The “Mother of All Percussion Events” Does It Again
The Percussive Arts Society held its annual international convention this past November 14–17 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Featuring over 120 concerts, clinics, master classes, labs, workshops, panels, and presentations given by the finest artists and educators from around the world, PASIC18 showcased all areas of percussion, including drum corps, symphonic, world, and drumset.
Drumset clinics took place every hour of the event and were spread between several medium-size and large ballrooms. Clinicians on day one included Berklee professors Henrique De Almeida and John Ramsay, online educator Emmanuelle Caplette, Modern Drummer managing editor Michael Dawson, R&B great Calvin Rodgers, electronica/fusion master Zach Danziger, Spin Doctors’ Aaron Comess, and pop/gospel powerhouse Aaron Spears. Day two started off with an energetic performance by Loop Doctors’ Peter Szendofi, followed by a mesmerizing one-man-band showcase by Nate Wood. Alice Cooper’s Glen Sobel, Santana’s Cindy Blackman-Santana, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s Joe Saylor, and world drumming legend Alex Acuña also presented clinics.
Drumset clinicians during the final day of PASIC18 included modern jazz vet Paul Wertico, classic jazz great Jeff Hamilton, Ringo’s All-Starrs’ Gregg Bissonette, groove expert Nate Smith, and Styx’s Todd Sucherman. The convention concluded with a fiery performance by fusion legend Dennis Chambers with the Victor Wooten Trio.
PASIC19 is scheduled for November 13–16. More information can be found at pasic.org.