July 13, 2024 - Ft. Collins, CO

Drums Along the Rockies

This summer, Drums Along the Rockies returns to the newest, most incredible college stadium in the nation! Canvas Stadium on the CSU campus will host an all-star lineup of drum corps on July 13th including the Blue Devils, Santa Clara Vanguard and Colorado’s own Blue Knights. This state-of-the-art stadium features incredible seating options for any budget, from bleachers to fully upholstered chairs, as well as two unique seating zones: the New Belgium Porch in the north end zone and the OCR Club right on the 50 at field level!  Come see drum corps like never before and join us this summer on July 13th.

Drums Along the Rockies
Canvas Stadium at CSU


July 13th, 2024

751 W Pitkin St, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Seating Map

Drums Along the Rockies 2024 Price Map


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Loge Boxes

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Performing Groups

Blue Knights – Denver, CO
Blue Devils – Concord, CA
Santa Clara Vanguard – Santa Clara, CA
Mandarins – Sacramento, CA
Troopers – Casper, WY
Pacific Crest – Seattle, WA
The Academy – Tempe, AZ
Genesis – Austin, TX
The Battalion – Salt Lake City, UT
Seattle Cascades – Seattle, WA


4:00 p.m.   Box Office open at Stadium
6:00 p.m.   Gates open
7:30 – 7:45   Pre-show featuring the Broncos Brass and Stampede Drumline
7:45 – 8:00   Announcements
8:00 – 8:05   National Anthem
8:05 – 8:25   Genesis
8:25 – 8:45   Troopers
8:45 – 8:55   Intermission
8:55 – 9:15   Mandarins
9:15 – 9:25   Hall of Fame Presentation
9:25 – 9:45   Blue Knights

parking now available!

Reserved parking spots ranging from $30-$10 are now available! Choose the lot you want and grab a hassle free parking pass for easy access to Canvas Stadium. First-come first-served free parking is also available day of.

make it a weekend

Stay the night or weekend at the Fort Collins Hilton! Book a room at the discounted rate of $169 per night. Rooms are available July 11-14. Hotel parking is also available for $8/per day with discount code "Drums". The deal ends June 14th so book now.

Big Brass

Big Brass

Sections 233, 234 (rows 12-19)

Enjoy the ultimate in drum corps as a spectator with tickets in our Big Brass section. These seats are the best in the stadium—centered on the 50 and high enough to see all the action. Watch the show in comfort from Canvas Stadium’s premier seating area featuring high-back, upholstered stadium seats. The Big Brass ticket includes:

  • Access to the Big Brass reception, held before the show in the field-level OCR Club.
  • Premium stadium entry—quickest entry into the stadium through the West entrance
  • Continued access to the OCR Club during the show, for the ultimate in field-level views!
  • Access to interior Stadium Club level for food and drink.
  • Big Brass Swag Bag


Premium Stadium Entry – West

OCR Club Access

Stadium Club Access

Big Brass Swag Bag

Loge Boxes

Contact (800) 491-RAMS (7267) for more info

Loge Box

You’ve never experienced drum corps like this!  If you’re coming with a group or a family, a loge box may be for you. These seating areas feature free-standing rolling chairs, and ample counter space–perfect for a group of friends or a family. Loge box pricing is per box, and is based off the number of seats per box and proximity to the center of the stadium.  Please call the Canvas Stadium box office to inquire about purchasing a loge box. Loge boxes also include:

  • Premium stadium entry—quickest entry into the stadium through the West entrance.
  • Access to the OCR Club during the show, for the ultimate in field-level views!
  • Access to interior Stadium Club level for food and drink.

Pricing Available by Request

Premium Stadium Entry – West

OCR Club Access

Stadium Club Access

Elite Field View

Sections 232, 233, 234, 235

The Elite seating areas feature the same high back, upholstered seats as the Big Brass area, and are some of the best seats in the stadium.  Seats in the Elite area will receive:

  • Premium stadium entry—quickest entry into the stadium through the West entrance.
  • Access to the OCR Club during the show, for the ultimate in field-level views!
  • Access to interior Stadium Club level for food and drink.

$110 – $115

Premium Stadium Entry – West

OCR Club Access

Stadium Club Access


Standard Seats

Sections 131 – 138

Standard seating is our lower level seating area. These sections get you closer to the action, and still feature standard chair-back stadium seating.

