PAS Recent News

Percussive Arts Society Receives Generous Gift to Endow Composition Contest

Oct 25, 2021, 10:47 AM by Percussive Arts Society
Donation, to honor the organization’s 60th anniversary, will endow contest in perpetuity.

(INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA) — The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) is excited to announce that Tom Siwe has made a gracious donation to permanently endow the society’s Composition Contest.

“On behalf of everyone at PAS, we are thrilled that Tom has chosen PAS as the beneficiary of this gift, which will allow us to continue growing our composition contest, while encouraging composers to write new compositions for Percussion,” said PAS Executive Director Joshua Simonds.

In honor of Siwe’s generous gift, the composition contest will now be known as the Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest Funded by the Thomas V. Siwe Endowment.

The PAS Composition Contest started back in 1974 and has been an annual competition ever since. The purpose of the contest is to encourage and reward composers who write music for percussion instruments and to increase the number of quality compositions written for percussion. Next year's theme (2022) will be Solo Percussion with Chamber Ensemble and with the new gift, $5,000 will be awarded in total to various composers.

Siwe gifted PAS the funds in honor of the society’s 60th anniversary. The organization was founded in 1961 to help percussion students and professionals grow artistically and professionally. PAS proudly awards over $60,000 in scholarships, grants, and awards each year.

To learn more about this contest, or how you can get involved in supporting The Percussive Arts Society, visit

About The Percussive Arts Society (PAS)

The Percussive Arts Society has more than 5,000 members and nearly 70 chapters located throughout the United States and 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.

To learn more about The Percussive Arts Society, visit

For media inquiries, please contact:

Joshua Simonds

Contact Us

Percussive Arts Society
127 E. Michigan Street Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204
T: (317) 974-4488
F: (317) 974-4499