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Spark! Ideas Conference at Corps Encore

$50.00$75.00

The Spark! Ideas Conference is an exhilarating afternoon of creative inspiration designed for marching band directors, music instructors, college students; anyone who wants to refuel a passion for music performance and expand their professional network. The conference–produced by Ascend Performing Arts–is entering its 3rd year as a part of Ascend Education efforts. This year’s Spark! is sponsored in part by KHS America “Academic Alliance”, Jupiter BrassMapex PercussionMajestic Percussion and the Utah Music Educators Association. Learn more about Spark! Ideas Conference at Drums Along the Rockies here.

This session will be at the following location:
  1. Corps Encore: July 11, 2018 at Weber State University, Ogden, UT
The Spark! conference fee is $75 for general admission, $50 for university students includes:
  • Access to Spark! conference
  • A meal and refreshments
  • A “premium ticket” to the show (either Drums Along the Rockies) PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO LIMITED SEATING, PREMIUM TICKET IS NOT GUARANTEED AND MAY BE SUBSTITUTED WITH ANY TICKET AT SHOW EVENT. 

Conference Fee:

  • General Admission:
    • Early Bird (before June 1st): $75
    • At the Door: $85
  • Student Admission:
    • Early Bird (before June 1st): $50
    • At the Door: $60

Additional premium tickets for Corps Encore can be purchased for Spark! guests not attending the conference. Contact tickets@ascendperformingarts.org to order your tickets.


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Conference Facilitators include:

  • Kevin Shah is the Music Coordinator, Percussion Composer & Arranger for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps. Kevin Shah is an active designer and educator in the the world of the marching arts. As a composer for winds and percussion, Kevin owns and operates www.projectRISEmusic.com, which features many of his works for marching band and percussion ensemble. Kevin is very involved in winter percussion and is the music designer for Arcadia High School and  Broken City Percussion. Kevin also serves on both the WGI Board of Directors and Percussion Steering Committee. As a longtime fan of drum corps, Kevin marched bass drum with Pacific Crest in 1999 and 2000 and aged out with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2002. Kevin served as the Sound Designer for the Bluecoats from 2010 – 2013, and was the Front Ensemble Arranger for the Mandarins in 2013 and 2014. Kevin joined the Blue Knights in 2014 and serves as Music Coordinator and as a Composer/Arranger. Kevin also serves on the DCI Rules and Systems Task Force (RSTF). Kevin holds a B.M. in percussion performance from UCLA where he studied with Mitchell Peters, and an M.M. in percussion performance from the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Greg Zuber, Daniel Druckman, Gordon Gottlieb, Joseph Pereira, and Roland Kohloff. Kevin is a Yamaha Performing Artist and also endorses ProMark Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads and Sabian Cymbals.

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