Percussive Arts Society

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Percussive Arts Society
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Founded: 1961
Headquarters: Indianapolis, IN
Executive Director: Jeff Hartsough
Websites: PASIC, PAS

The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) is an international music service organization promoting percussion education, research, performance and appreciation. Established in 1961 as a non-profit, music service organization, PAS is the world's largest percussion organization[citation needed] and operates as a source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers. PAS is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, where its museum, Rhythm! Discovery Center, is also located. With over 7,000 members (as of 2013), PAS has chapters located in the United States (including Puerto Rico), and 28 chapters in other countries.[1]


PAS publishes two bi-monthly publications, Percussive Notes and Rhythm! Scene, and manages a website that contains publication archives, research databases, a conference center, museum tour and other features. Within the PAS website, there are many scholarly links and sources for percussionists and educators to use, including scholarly journals, as well as databases that are dedicated to the development of the percussion student and educator alike.

The Percussive Arts Society is well known among percussionists for the PAS International Drum Rudiments, a set of basic rudiments and exercises that are used by percussion educators all over the world. These rudiments can be found in most percussion method books, however a copy is available for free download from the PAS web site.

Percussive Arts Society International Convention[edit]

Since 1976, the Percussive Arts Society has hosted the annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). PASIC 2014 will be held November 19-22 in Indianapolis, IN. The convention features four days of clinics, concerts, competitions, mock auditions, and other percussion events. Within the convention floor, there are a multitude of booths set up by many vendors of percussion equipment and music, among other booths dedicated to fundraisers and children's percussion education.

Rhythm! Discovery Center[edit]

In 1992, the Society opened the Percussive Arts Museum in Lawton, Oklahoma after moving its headquarters from Urbana, IL. Additions to the building were constructed in 1995 and in 2001. With the move of the PAS headquarters to Indianapolis in 2007, an expanded museum and library opened in 2009 under the new name Rhythm! Discovery Center. The museum features a collection of drums and other percussive instruments from around the world. The museum also features an archive and library, which houses a collection of scores, recorded music and reference materials.[2]

The newest exhibit at the Rhythm! Discovery center is DRUMset: Driving the Beat of American Music. This exhibit highlights the evolution of the drum set as a uniquely American instrument, and features drum sets from artists such as Neil Peart, Glenn Kotche, and John Bonham.[3]

Hall of Fame[edit]

The Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame is the pinnacle of leadership and education in the percussion world. Each member that is inducted has forever solidified themselves as a timeless treasure to percussionists all over the world.

All nominees will be judged according to the following criteria:

Contribution: Has the nominee made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of percussion?

Eminence: Have achievements in performance, education, research, scholarship, administration, composition or the industry distinguished the nominee from his or her contemporaries?

Influence: Has the nominee’s influence been of major significance to the profession even though contributions may have been confined largely to a single area of interest.

Permanence: Is it probable that the nominee’s accomplishments will continue to be valued by percussion professionals of the future?

Notable Hall of Fame Members[edit]

Keiko Abe (1993)

Keiko Abe (安倍 圭子 Abe Keiko?, born April 18, 1937) is a Japanese composer and marimba player. She has been a primary figure in the development of the marimba, in terms of expanding both technique and repertoire, and through her collaboration with the Yamaha musical instrument company, developed the modern five-octave concert marimba.

Alan Abel (1998)

Alan Abel (born 1930) is an American prankster, hoaxter, writer, mockumentary filmmaker, and jazz percussionist famous for several hoaxes that became media circuses.

Henry Adler (1988)

Henry Adler (June 28, 1915 – September 30, 2008) was an American drummer, percussionist, music teacher, author, publisher, instrument manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer and authority on drum-technique. He is best known for having taught Buddy Rich, who is regarded by many as "The World's Greatest Drummer," to read music - Buddy taught himself everything else - and for co-authoring, with Rich, the classic instructional book Buddy Rich's Modern Interpretation of Snare Drum Rudiments. First published in 1942, the book is widely regarded as one of the most important snare-drum rudimental books ever written.

