Drums Along the Rockies set to entertain

Event at stadium features nine elite corps

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The precision, passion and power of nine elite drum corps will be featured at Drums Along the Rockies, a summertime music attraction for more than 50 years.

Produced by Ascend Performing Arts, the evening of marching music pageantry begins at 6:30 p.m. July 13 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St., Denver. The featured groups are affiliated with Drum Corps International, Marching Music's Major League.

The longest-running event in the history of Mile High Stadium, Drums Along the Rockies is regarded as the number-one destination for drum corps fans from across the globe, according to a news release. Competitive drum and bugle corps, whose members range in age from 15-21, stop in Denver on their national tour in preparation for the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis.

Hosted by Denver's Blue Knights, this year's lineup features 15-time DCI World Champions the Blue Devils of Concord, California; The Battalion, Salt Lake City; The Cadets, Allentown, Pennsylvania; Crossmen, San Antonio; Columbians, Tri-Cities, Washington; Pacific Crest, Diamond Bar, California; Seattle Cascades, Seattle; and Troopers, Casper, Wyoming.

From 5-6 p.m., fans are invited to a party in the Warm-Up Zone on the south end of the stadium, featuring a jam session by the Broncos Stampede.

Tickets for Drums Along the Rockies are available at 1-888-306-DRUM (3786) or DrumsAlongtheRockies.com. For information, go to ascendperformingarts.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the stadium ticket office beginning at noon on event day.

Each ticket holder is required to follow the stadium's bag policy: One clear bag no larger than 12-by-6 inches or 12 inches; or a one-gallon clear freezer bag. Fans may carry a small clutch bag or purse no larger than 6.5-by-4.5 inches, with or without a strap.

Founded in 1958 as strictly a “parade corps” by local television stars Fred and Fae Taylor, the Blue Knights today operate under the umbrella of Ascend Performing Arts, a nonprofit performing arts organization that serves thousands of young people through various ensembles and BKXperience clinics.

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