$45 – $60

Standard North Gate Entry

Concourse-level Concessions


Sections 129, 130, 229, 230, 237, 238, 239

Economy seating is our best value. These sections are found on both the first and second level, and feature standard bleacher seats. They’re perfect for large groups looking for a deal on great drum corps!

$25 – $45

Standard North Gate Entry

Concourse-level Concessions

Group TIckets:
Use code "group24" for $10 off a ticket
when buying 20+ tickets


NOTE: No refunds or exchanges. Drum corps is an outside activity and as such is at the mercy of the weather. This performance is one stop of many on the DCI tour and corps are unable to reschedule their itineraries in the event of a delay or cancellation.

Why did Drums Along the Rockies move to Ft. Collins?
Due to the incredibly high amount of major touring acts coming into Empower Field @ Mile High this summer, there were unavoidable conflicts.  In addition, the stadium could not guarantee the state of the grass field due to the packed summer performance schedule.  Because of this, we made the move to what we believe will be an incredible venue for drum corps–Canvas Stadium on the CSU campus.  
What is the Stadium Club, OCR and New Belgium Patio?

The Stadium Club is an interior area behind the Big Brass, Elite and Premium sections.  It features seating areas and a full bar with concessions.


The OCR Club is only available to Big Brass and Elite ticket holders.  This indoor/outdoor area is on the 50 at field level, and features a full bar.  Ticket holders can access the OCR any time after the show has begun to get a field level view of the action!


The New Belgium Patio is at the north end zone and is a bar/seating area that is open to all ticket holders.  

How do I get ADA tickets?
For ADA tickets, please call the CSU box office at (800) 491-RAMS (7267).  Box office hours are Monday – Friday, 9 – 5.  
How will I receive my tickets?

Colorado State Athletics moved to digital tickets and parking in 2021. Once purchased, you can access and transfer your tickets from your account at CSURams.com/MyAccount.

Can I still get group tickets?

Yes!  We are offering discounted tickets for groups of 20+.  Use the code GROUP24 for extra savings!

What are Canvas Stadium's policies?
CSU is a no-tobacco university.  Vaping, non-nicotine vaping, and the use of tobacco, including smoking, chewing, and e-cigarettes, are not allowed on any CSU grounds or in buildings, in compliance with the 2018 governor’s executive order.  
Absolutely no prohibited items are allowed into Canvas Stadium. Even if a prohibited item is in a clear bag, it is still prohibited. Fans will not be permitted to enter the stadium with any prohibited items. It is recommended that fans familiarize themselves with the prohibited items, and ensure they do not have any of the items when getting in line to enter the stadium.  PLEASE NOTE: only disposable, crushable water bottles without caps are allowed in the stadium.
Colorado State will continue utilizing metal detectors upon entering Canvas Stadium. Colorado State University requires that all guests and employees entering the stadium pass through a metal detector. Alternative accommodations for screening will be provided to those who need it. Guests who refuse screening will be denied entry. Fans are encouraged to arrive at events early in order to avoid delays.
Are there concessions available?
Yes, Canvas Stadium will have multiple food and drink concession stands open on the main concourse as well as in the Stadium Club.  In addition, beverages can be purchased in the OCR Club and New Belgium Patio.
Where can I buy souveniers & corps merch?

Support the drum corps and purchase new apparel and souvenirs from the touring corps! The corps merch booths will be along the main concourse.

Can I volunteer?

Yes! We are seeking volunteers to assist with this event. Those who are involved in supporting the event will get free access to the show (gate entry only and access to the stands – not a ticketed seat) and the Merchandise Marketplace. Volunteer related questions can be sent to Michelle at Volunteer@AscendPerformingArts.org.

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Ken Adams


Mark Arnold is one of the longest-serving Directors in Drum Corps International, serving as Executive Director of the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps since 1985 and as CEO of Ascend Performing Arts since 2010.

Under his leadership the Blue Knights organization has developed into one of the premier Drum and Bugle Corps in the history of the activity, recognized Internationally for excellence and innovation in the performing arts. Through the years the Blue Knights has expanded its programing and now serves thousands of young musicians and performers annually in multiple performing ensembles, events and educational programs under the umbrella of the Ascend Performing Arts.