Frank Arsenault (1975)

Frank Arsenault (May 21, 1919 – December 26, 1974) was an internationally known American percussionist, teacher, and clinician in the areas of marching percussion, rudimental drumming, drum and bugle corps, and marching band. He was a full-time Staff Clinician and Educational Field Representative for the Ludwig Drum Company. He is also well known in his field for his signature playing style, for his many championship titles, and for his recording of The 26 Standard American Drum Rudiments and Selected Solos.[1][2]

Elden C. "Buster" Bailey (1996)

Elden Bailey (April 22, 1922) is a highly skilled percussionist having performed in many Philharmonic groups. Many percussionist listen to his excerpts to model after his phrasing structure.

Louie Bellson (1978)

Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni (July 6, 1924 – February 14, 2009),known by the stage name Louie Bellson (his own preferred spelling, although he is often seen in sources as Louis Bellson), was an American jazz drummer. He was a composer, arranger, bandleader, and jazz educator, and is credited with pioneering the use of two bass drums.

Warren Benson (2003)

Warren Benson (January 26, 1924 – October 6, 2005) was an American composer. His compositions consist mostly of music for wind instruments and percussion.

John Bergamo (2012)

John Bergamo (May 28, 1940 - October 19, 2013) was an American percussionist and composer. Since 1970 he has been the coordinator of the percussion department at the California Institute of the Arts.

James Blades (1975)

James "Jimmy" Blades OBE (9 September 1901 – 19 May 1999) was an English percussionist. He was one of the most distinguished percussionists in Western music, with long and varied career. His book Percussion Instruments and their History (1971) is a standard reference work on the subject. Blades was born in Peterborough, England in 1901. He was a long-time associate of Benjamin Britten, with whom he conceived many of the composer's unusual percussion effects. In 1954, Blades was appointed Professor of Percussion in the Royal Academy of Music.

Hal Blaine (2012)

Hal Blaine (born Harold Simon Belsky, February 5, 1929, Holyoke, Massachusetts) is an American drummer and session musician.[1] He is most known for his work with the Wrecking Crew in California. Blaine played on numerous hits by popular groups, including Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Presley, John Denver, the Ronettes, Simon & Garfunkel, the Carpenters, the Beach Boys, the 5th Dimension, and Steely Dan

Roy Burns (2008)

Roy Burns (b. November 30, 1935) is an American drummer, educator and percussion manufacturer. Burns was one of the first to give drum clinics, and is credited with pioneering the concept. Burns was born and grew up in Emporia, Kansas. At the age of 20, and on the advice of Louie Bellson who had heard him play, Burns left Kansas to study drumming in New York. Within a year he was Woody Herman's drummer, and shortly thereafter left to join Benny Goodman. He is noted for his live and studio work, teaching, and his method books, as well as for pioneering the concept of a drum clinic

Gary Burton (1988)

Gary Burton (born January 23, 1943, Anderson, Indiana) is an American jazz vibraphonist. Burton developed a pianistic style of four-mallet technique as an alternative to the prevailing two-mallet technique. This approach caused Burton to be heralded as an innovator and his sound and technique are widely imitated.[1] He is also known for pioneering fusion jazz and popularizing the duet format in jazz, as well as being a major figure in jazz education due to his 30 years at the Berklee College of Music.

John Cage (1982)

John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde.

Jim Chapin (1995)

James Forbes "Jim" Chapin (July 23, 1919 – July 4, 2009) was an American (New York born and bred) jazz drummer and the author of popular texts on jazz drumming, the first two volumes of which are Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer, Vol. I, and Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer, Vol. II. (A third volume is planned.) He was also the author of several albums (later converted to CDs) on jazz drumming, as well as 2 CDs entitled Jim Chapin: Songs, Solos, Stories (Vols. 1 and 2).

Vida Chenoweth (1994)

Vida Chenoweth (born 1929 in Enid, Oklahoma) was the first professional solo classical marimbist, an ethnomusicologist and a linguist. Credited with being the first to perform polyphonic music on the marimba and for doing for the marimba what Pablo Casals did for the cello and Andrés Segovia did for the guitar,[1] she made her solo debut in Chicago in 1956, followed by a successful recital in New York. She subsequently gave concerts all over the world

Jimmy Cobb (2011)

Jimmy Wilbur Cobb (born January 20, 1929 in Washington, D.C.[1]) is an American jazz drummer. Probably his most famous work is on Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (1959), considered by many to be the quintessential jazz record.[2][3] As of 2012, Cobb is the last surviving player from the session.

