About Ancient City Ensemble

Based in Trenton, FL, Ancient City Ensemble is an Independent Open Class indoor percussion ensemble in Florida that serves students ages 15-22. Through intense percussion instruction, performance, and competition in the pageantry arts, Ancient City strives to produce young adults with a strong work ethic, refined leadership skills, and the ability to work with their peers towards a common goal. Ancient City competes locally in the Florida Federation of Color Guards Circuit (FFCC) and internationally in Winter Guard International (WGI)

THROUGH the years

  • 2017 WGI World Championships PIO Semifinalist
  • 2016 WGI World Championships PIO Semifinalist
  • 2016 FFCC Championships PIO Silver Medalist
  • 2015 WGI World Championships PIO Semifinalist
  • 2015 FFCC Championships PIO Silver Medalist
  • 2014 WGI World Championships PIO Finalist
  • 2014 FFCC Championships PIO Silver Medalist
  • 2013 WGI World Championships PIA Finalist
  • 2012 WGI World Championships PIA Finalist
  • 2012 FFCC Championships PIA Gold Medalist

Ancient City Ensemble was founded in the fall of 2011 by Doug and Laura Beard. In its first year of existence, ACE won the gold medal at FFCC championships and became a WGI World Championship A Class Finalist. The second year they repeated as a World Championship A Class Finalist and in February 2014 they were promoted to Open Class. They finished the season strong as a WGI World Championship Finalist with the group's record high score of 87.975.  In 2015, ACE fielded its largest ensemble to date! We are very excited for what the future holds and can't wait to start our eighth season!




Directors - Doug and Laura Beard
Administrative Assistant - Anthony Innocenti


Program Coordinator - Chris Koss
Co-Program Coordinator / Visual Design & Choreography  - Joshua Wendt
Music Program Coordinator / Front Ensemble Arranger / Sound Design - Matt Hahn
Battery Arranger - Leonard Woods
Visual Design & Staging - Jason Nunes

Educational Leadership

Educational and Music Ensemble Coordinator - Chris Koss
Battery Coordinator - Leonard Woods
Battery Assistant Coordinator - Ryan Sayers
Front Ensemble Coordinator - Anthony Innocenti
Visual Coordinator - Josh Wendt
Cast Coordinator - Betsy Koss

Front Ensemble Consultant - Aaron Safer

Technical Staff


Brian Drought - Front Ensemble
Casey Rodney - Front Ensemble
Noah Cole - Battery (Bass)
Hunter Geter - Battery (Bass)
Rafael Gomez - Battery (Cymbals)
Avery Melucci - Battery (Quads)
Jesse Perez - Battery (Snare)
James Pouncey - Battery (Quads)
Christian Travieso - Battery (Ensemble)


Allie Davison


Ancient City Ensemble is an affiliate of Pageantry Arts Concepts, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. PAC is devoted exclusively to the creation, development, and competitive performance of the musical and dance talents of the youth of the communities it serves.

PAC affiliates include: