The first issue of Rhythm! Scene hit the Percussive Arts Society website on February 1, 2014. In late-2019, after six years as a bimonthly digital magazine, PAS leadership recommended that the publication transition to a blog format, releasing new content three to four times each week instead of a bulk release every-other month. A handful of people worked diligently behind the scenes to bring some of the published R!S magazine content to the blog in anticipation of the formal debut on January 1, 2020. Today marks the six-month anniversary of that transition.
My question to you is, have you yet discovered all that Rhythm! Scene provides? Every issue—36 in total—of the R!S digital publication is still available on the PAS website. Interviews with Hannah Ford Welton, Third Coast Percussion, Andy Akiho, Anica Nilles, Jojo Mayer, Escape Ten, Ivan Trevino, Cindy Blackman Santana, and much more are ready to read, by anyone who may be interested, PAS member or not, for FREE. Extensive past and new content is also available within designated categories of the blog, including seven “App Scene” articles provided by the PAS Technology Committee, 21 “PAS Profiles” of individuals who are in leadership within the society, 10 “What I Wish I Had Known” articles covering foundational elements of percussion performance, and over 30 “R!Solos” with sheet music, performance notes, and video performances provided by the PAS Composition Committee. In addition, you will regularly find new product and industry news, people and places articles, HotLicks, upcoming events, summer workshops (including the many virtual camps that were offered this year), and much more, with all of this searchable, categorized, and shareable, either directly to friends and colleagues or via social media.
So, as I said in my welcome article six months ago, please subscribe, check-in regularly, tell others about this resource, and if you are so inclined, contribute with articles, interviews, or news of your own. I continue to look to you, our percussion community, for articles and ideas to improve this resource. If you have a suggestion or submission, e-mail me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, check out what Rhythm! Scene already has to offer, and be sure to tell someone else about it as we celebrate our first six months as the R!S Blog!