The inaugural Mile High Drum & Percussion Festival on May 1, 2016 was a success thanks to the hard-working team from Ascend Performing Arts and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra for hosting this first-ever drum fest.
It was a unique opportunity in the Denver area for percussionists of all ages to experience everything involved in the world of percussion from jazz to marching drum line to the orchestra and everything in between. Tearing down boundaries between the various genres, we want a non-competitive atmosphere to celebrate all that falls under the umbrella of drumming or percussion. This event brought together artists, educators, vendors, and students for a day of workshops, performances that will expose students to the opportunities and styles that are available to them. Participants had a special opportunity to experience many different forms of percussion or drumming that they may not have been exposed to and open up some new possibilities. This event was produced by Ascend Performing Arts (website) and Denver Young Artists Orchestra (website).
Thank you to our clinicians and artists: Ted Atkatz, Carl Dixon, Steve Hearn, Rick Henson, William Hill, Dr. Eric Hollenbeck, Russ Meissner, Mike Nevin, Dr. Julie Strom, Rashid Williams, Rocky Mountain Steel Drums, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble.
Also, special thanks to our partners Mapex & Majestic Marching Percussion, Vic Firth, Zildjian Company, Legacy Drum Shop, Littleton Drum Studio, Lodo Drum Guy, DrumsWest, Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, Denver Percussion, Percussion Concepts, Rupp’s Drums, and Englewood High School Pirate Band.
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