Billy Cobham (2006)

William Emanuel "Billy" Cobham (born May 16, 1944, in Panama) is a Panamanian American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader, who permanently relocated to Switzerland during the late 1970s. Coming to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with trumpeter Miles Davis and then with Mahavishnu Orchestra, Cobham according to Allmusic's reviewer is "generally acclaimed as fusion's greatest drummer with an influential style that combines explosive power and exacting precision

Michael Colgrass (1987)

Michael Colgrass is a famous drumset player from the Chicago area. He played with such names as Dizzy Gillespie, and various others as well as creating some of his own legitimate works such as "Variations for Four Drums and Viola."

Alan Dawson (1996)

Alan Dawson (July 14, 1929 — February 23, 1996) was a respected jazz drummer and widely influential percussion teacher based in Boston.

Jack DeJohnette (2010)

Jack DeJohnette (born August 9, 1942)[1] is an American jazz drummer, pianist, and composer. An important figure of the fusion era of jazz, DeJohnette is one of the most influential jazz drummers of the 20th century, given his extensive work as leader and sideman for musicians including Freddie Hubbard, Keith Jarrett, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, and John Scofield.

Jacques Delécluse (2009)

Jacques Delecluse is an French Percussionist world renowned for his ability for rudimental snare drumming.[citation needed]

Warren "Baby" Dodds (2007)

Warren "Baby" Dodds (December 24, 1898 – February 14, 1959) was a jazz drummer born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dodds was among the first drummers who improvised while performing to be recorded. He varied his drum patterns with accents and flourishes, and he generally kept the beat with the bass drum while playing buzz rolls on the snare. Some of his early influences include Louis Cottrell, Sr., Harry Zeno, Henry Martin, and Tubby Hall.

Siegfried Fink (2003)

Siegfried Fink (born February 8, 1928 in Zerbst/Germany, died May 3, 2006 in Würzburg/Germany) was a German percussionist, composer and professor. He is recognized as an important figure in the development of the professional percussion scene in Germany after World War II.

Vic Firth (1995)

Everett "Vic" Firth is an American musician and the founder of Vic Firth Company (formerly Vic Firth, Inc.), a company that makes percussion sticks and mallets. Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, the company bills itself as the world's largest manufacturer of drum sticks and mallets, which are made in Newport, Maine. In 2010, the company merged with Avedis Zildjian Company; officials said at the time that the companies would continue to run independently.

Steve Gadd (2005)

Doctor Steve Gadd (born April 9, 1945[1] in Irondequoit, New York) is an American session and studio drummer, who has worked with popular musicians from a wide range of genres.

David Garibaldi (2012)

David Garibaldi (born November 4, 1946 in Oakland, California) is the drummer of the band. He began playing drums in childhood while living near San Francisco, California. In January 1998, David Garibaldi rejoined Tower of Power and continues touring with them.[12] He is also featured as a traps player on the Mickey Hart/Planet Drum album Supralingua. Garibaldi was inducted into the Percussive Art Society Hall Of Fame, Class of 2012 during the Percussive Art Society's annual convention in Austin, Texas on November 1, 2012.

Terry Gibbs (2000)

Terry Gibbs (born Julius Gubenko on 13 October 1924) is an American jazz vibraphonist and band leader.[1] He has performed and/or recorded with Tommy Dorsey, Chubby Jackson, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Louie Bellson, Charlie Shavers, Mel Tormé, Buddy DeFranco, and others. Gibbs also worked in the film and TV studios in Los Angeles.

Billy Gladstone (1978)

Billy Gladstone (December 15, 1893 – October 1961), born William Goldstein, was a Romanian-born New York drummer, percussionist, drum builder, inventor, and drum teacher who performed in New York theaters, including the Capitol Theatre and most famously Radio City Music Hall in the 1930s and 1940s.

Evelyn Glennie (2008)

Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie,[1] DBE (born 19 July 1965) is a Scottish virtuoso percussionist.