In addition to shaping the course of Ascend Performing Arts, Mark also has played an integral role in the ongoing development and successes of Drum Corps International as a collective. He served as chairman of the DCI Board of Directors in 1994 and again from 2008 to 2013. Mark was honored as Corps Director of the Year in 2004, and was the inaugural recipient of the George Bonfiglio Chairman’s Award at the 2012 DCI World Championships, which is given to an individual each year who demonstrates extraordinary leadership and service on behalf of DCI and its performing drum corps.  Mark was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Blue Knights Hall of Fame in 2019.

Prior to his position with the Blue Knights, Mark was the Assistant Director of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from 1978 through 1983, serving alongside Director Jim Jones, one of the founders of Drum Corps International and an inaugural member of the DCI Hall of Fame.  Mr. Arnold has a degree in Music Education from the University of Wyoming and taught High School Music in Wyoming and Nebraska from 1979 through 1985.
Mark Arnold


Scott Factor has served on the Ascend Performing Arts Board from 2012 to 2018 as a voting member in various positions including Vice-Chairman. Since 2019 my role has been in an Advisory position.

Outside of Ascend Performing Arts i am Senior Account Executive for Baxter HealthCare.
Scott Factor


I am currently an Ascend Board Member-at-Large.  I have been a volunteer with the Blue Knights since 2013.  I have been serving on the BoD since 2019.  I retired from the United States Postal Service in 2010.  Although I have never marched drum corps I am an avid fan of the activity and thoroughly support our members in any way that I can.  “We Go On”!!! 

Neil Corvino


Board member Kathy Black is an attorney in New Mexico practicing as a full-time litigator focused on employment and civil rights defense. She came to the law as a second career after twenty-five years in high tech with NCR Corporation, doing everything from operating systems programming to Vice President positions in engineering, customer services, and sales. She earned her JD from Lewis & Clark Law School and her BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Ms. Black is active as a percussionist in the Albuquerque area. Way back in 1978 she marched with the Guardsmen, including at DCI Finals in Denver.  After many years of being just a drum corps fan, she was elected to the Drum Corps International Board of Directors in January 2016 and served on that board until January 2022, including three years as chair. 

Kathy Black


Bryant’s path to the Ascend Board of Directors, which began in 2021 as a member-at-large, traces back to his childhood. Watching the Reading Buccaneers senior drum corps practice near his grandparents’ home ignited a lifelong passion, and a student of all thing’s percussion.

Years later a family move to Colorado provided Bryant with a platform to display his passion, both on the stage with the nationally acclaimed Green Earth Percussion Ensemble and on the field as a snare drummer with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps until his age-out year in 1984.

In his professional career as the Senior Director of Strategic Accounts at Yokohama Tire Co., Bryant credits the principles instilled by the marching arts and years on tour for his success. On a personal level, the arts played an even larger role, where Bryant met his wife, Stephanie. The Rankin’s currently make their home in South Carolina, enjoying time with their grown children, two incredible grandchildren, and their beloved brown lab, Zoey.
Bryant Rankin


Retired, Director, Office of Research and Analysis, Colorado Department of Revenue Ms. Archibeque served 26 years in the area of statistical analysis for the Colorado Department of Revenue and Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Her skills in this area assist the board in developing a strategy for statistical analysis in the area of program evaluation. She has also been a significant volunteer managing and working with volunteers for the organization and will assist the board in understanding the complex nature of the organization. Her personal experiences as a minority and female can inform and promote a more inclusive environment and agenda for the projects that the board supports.

Janet Archibeque


Rob Batchelder was appointed to the Ascend Performing Arts Board of Directors in May 2023, and currently serves as Vice Chair. As a member of the Senior Foreign Service, Rob has represented the United States overseas in India, Poland, Germany, Argentina, Nicaragua, Jamaica, and Namibia during a diplomatic career spanning nearly 30 years. He currently serves as Managing Director for Visa Services in the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington, DC. Rob marched in the Blue Knights hornline in 1987 and 1988, and he was Drum Major in 1989. He and his family live in Alexandria, Virginia, but his heart still yearns for Colorado.

Rob Batchelder