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2018 PAS Awards

by PAS | Nov 09, 2018
PAS is proud to announce the 2018 recipients of its distinguished Awards: Outstanding PAS Service Award (Rick Mattingly), Outstanding PAS Supporter Award (John R Beck), PAS President’s Industry Award (Erik Johnson), PAS Lifetime Achievement in Education Award (Dr. Willis M Rapp, Dean Witten, Gregg Rinehart), and Outstanding PAS Chapter Award (Connecticut Chapter).

"On behalf of everyone at PAS, I want to congratulate Rick, John, Erik Will, Gregg and the family of Dean, as well as the entire Connecticut chapter. The work, service, support, and advocacy each of them do on behalf of PAS is remarkable and these awards represent just a small token of our appreciation. I hope everyone will join us in Indianapolis at PASIC 2018 as we publicly recognize our awardees on Friday Evening November 16 at 8:00PM." — Joshua Simonds, PAS Executive Director



Outstanding PAS Service Award

2018 Recipient: Rick Mattingly

The Outstanding PAS Service Award was established to recognize an individual each year that has provided service to the organization through a significant project, cause, or cumulative service that has made a significant contribution to the Society as a whole.

Mattingly

The Outstanding PAS Service Award was established to recognize an individual each year that has provided service to the organization through a significant project, cause, or cumulative service that has made a significant contribution to the Society as a whole. The 2018 recipient of the Outstanding PAS Service Award is Rick Mattingly.

Rick Mattingly has served as PAS Publications Editor since 1994, editing Percussive Notes, Percussion News, and Rhythm! Scene, also serving as PAS website editor from 1997–2000. He served on the PAS Board of Directors from 1990–1997 and was the local host of PASIC 2003. From 1981–89 he was Senior Editor at Modern Drummer magazine, where he also edited Modern Percussionist. He is co-author with Rod Morgenstein of The Drumset Musician and with Blake Neely of FastTrack Drums, and author of Creative Timekeeping, All About Drums, and The Hal Leonard Snare Drum Method. He has written percussion ensemble arrangements published by Hal Leonard and Alfred, and, with Diane Downs, co-arranged ensembles in the Leopard Percussion series. Mattingly has edited instructional books by Joe Morello, Gary Chester, Peter Erskine, Nancy Zeltsman, Bill Bruford, Carl Palmer, Bob Moses, Maria Martinez, and others, he has written articles for Modern Drummer, Modern Percussionist, Percussive Notes, Rhythm! Scene, Down Beat, Jazziz, Musician, Pointe, Drum!, the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, and the Cambridge Companion to Percussion, and has written liner notes for albums by Joe Morello, Elvin Jones, and Vital Information, among others.

He received Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the University of Louisville, and he has played drums and percussion in a variety of settings, including five years as a percussionist with the Louisville Orchestra. He has given drum lessons privately and taught music courses at Bellarmine University, the University of Louisville, and St. Xavier High School.


Outstanding PAS Supporter Award

2018 Recipient:  John R. Beck

The Outstanding PAS Supporter Award was established to recognize an individual each year that has significantly promoted the Society through his or her professional and educational activities to increase visibility and awareness of the Society.

Beck

The Outstanding PAS Supporter Award was established to recognize an individual each year that has significantly promoted the Society through his or her professional and educational activities to increase visibility and awareness of the Society. This year’s recipient of the Outstanding PAS Supporter Award is John R. Beck.

John R. Beck divides his time equally between percussion education and performance. He is the percussion professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Wake Forest University and performs with the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphony orchestras, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Philidor Percussion Group, and the Blue Mountain New Music Ensemble. Prior to his full-time teaching appointment in 1998, Beck performed with the United States Marine Band as a tour soloist, National and Baltimore Symphonies, Washington and Baltimore Operas, and Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. He also toured as a xylophone soloist with the Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band and the New Sousa Band. A common thread throughout his career has been service to PAS. Beck attended the first PASIC in 1976 and was part of the planning committee for PASIC 1986 in the Washington, D.C. area. He has authored articles for Percussive Notes and Rhythm! Scene and served as the PAS North Carolina Chapter President. From 2003 to 2016, he was a PAS Board Member and Officer, serving as PAS President from 2013 through 2014.

