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Marc Dicciani and Tom Aungst Honored with Yamaha’s Legacy in Education Award at PASIC 2019

From left to right: Greg Crane, Yamaha; Marc Dicciani, award recipient; Paul Winterhalter, Yamaha (accepting the award on Tom Aungst’s behalf); John Wittmann, Yamaha. Yamaha bestowed the company’s Legacy in Education Award to Marc Dicciani and Tom Aungst at the…

Modern Drummer
Dec 4, 2019

MD Podcast Episode 218: PASIC19 Recap, Nashville Session Ace Jerry Roe, Blue Mics, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss December 2019 featured artist Jerry Roe, who has a dual career as a top modern-country session drummer and as a member of experimental art-rock duo Friendship Commanders. Dawson also reports on his recent…

Modern Drummer
Nov 18, 2019

MD Podcast Episode 168: Clinics Recap, Travis McNabb, Drumset Ergonomics, Tama Classic Stands, and More

In this episode Mike and Mike recap their clinic experiences at PASIC and in Europe before discussing modern country drummer Travis McNabb, who recently pulled double duty touring with Sugarland and Frankie Ballard. The education segment focuses on how to…

Modern Drummer
Nov 23, 2018

Yamaha Honors Artist-Educators at PASIC 2016

Pictured left to right: John Wittman, Bret Kuhn, Rick Young, Steve Houghton Yamaha presented the company’s Legacy in Education Awards to Steve Houghton and Bret Kuhn during this week’s annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) held in Indianapolis. The…

Modern Drummer
Nov 15, 2016

Sabian Names Yang Chen as 2016 PASIC Scholarship Winner

Sabian congratulates Yang Chen of Toronto, ON, winner of the 2016 Sabian/PASIC Scholarship, which offers full-time Canadian percussion majors the opportunity to attend the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). In addition to the all-expenses-paid travel to PASIC, Yang will…

Modern Drummer
Jul 21, 2016

Exclusive Video Interviews from PASIC 2015

This past November 11–14, the Percussive Arts Society held its annual international convention in San Antonio, Texas. This milestone event marked the fortieth anniversary of PASIC and the first year that live-streaming passes were offered. Within the convention, attendees had…

Modern Drummer
Dec 30, 2015

News: Sabian Education Network Hosts Events in Nashville and San Antonio

Continuing in its mission to assist drum teachers, the Sabian Education Network recently held events in Nashville, TN, and San Antonio, TX. Each event was led by SEN director Joe Bergamini and included a panel of education experts who shared…

Modern Drummer
Nov 25, 2015

Episode 17: PASIC 2015, London Drum Show, Drum Depth, Frankie Banali, Tru Tuner, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike catch up after a crazy week of traveling. Dawson is just back from PASIC in San Antonio, Texas, and Johnston is calling in from his hotel in London as he wraps up a European clinic…

Modern Drummer
Nov 20, 2015

Percussive Arts Society to Raffle a Signed Ringo Starr Print During PASIC 2014

The Percussive Arts Society and Gary Astridge, noted Beatles drum gear historian, are raffling a rare Ringo Starr signed print, entitled “The World’s Most Famous Snare Drum,” in support of Ringo and Barbara Starkey’s Lotus Foundation charity and the Percussive…

Modern Drummer
Oct 31, 2014

Steve Weiss: 1943-2014

The entire percussion community suffered a loss this past April 21, when Steve Weiss, founder of the Pennsylvania-based percussion retail business that bore his name, lost his long battle with prostate cancer. In high school Weiss studied with Philadelphia Orchestra…

Modern Drummer
May 5, 2014

Photos from PASIC 2013

The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) is the largest percussion event in the world, featuring over 120 concerts, clinics, master classes, labs, workshops, panels, and presentations. The convention's International Drum and Percussion Expo is held annually, with more than…

Modern Drummer
Nov 25, 2013

Product Close-Up: Acoutin Custom Metal/Wood Snares

September 2013 Product Close-Up Acoutin Custom Metal/Wood Snare Drums by Stephen Bidwell I first became aware of Acoutin Custom at PASIC 2012. Owner/operator Cooper Acoutin was sharing a booth space with fellow builder Ronn Dunnett, and while I was there…

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2013

Drummer/Wellness Trainer Jen Hoeft

Hi, Modern Drummer readers! I’m Jen Hoeft, pro drummer, author, and yoga instructor based in Nashville, Tennessee. Drumming is my golden thread and weaves through my life in a constant, magical, shiny, solid, mystical, and groovy way. Drumming has challenged…

Modern Drummer
Nov 15, 2011

John "JR" Robinson: Web Exclusive

(Aprill 2011 Issue) Story by Billy Amendola Between his appearance on this year’s Grammys and his upcoming performance at the Oscars, JR continues his conversation with MD about what a typical day in the studio is like, his early influences,…

Modern Drummer
Feb 16, 2011