INDIANAPOLIS, IN – May 30, 2012 – The Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame will induct four percussion artists as the eyes of the percussion world turn to Austin, Texas for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) from October 31-November 3, 2012. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoring the four newest members, will be held Thursday, November 1, 2012 before the PASIC Thursday Evening Concert at the Austin Convention Center. The Class of 2012, featuring four important figures who have shaped the percussion world through their innovations, performances and scholarly work, includes:

John Bergamo has been a major contributor to modern percussion music since the 1960’s as a performer, composer and teacher. Beginning in 1970 until his retirement in 2005, Bergamo served as coordinator of the percussion program at California Institute of the Arts where he became heavily involved in the study of North and South Indian drumming as well as other non-European drumming traditions. Bergamo co-founded two all-percussion groups: The Repercussion Unit in 1976 and The Hand On’Semble in 1997. He has performed with Frank Zappa, Nexus, Ali Akbar Khan, Mickey Hart and John McLaughlin and on a number of soundtracks to Hollywood films.

Hal Blaine may well be the most prolific drummer in rock and roll history. He played on more hit records than any drummer in the rock era, including 40 #1 singles and 150 that made the Top Ten. Eight of the records he played on won Grammys for Record of the Year. He was the most in-demand session drummer in Los Angeles during the 1960'sand early-1970's, and a list of musicians he played with reads like a who’s who of popular music. He is most well known for his affiliation with producer Phil Spector, where he served as the percussive backbone of the “Wrecking Crew,” the nickname for a group of younger studio musicians who recorded many of the popular hits of the era. In March of 2000, Hal Blaine was inducted into the “Rock and Roll” Hall of Fame.

Known as an innovator in funk drumming, David Garibaldi joined American R&B band Tower of Power in 1970 and became one of the most influential drummers of his generation. Garibaldi has appeared in studio and live settings including work for television and film. In addition to his work with Tower of Power, Garibaldi has performed with Patti Austin, Natalie Cole, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, Jermaine Jackson, the Buddy Rich Orchestra, Boz Scaggs, the Yellowjackets and Wishful Thinking.

Gordon Stout is an American percussionist, composer, and educator. Many of Stout’s compositions, including Two Mexican Dances, have become standard repertoire for marimba players worldwide. As a performer, Stout has performed throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe, Japan, Taiwan, and Mexico. Stout studied with John Beck, James Salmon, Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler and Warren Benson. He serves as professor of percussion at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.

The Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame was established in 1972 to recognize the contributions of the most highly regarded leaders in percussion performance, education, research, scholarship, administration, composition and the industry. Inductees demonstrate the highest ideals and professional integrity to their profession to bring about significant events, substantive improvements in the world of percussion, and the betterment of the profession through exemplary services or acts. Visit or call 317-974-4488 for more information on PASIC, The PAS Hall of Fame and the Percussive Arts Society.

About Percussive Arts Society
The Percussive Arts Society was established in 1961 as a non-profit music service organization. Its mission is to promote percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world. PAS is the world’s largest percussion organization with more than 7,500 members representing over 50 countries and serves as the central source for information and networking for drummers and percussionists of all ages. The Percussive Arts Society international headquarters is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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