As PAS President, Beck began community outreach drum circles at the Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. This led to his training as a Remo HealthRHYTHMS facilitator and his current research work using interactive group drumming with stem cell transplant recipients to help reduce stress, anxiety, pain, and improve their hospital experiences. He facilitates interactive group drumming in a variety of settings on and off campus including the YWCA, senior services, and Head Start. Beck holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music.

PAS President's Industry Award

2018 Recipient: Erik T. Johnson

The PAS President’s Industry Award was established to recognize those individuals in the Percussion Industry that have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their field and outstanding support of the Society.

Erik-Johnson

The PAS President’s Industry Award was established to recognize those individuals in the Percussion Industry that have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their field and outstanding support of the Society. The 2018 recipient of the PAS President’s Industry Award is Erik T. Johnson.

Erik T. Johnson is the President of Innovative Percussion, Inc., (IP) a leading manufacturer of drumsticks and keyboard percussion mallets. He received a Master of Music degree in percussion performance from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). As an undergraduate student at MTSU, Johnson learned how to hand-wrap marimba mallets, which led to the collaboration on mallet design with his former teacher Mark Ford. After attending graduate school, Johnson moved back to the Middle Tennessee area. During this time, Johnson continued collaborating on mallet design; and in 1993, he filed for a business license, which was the official beginning of Innovative Percussion (IP). Due to the continual support of family, friends, teachers, educators, endorsers, and employees, IP has grown to be a leader in the percussion industry with over 45 employees and sales in over 50 countries.

For the past 28 years, Johnson also has been educationally involved with a variety of marching ensembles. From 1995 to 2005 and 2008 to 2018, he served as an instructor and consultant for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. Since 2003, he has served as the front ensemble arranger for the Aimachi Band from Nagoya, Japan. Additionally, Johnson served from 2003-2013 on the instructional staff of the award-winning Music City Mystique Indoor Percussion Ensemble from Nashville, Tennessee.



PAS Lifetime Achievement in Education Award

2018 Recipient: Dr. Willis M. Rapp

The Percussive Arts Society Lifetime Achievement Award in Education was established in 2002 and recognizes the contributions of the most highly regarded leaders in percussion education.

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The Percussive Arts Society Lifetime Achievement Award in Education was established in 2002 and recognizes the contributions of the most highly regarded leaders in percussion education. The recipient of this award for 2018 is Dr. Willis M. Rapp.

Dr. Willis M. Rapp has served on the faculty of Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Southeastern Louisiana University, Iowa State University, and Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he retired in 2013 with the distinction of Professor Emeritus. From 1976-1978 and again from 1987-1991, he served as the PAS Pennsylvania Chapter President. He also served as a member of the organizing committee for PASIC 1990 in Philadelphia, PA. In 1980, Rapp was selected to serve on the PAS International Drum Rudiment Committee. Rapp is in his forty-fifth year as a published author with over 500 publications to his credit through such companies as Meredith Music Publications, GIA Music Publications, and the Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation. With one exception, he was the youngest student to have studied timpani and orchestral repertoire with Fred D. Hinger. Since 2000, he has served as conductor of the Reading Pops Orchestra. He has guest conducted, performed as a recitalist, and appeared as a clinician in twenty-eight states and three provinces in Canada. His scholarly text, The Wind Band Masterworks of Holst, Vaughan Williams and Grainger, was released in March 2005. He was the recipient of the 2007 Kutztown University Faculty Research Award and 2009 Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to his volunteer work on the Board of Directors of the Kutztown University Foundation, Rapp has dedicated his efforts to establish the Center for Mallet Percussion Research (CMPR) at Kutztown University.

2018 Recipient: Gregg Rinehart

The Percussive Arts Society Lifetime Achievement Award in Education was established in 2002 and recognizes the contributions of the most highly regarded leaders in percussion education.

