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PASIC 2011

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on 22/11/11
Indianapolis Convention Center
November 9-12, 2011


The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) is the largest percussion event in the world, featuring over 120 concerts, clinics, master classes, labs, workshops, panels and presentations. This year marked the 50th anniversary of PAS.

The finest artists from around the world were invited to present and perform at PASIC. The program showcases all areas of percussion, including drumset, marching, keyboard, symphonic, world, recreational, education, music technology, new music and health & wellness.

The convention's International Drum and Percussion Expo is held annually, with more than 120 exhibitors showcasing the latest in percussion instruments, gear, publications and services. Three giveaways each day over the three-day Expo kept the SABIAN booth buzzing with eager attendees – those who visited our booth were able to enter for a chance to win a 16” AAX X-Plosion Fast Crash signed by SABIAN President Andy Zildjian. The top 10 Players’ Choice cymbals also made their public debut on the SABIAN booth – visitors could test the cymbals and vote for their favorite picks using their mobile devices by visiting www.cymbalvote.com.

Mantra Percussion, featuring SABIAN Artist Michael McCurdy, helped kick off the four-day convention with a Wednesday night performance of "Timber for 6 percussionists", by Michael Gordon.

Thursday was a day of clinics featuring the Contemporary Ensemble Showcase Concert “Catfish” with Aiyun Huang, a World Clinic and Performance of “The Bongo Project – the New Frontier of Bongo” with Lerryns Hernández Medina, and a performance of “Timbrack Quartet” featuring Anthony DiSanza and Alison Shaw. Other performances included Jason Baker’s “A Minute of News”, William Moersch’s “Merlin” and Jauvon Gilliam’s Symphonic Clinic. The Bob Becker Ensemble (also featuring SABIAN Artist Bill Cahn) presented a Keyboard Showcase Concert which was very well attended – it was standing-room only!

Thursday afternoon drew to a close with Dr. Daniel Moore directing the University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble as they presented a New Percussion Literature Session. Later that evening, Craig Hetrick performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the Hilbert Circle Theater – it was the PAS world premiere of Joseph Shwantner’s “Concerto #2 for Percussion Section, Timpani and Orchestra”, commissioned for the 50th Anniversary of PAS. And as if that wasn’t enough entertainment for one evening, Mantra Percussion also performed “Timber for Six 2x4s” at the Arts Garden.

Michael Schutz kicked off Friday’s clinics with an Electronic/Technology lab called “Creative Uses for Technology in College Percussion Teaching”. German drummer Claus Hessler presented his drumset master class, “Open Handed Playing”, to a very receptive audience. Nashville drummer Rich Redmond pumped up the crowd with his professional development session, “A Drummer’s CRASH Course For Success”, providing tips on becoming a successful touring and recording drummer. Jim Riley’s “From the Basement to the Stage” drumset clinic was both entertaining and informative. Rich Holly, the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University, presented a professional development clinic, “Majoring in Music: All the Stuff You Need to Know”, a wonderful clinic for prospective music students.

The packed Sagamore room grooved to “Latin, Jazz & Beyond”, a drumset showcase concert performed by Bobby Sanabria & ¡Quarteto Ache'! Special guest Walfredo De Los Reyes was unable to perform, but was in attendance for the upbeat concert. Later that afternoon Fred Dinkins presented his drumset master class “How to Master Good Time”, while Marcus Santos performed with the Rhythm of the Americas Trio, and Jim Yakas taught “Keyboard FUNdamentals”.

The last day of PASIC 2011 provided several interesting clinics and performances, including Nicholas Papador’s “Spectral Percussions: Contemporary Concepts of Timbre and Time”, and “Exploring Indoor Percussion” with WGI World Champions Rhythm X and SABIAN endorser Tim Fairbanks. Brian West directed the Texas Christian University (TCU) Percussion Orchestra Competition Showcase Concert. In total, the TCU Percussion Orchestra has commissioned and/or premiered 19 pieces in recent years and is working on four new pieces to premiere in upcoming seasons.

Internationally recognized recording artist, producer and educator Michael Spiro presented a World Clinic/Performance, exploring the triplet feel in Afro-Centric music. A noon-hour Marching Panel Discussion showcased Dennis DeLucia, Ralph Hardimon and others while they discussed the most significant changes in marching percussion within the past 50 years.

Cora Coleman-Dunham kicked off the afternoon with an upbeat drumset clinic, while Alison Shaw presented “The Timpanist’s Ear”, an aural skills approach to Timpani. Kirk Gay taught Timpani FUNdamentals, a tuning and technique clinic and Eric Millstein presented a Xylophone and Tambourine Symphonic Lab. The final lab of PASIC was for Symphonic Timpani, presented by Earl Yowell.

One of the final Drumset Master Classes of the conference was Larry Lelli’s “Playing in the Pits”, a discussion and demonstration of what you need to know about drumming in Broadway musicals. Directed by Michael Spiro, the Indiana University World Percussion Ensemble performed their Competition Showcase Concert while The Mass Steel Band, featuring SABIAN artists Liam Teague and Jim Royle, performed their World Showcase Concert. The Hall of Fame Celebration on Friday night honored SABIAN Endorser Jimmy Cobb, while the PAS President’s Industry Award was presented to Memo Acevedo. SABIAN/PASIC 2011 Scholarship winner Noam Bierstone from Montreal, Quebec was given the opportunity to attend PASIC, and he stayed busy throughout the weekend, taking in all the clinics and performances he could manage.

A city and venue change for 2012 will see PASIC move to Austin, TX from October 31–Nov 3, 2012. The SABIAN team looks forward to the warm trip south! See you there in 2012!

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