Saul Goodman (1972)

Saul Goodman (1907–1996) was a timpanist in the New York Philharmonic orchestra from 1926 to 1972. Saul learned under the instruction of Alfred Friese, whom he succeeded as principal timpanist in the New York Philharmonic. He also was a member of the faculties at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal and the Juilliard School of Music where he taught many who went on to become timpanists in symphony orchestras around the world. During his career Goodman made innovations in drum and mallet construction, including a tuning system for drums and a line of timpani mallets.

George Hamilton Green (1983)

George Hamilton Green, Jr. (May 23, 1893 – 1970) was a xylophonist, composer, and cartoonist born in Omaha, Nebraska.

Lionel Hampton (1984)

Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Along with Red Norvo, Hampton was one of the first jazz vibraphone players. Hampton ranks among the great names in jazz history, having worked with a who's who of jazz musicians, from Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker and Quincy Jones. In 1992, he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Lou Harrison (1985)

Lou Silver Harrison (May 14, 1917 – February 2, 2003) was an American composer. He was a student of Henry Cowell, Arnold Schoenberg, and K. P. H. Notoprojo (formerly called K.R.T. Wasitodiningrat, informally called Pak Cokro). Harrison is particularly noted for incorporating elements of the music of non-Western cultures into his work, with a number of pieces written for Javanese style gamelan instruments, including ensembles constructed and tuned by Harrison and his partner William Colvig. The majority of his works are written in just intonation rather than the more widespread equal temperament. Harrison is one of the most prominent composers to have worked with microtones.

Roy Haynes (1998)

Roy Owen Haynes (born March 13, 1925 in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts)[1] is an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Haynes is among the most recorded drummers in jazz, and in a career lasting more than 60 years has played in a wide range of styles ranging from swing and bebop to jazz fusion and avant-garde jazz. He has a highly expressive, personal style ("Snap Crackle" was a nickname given him in the 1950s) and is known to foster a deep engagement in his bandmates.

Mickey Hart (2009)

Mickey Hart (born Michael Steven Hartman; September 11, 1943) is an American percussionist and musicologist. He is best known as one of the two drummers of the rock band the Grateful Dead. He was a member of the Grateful Dead from September 1967 to February 1971 and from October 1974 to August 1995. He and fellow Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann earned the nickname "the rhythm devils".

Sammy Herman (1994)

Samuel Herbert Herman (Bronxwood Park, New York, 7 May 1903 - Fishkill, New York, 23 April 1995) was an American xylophonist at NBC Television.

Milt Jackson (1996)

Milton "Bags" Jackson (January 1, 1923 – October 9, 1999) was an American jazz vibraphonist, usually thought of as a bebop player, although he performed in several jazz idioms. He is especially remembered for his cool swinging solos as a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet and his penchant for collaborating with several hard bop and post-bop players. A very expressive player, Jackson differentiated himself from other vibraphonists in his attention to variations on harmonics and rhythm. He was particularly fond of the twelve-bar blues at slow tempos. He preferred to set the vibraphone's oscillator to a low 3.3 revolutions per second (as opposed to Lionel Hampton's speed of 10 revolutions per second) for a more subtle vibrato. On occasion, Jackson would also sing and play piano professionally.

Jo Jones (1990)

Jo Jones (October 7, 1911 – September 3, 1985) was an American jazz drummer.[1] Known as Papa Jo Jones in his later years, he was sometimes confused with another influential jazz drummer, Philly Joe Jones. The two died only a few days apart.

Elvin Jones (1991)

Elvin Ray Jones (September 9, 1927 – May 18, 2004) was a jazz drummer of the post-bop era.[1] He showed an interest in drums at a young age, watching the circus bands march by his family's home in Pontiac, Michigan. He served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1949 and subsequently played in a Detroit houseband led by Billy Mitchell. He moved to New York in 1955 and worked as a sideman for Charles Mingus, Teddy Charles, Bud Powell and Miles Davis.[1] From 1960 to 1966 he was a member of the John Coltrane quartet (along with Jimmy Garrison on bass and McCoy Tyner on piano), a celebrated recording phase, appearing on such albums as A Love Supreme. Following his work with Coltrane, Jones led several small groups, some under the name The Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. His brothers Hank Jones and Thad Jones were also jazz musicians with whom he recorded.

William Kraft (1990)

William Kraft (born 1923, in Chicago, Illinois) is a composer, conductor, teacher, and percussionist.

