From November 9 -12, Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana was home to over 5,100 percussionists and industry leaders from around the world as the 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Percussive Arts Society (PAS). Showing the true international aspect of PASIC, attendees traveled from 30 different countries to experience over 130 events in four days of clinics, concerts, master classes, performances and meetings from leading leaders, educators and artists in the field of percussion. This year’s convention covered all aspects of the music world from academic research, drumset, orchestra, marching, world, jazz, and interactive drumming for attendees of varying abilities.

The International Drum and Percussion Expo continued placing itself as the world’s premier industry expo dedicated solely to percussion-related products with exhibitors ranging from manufacturers to publishers to the top retail stores in the nation. PASIC 2011 included many new product announcements during the convention by some of the largest names in the industry. With 114 exhibitors, in line with 2010 exhibitor registrants, PASIC 2011 witnessed substantial growth in overall square footage used by the exhibitors.

Highlights from PASIC included special sessions in celebration of Percussive Arts Society’s 50th Anniversary. Wednesday evening’s concert featured new and important percussion chamber works from the past 50 years. PASIC attendees filled Hilbert Circle Theatre, home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Thursday for the world premiere performance of the Percussive Arts Society-commissioned Percussion Concerto No. 2 for Percussion Section, Timpani and Orchestra by Joseph Schwantner. Friday and Saturday included the return of the Marimba Orchestra and the Mass Steel Drum Band, each performing to packed rooms.

In a moving evening celebration Jimmy Cobb, Dick Schory and Tom Siwe were inducted into the impressive PAS Hall of Fame, which recognizes the contributions of the most highly regarded professional leaders in percussion performance, education, research, scholarship, administration, composition and industry. Other highlights of PASIC included over 80 high school and collegiate ensembles and soloists participating in the annual PAS Marching Percussion Festival; the raucous Closing Drum Circle Saturday evening; and many impromptu gatherings of percussionists throughout downtown Indianapolis.

“PASIC 2011 was the perfect close to a year of celebrating our first 50 years as the leading percussion organization in the world. Our conventions truly reflect our values and mission of advancing percussion performance, education and awareness. Throughout PASIC, there was a terrific sense of camaraderie among performers, teachers and students. Whether watching the brilliant young artists perform in the solo competition, or learning from master artists and performers from the hottest bands to the great orchestras, PASIC presents the highest level and leading edge in percussion performance and education.” stated Michael Kenyon, Executive Director of Percussive Arts Society.

PASIC 2012 will be held in Austin, Texas from October 31 through November 3, 2012 at the Austin Convention Center and PASIC returns to Indianapolis in 2013. Artist applications from PASIC 2012 are being accepted online at through December 15, 2011 and exhibitor packets will be made available in February 2012.
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