The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) is a music service organization promoting percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world.
The Percussive Arts Society is the world's largest percussion organization and is considered the central source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers of all ages. Established in 1961 as a non-profit, music service organization, our mission is to promote percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world.
Today, we are over 7,000-members strong with 50 chapters located across the United States, and an additional 28 chapters outside the United States. PAS publishes two bi-monthly publications, Percussive Notes and Rhythm! Scene (formerly Percussion News), and a website that contains publication archives, research databases, a conference center, museum tour and other features.
PAS is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and includes Rhythm! Discovery Center, which contains rare and unusual percussion instruments and scores. For over 50 years the Percussive Arts Society has been serving all levels of percussion performers as well as the percussion industry. Each year PAS hosts the largest percussion convention in the world, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), featuring the top names in drumming and percussion.
Now in its 39th year, PASIC features more than 115 concerts, clinics, master classes, labs, workshops, panels and presentations. The top percussion artists from all over the world present and perform in areas that include, drumset, marching, keyboard, symphonic, timpani, world, recreational, education, music technology, new music, and health and wellness. Attendance is over 6,000 annually.
PASIC also features the International Drum and Percussion Expo, which includes over 115 percussion related manufacturers, publishers and organizations exhibiting and demonstrating the latest instruments, sticks and mallets, accessories, music, and related products and services.
In addition, more than 60 domestic and international PAS Chapters host Days of Percussion and other clinics in their regions throughout the year.