Rinehart

In 1980, Gregg Rinehart began his teaching career at Lake Highlands High School in Richardson, TX. Rinehart served as Percussion Director for Westfield HS, TX (1982-89), Spring HS, TX (1989-94), Plymouth-Canton HS, MI (1994-2001), Richland HS, TX (2001-2003), Lake Highlands HS, TX (2003-2006), Dekaney HS, TX (2007-14) and returning to Westfield HS, TX in 2014. He was part of several Bands Of America (BOA) Regional Championships including Lake Highlands HS, Westfield HS, Spring HS, and Plymouth-Canton HS as well as BOA National Championships with Plymouth-Canton HS-1999, Spring HS-1993, and silver medalist Westfield HS-1985.  The 1985 Westfield HS Drumline received the Frank Arsenault Outstanding Percussion Award at BOA Nationals. He has been very active in BOA educational programs and international symposiums having served as Percussion Coordinator and Marching Percussion Coordinator for the Honor Band of America, touring Europe and Japan. Rinehart has served as the PAS Michigan Chapter President and directed showcase concerts at previous PASICs with the PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition-High School Division Winners from Westfield HS-1988, Spring HS-1992, and Plymouth-Canton HS-1996.

2018 Recipient: Dean Witten

The Percussive Arts Society Lifetime Achievement Award in Education was established in 2002 and recognizes the contributions of the most highly regarded leaders in percussion education.

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Professor Dean Witten started teaching at Rowan University back in 1979 when the school was called Glassboro State College, and he was only the second professor of percussion since GSC/Rowan began their music department. Under his direction, the percussion program at Rowan grew to a high stature and reputation, graduating many successful students who are now professional musicians and teachers around the world. His teaching career spanned 45 years, touching the lives of hundreds of students at Rowan, as well as at Trinity University (TX), St. Mary’s University (TX), the University of San Antonio (TX), and Alfred University (NY). As a performer Dean played percussion in the San Antonio Symphony (TX) from 1973-78. He also performed all over the world, with an extensive list of celebrities including Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, and Tony Bennett; as well as in the house bands of the Claridge and Resorts casinos in Atlantic City (NJ), in the orchestra pits of many Broadway shows (NYC), and was the percussionist with Frank Sinatra for eight years. He recorded with Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, and Harry Connick Jr. and can be heard on multiple movie soundtracks and Broadway cast albums.

He held a Master of Music degree from Trinity University (MM 76’) and a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music (BM 73’) and was an alumnus of the Boston Latin School (1969). Dean was a proud union member of both the American Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Musicians, New York City local 802 and an active member of the Percussive Arts Society. He was a fiercely brave, loyal, compassionate, honest, and generous man who was the definition of integrity. He was a model father and husband who worked tirelessly for his family; and a teacher devoted to his students, many of whom considered him a father figure.

The legacy that Dean Witten leaves behind after 38 years at Rowan University is a long tradition of teaching excellence. Many of his students have gone on to prestigious graduate programs, and now hold various professional positions, including in orchestras, military ensembles, and at all levels of education. At Rowan, his percussion students excelled to the top in the Music Department, which is evident by the 32 winners of the Annual Rowan Orchestra Concerto Competition. Statically, this means there was an 80 percent chance that one of his students would win the competition. In baseball terms, that’s like hitting for a batting average of .800. Dean’s legacy also consisted of first-rate percussion ensemble concerts and not only was he responsible for the ensemble’s excellent reputation of high level performances from the percussion ensemble canon, he contributed to the body of the canon by commissioning and premiering 52 new works for percussion ensemble, from local composers to internationally renowned composers.


Outstanding PAS Chapter Award

2018 Recipient: Connecticut

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The Outstanding PAS Chapter Award recognizes individual chapters who have increased membership and provided percussion events, newsletters, and experiences that are beneficial for the continued music education of all chapter members. This award replaces and enhances the PAS Outstanding Chapter President Award, which was an annual award presented on behalf of the Society for nineteen years to an Outstanding Chapter President. Knowing that an outstanding chapter president’s contributions are really the reflection of the work of the other chapter officers as well as the chapter membership, the Outstanding Chapter Award was integrated into the Society’s awards in 2010. The 2018 Outstanding PAS Chapter Award goes to the Connecticut Chapter. President: Andy Kolar, Vice President: Matt Bronson, Secretary/Treasurer: Mary Gardner, Historian: Doug Alley, Membership Chair: Robert Villanova.

 

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