The Percussive Arts Society is a music service organization promoting percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world.
We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.
Today, we are over 6,000 passionate subscribers/members, with over 40 chapters located across the United States, and an additional 28 chapters abroad. 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 inspire, educate, and support percussionists and drummers throughout the world.
PAS publishes two publications, Percussive Notes and Rhythm! Scene 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 the Rhythm! Discovery Center, which features unique, interactive exhibits highlighting a rich collection of historic artifacts and hands-on percussion instruments. For 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. 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 Day of Percussion® events and other clinics in their regions throughout the year.