The Percussive Arts Society blogs are intended to bring to our members the opportunity to establish thoughtful discourse in regards to advancing percussion. Your contribution to this section of the site is very valuable to us so if you have any questions about posting to our blogs and how you can contribute with content, please contact us.
PAS has 17 standing committees that address specific areas of percussion performance, research, education, pedagogy and the percussion community. PAS committees play an essential role in advancing percussion through the development and dissemination of the latest information, research and initiatives.
Every year, the Percussive Arts Society and its chapters, have been presenting their own Day of Percussion celebrations. These DoP events are mini-PASICs that draw in local musicians, educators, students and enthusiasts for a day or weekend of performances, competitions, clinics and master classes. Please look at the list of upcoming Day of Percussion events and contact your local chapter to learn more about how you can participate.
The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, IN features over 120 concerts, clinics, master classes, labs, workshops, panels and presentations given by the finest artist from all over the world. PASIC showcases all areas of percussion — drumset, marching, keyboard, symphonic, world, recreational, education, music technology, new music, and health & wellness.
PAS Student Delegates are highly motivated university or high school students seeking to become more involved in the percussion community, while gaining valuable leadership experience. Delegates are the liaisons between student percussionists and the leadership of PAS in their chapter, playing a vital role in our efforts to better serve percussion students. The delegates receive various materials from PAS to share with their peers, campuses and chapters to communicate initiatives and recruit students to join PAS.
Volunteering at Rhythm! Discovery Center and the Percussive Arts Society national headquarters is a great way to help others “find their rhythm.” Volunteers assist staff with enriching the visitor experience at the Center by providing valuable learning experiences to visitors. Musical ability or knowledge of percussion is not required to volunteer as there are many ways to make an impact. Rhythm! Discovery Center, a creative vision of the Percussive Arts Society, interprets the role of rhythm and percussion in music and culture through dynamic and engaging educational experiences. Interactive exhibits and participatory opportunities illustrate rhythm, its role in society, and its connections to daily life.
The Percussive Arts Society is 6,000 members strong and continues to expand its offerings. There are a lot of resources available only through a PAS membership that are guaranteed to enhance the awareness and musicianship of its members. Talk to your friends and get them involved. Maybe you work some of these events together. Or attend a Day of Percussion with your studio. The more members in PAS, the greater the reach of our network and the more you get back.