Gene Krupa (1975)

Eugene Bertram "Gene" Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973) was an American jazz and big band drummer, actor and composer, known for his highly energetic and flamboyant style.

Mel Lewis (2001)

Mel Lewis (May 10, 1929 – February 2, 1990) was the stage name of an American drummer, jazz musician and bandleader. During his life, Lewis was a prominent solo performer, and a professor at William Paterson University, during which time he also authored a book on the art of drumming. In addition, Lewis extended his talents as session musician. Throughout his life he garnered fourteen Grammy nominations.

Shelly Manne (1997)

Shelly Manne (June 11, 1920 – September 26, 1984), born Sheldon Manne in New York City, was an American jazz drummer. Most frequently associated with West Coast jazz, he was known for his versatility and also played in a number of other styles, including Dixieland, swing, bebop, avant-garde jazz and fusion, as well as contributing to the musical background of hundreds of Hollywood films and television programs.

Elliot "Ellie" Mannette (2003)

Elliot "Ellie" Mannette (born November 5, 1926 in Sans Souci, Trinidad) is a musical instrument maker and Steel Pan musician, also known as "father of the modern steel pan instrument.

Joe Morello (1993)

Joseph Albert "Joe" Morello (July 17, 1928 – March 12, 2011) was a jazz drummer best known for his 12½-year stint with The Dave Brubeck Quartet. He was frequently noted for playing in the unusual time signatures employed by that group in such pieces as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo à la Turk". Popular for its work on college campuses during the 1950s, Brubeck’s group reached new heights with Morello. In June 1959, Morello participated in a recording session with the quartet — completed by the alto saxophonist Paul Desmond and the bassist Eugene Wright — that yielded “Kathy’s Waltz” and “Three to Get Ready,” both of which intermingled 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures.

Clair Musser (1975)

Clair Omar Musser (1901–1998) was a marimba virtuoso, a conductor and promoter of marimba orchestras, a composer, a teacher, a designer of keyboard percussion instruments, an inventor, and an engineer for Hughes Aircraft.

NEXUS (1999)

Nexus is a Toronto-based percussion ensemble that performs jazz, world music, and western avantgarde music.[1] The ensemble is made up of percussionists Bob Becker (mainly on xylophone and marimba), Bill Cahn (mainly xylophone), Robin Engelman, Russell Hartenberger, John Wyre, and Garry Kvistad. Founding member Michael Craden died of liver cancer in 1982. Wyre died in 2006 and was replaced by long-time professional colleague Garry Kvistad. Engelman resigned from the group in December 2009 because of vision difficulties.

Red Norvo (1992)

Red Norvo (March 31, 1908 – April 6, 1999) was one of jazz's early vibraphonists, known as "Mr. Swing". He helped establish the xylophone, marimba and later the vibraphone as viable jazz instruments. His major recordings included "Dance of the Octopus", "Bughouse", "Knockin' on Wood", "Congo Blues", and "Hole in the Wall".

Babatunde Olatunji (2001)

Babatunde Olatunji (April 7, 1927 – April 6, 2003) was a Nigerian drummer, educator, social activist and recording artist.

Harry Partch (1974)

Harry Partch (June 24, 1901 – September 3, 1974) was an American composer, music theorist, and creator of musical instruments. He was one of the first 20th-century composers in the West to work systematically with microtonal scales. He built custom-made instruments in these tunings on which to play his compositions, and described his theory and practice in his book Genesis of a Music (1947).

Paul Price (1975)

An early influence in 20th century percussion. He revolutionized early xylophone studies in the early 20's along with other greats.

Tito Puente (2001)

Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente, (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000),[1] was a Latin jazz and salsa musician and composer. The son of native Puerto Ricans, Ernest and Ercilia Puente, living in New York City's Spanish Harlem community, Puente is often credited as "The Musical Pope," "El Rey de los Timbales" (The King of the timbales) and "The King of Latin Music." He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that helped keep his career going for 50 years. He and his music appear in many films such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba's Calle 54. He guest-starred on several television shows including Sesame Street, The Cosby Show and, most notably, The Simpsons two-part episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?".

