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  • Letter from the Editor — January 2022 : All that PAS has to Offer

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jan 03, 2022

    Josh GottryHappy New Year!

    As the R!S Blog enters its third year, I thought it might be worth a quick note to briefly highlight a few of the extensive resources and services that are provided by the Percussive Arts Society, particularly for those who may not have explored a membership in the society.

    I will have the pleasure this upcoming spring to pass the 30-year benchmark as a PAS member. I first joined PAS as a high school senior, attended my first PASIC in 1995 in Phoenix, Arizona, and have served as a chapter officer, a committee member and committee chair, a new literature reviewer for Percussive Notes, and now work as the editor of Rhythm! Scene. I have benefited greatly from local percussion events sponsored by my state chapter, contributed articles to PAS publications, and enjoyed articles submitted by others to enhance my professional development as well as share with students in my private studio. PAS has allowed me to connect with colleagues and industry professionals around the world and continues to enhance and add to its website and social media outlets.

    In addition to the R!S blog, which is free to any interested readers, PAS publishes six issues of Percussive Notes each year, posts regularly to its YouTube channel, facilitates chapter Facebook groups, provides reviews of new literature and recordings, manages a world-class museum — the list goes on and on! Starting this year, regional Days of Percussion will bring the PASIC experience in a two-day package closer to home for many who haven’t made it out the annual convention. State chapters are still hosting local events as well in all areas of percussion performance and percussion education.

    Despite the hurdles of the past couple years, the Percussive Arts Society remains active, healthy, and committed to providing a wealth of services to its members and the percussion community at large. I hope you will further explore these resources and, if you aren’t a PAS member already, consider joining the society and becoming a part of this incredible family of percussionists!

  • Letter from the Editor — December 2021 : PASIC is Not Over Yet

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Dec 01, 2021

    Josh GottryThose of you who attended PASIC will agree that there was a palatable sense of gratefulness that permeated the convention hall. Over and over, I heard the words, “I’m so thankful that we’re all back together!” The community we share, the family that is our percussion society, was on full display as we figured out whose face was behind that mask and reconnected in a way that is only possible at an in-person convention.

    The performances and clinics were off the charts as well, of course! And in that regard, PASIC is not yet over. Capitalizing on what was learned in last year’s virtual convention, PAS released a number of outstanding virtual clinic sessions during the Friday and Saturday of PASIC which are still available to every PAS member! Check out the R!S blog article from November 5 for all the details on how to attend, but the most important thing to remember is that you have until December 31 to access sessions presented by some of the most amazing percussionists and percussion educators on the planet.

    PASIC as a community was outstanding as always, and hopefully many of you are already making plans for PASIC 2022. However, PASIC 2021 as a learning opportunity for our membership will continue to run through December 31. You shouldn’t miss this exceptional content available for viewing anytime this month from a seat on your couch.

  • Letter from the Editor — September 2021: Continuing Forward

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Sep 01, 2021

    Josh GottrySchool is resuming. Broadway tours are being announced. The late-night talk shows have live audiences again, and concert venues around the country have tickets on sale for the upcoming season. Flights are full. People are getting together with relatives again. Lessons are far more often face-to-face rather than over Zoom, and PASIC will be live and in person in November of this year.

    Strangely though, several things feel far from normal. Many across the country who had expectations of ditching masks by July 4th are once again being asked to put them on at work, at school, and at sporting events. School districts in some states have gone back, at least in part, to virtual learning, and a number of high-profile artists have cancelled tours that were scheduled for this fall. Countless numbers of music educators at all levels are faced with once again reevaluating how performances will be held in the coming semester, and the “Upcoming Events” column for the R!S Blog is conspicuously absent for yet another month.

    Yet we, the percussion and larger music community, continue forward. In unprecedented times that seem strangely precedented, we are finding new ways to reinvent percussion performance, percussion education, and percussion activities in our community. This is unfortunate, but not unnoticed. It is frustrating, but not fruitless. The creativity and determination of our friends and colleagues realized in virtual clinics, YouTube concerts, Zoom panels, and online workshops has demonstrated another application of the same flexibility we ask of ourselves when we play a marimba recital one night and a drum set gig with a cover band the next. Never tell percussionists they can only do one thing or do something one way; we will prove your wrong every time. It’s not easy, but at this point in time, it is necessary.

    I applaud the efforts of our percussion community, and I encourage your continued resilience. Press on to find new ways to bring what we do to people in our community and students who want to learn. Endure to explore whatever safety measures are possible or virtual outlets are open so as to inspire a new generation once again to pursue and elevate the percussive arts. Support each other, share your events — virtual or live — on social media and on the PAS events calendar, and I hope to see you at PASIC!

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