, drum corps, indoor percussion, winter guard and more.
The bimonthly print magazine and interactive website enhances marching participants’ love of music and performance by providing education, entertainment and inspiration.