Steve Reich (2007)

Stephen Michael Reich (born October 3, 1936) is an American composer who, along with La Monte Young, Terry Riley, and Philip Glass, pioneered minimal music in the mid to late 1960s. His innovations include using tape loops to create phasing patterns (for example, his early compositions It's Gonna Rain and Come Out), and the use of simple, audible processes to explore musical concepts (for instance, Pendulum Music and Four Organs). These compositions, marked by their use of repetitive figures, slow harmonic rhythm and canons, have significantly influenced contemporary music, especially in the US. Reich's work took on a darker character in the 1980s with the introduction of historical themes as well as themes from his Jewish heritage, notably the Grammy Award-winning Different Trains.

Buddy Rich (1986)

Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer"[1] and was known for his virtuoso technique, power, groove, and speed.

Emil Richards (1994)

Emil Richards, born Emilio Joseph Radocchia on September 2, 1932 in Hartford, Connecticut, is a percussionist who plays a variety of different percussion instruments.

Max Roach (1982)

Is a famous drumset player during the "Big Band" Era, playing with such greats as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Was a driving force behind the ride cymbal being a focal point for the jazz drummer.

Fred Sanford (2000)

Fred Sanford (1947–2000) was a percussionist, teacher, composer, and clinician. He is best known for his work in the areas of marching percussion, drum & bugle corps, and marching band.

Ed Shaughnessy (2004)

Edwin Thomas "Ed" Shaughnessy (January 29, 1929 – May 24, 2013) was a swing music and bebop drummer best known for his long association with Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Murray Spivack (1991)

Murray Spivack (6 September 1903 – 8 May 1994) was a Russian-born American sound engineer. He won an Academy Award for Sound Recording and was nominated for another in the same category.

Ringo Starr (2002)

Ringo Starr, MBE (born Richard Starkey; 7 July 1940) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. He sang lead vocals for a song on most of the Beatles' studio albums, including "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Yellow Submarine" and their version of "Act Naturally". He is also credited as a co-writer of "What Goes On" and "Flying", and as the sole author of "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden".

Leigh Howard Stevens (2006)

Leigh Howard Stevens (born March 9, 1953 in Orange, New Jersey) is a marimba artist best known for developing, codifying, and promoting the Stevens technique or Musser-Stevens grip, a method of independent four-mallet marimba performance based on the Musser grip. He was childhood friends with Max Weinberg, member of E Street Band and former band leader for The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.

George L. Stone (1997)

Is an American percussionist who is most famous for creating a very divers book titled "Stick Control." With this innovation on sticking patterns, he revolutionized how percussionist approach music in order to make simple rudiments more challenging and varied.

Gordon Stout (2012)

Gordon Stout (born 1952) is an American percussionist, composer, and educator specializing in the marimba. He studied composition with Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler, and Warren Benson, and percussion with James Salmon and John Beck. Many of his compositions for marimba (i.e., Two Mexican Dances for Marimba) have become standard repertoire for marimba players worldwide

Ed Thigpen (2002)

Edmund Leonard "Ed" Thigpen (December 28, 1930[1] – January 13, 2010[2]) was an American jazz drummer, best known for his work with the Oscar Peterson trio from 1959 to 1965. Thigpen also performed with the Billy Taylor trio from 1956 to 1959.

Edgard Varese (1980)

Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varèse (French: [ɛdɡaːʁ viktɔːʁ aʃil ʃaʁl vaʁɛːz]; also spelled Edgar Varèse;[1] December 22, 1883 – November 6, 1965) was an innovative French-born composer who spent the greater part of his career in the United States. Varèse's music emphasizes timbre and rhythm. He was the inventor of the term "organized sound", a phrase meaning that certain timbres and rhythms can be grouped together, sublimating into a whole new definition of music.

William "Chick" Webb (1985)

Famous drumset player in the 1930s, had played with some of the most famous jazz players in the world.

Tony Williams (1997)

Anthony Tillmon "Tony" Williams (December 12, 1945 – February 23, 1997) was an American jazz drummer. Widely regarded as one of the most important and influential jazz drummers to come to prominence in the 1960s, Williams first gained fame in the band of trumpeter Miles Davis and was a pioneer of jazz fusion.

Armand Zildjian (1994)

Armand Zildjian (February 18, 1921 - December 26, 2002) was an American manufacturer of cymbals and the head of the Avedis Zildjian Company. Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, Armand Zildjian was the scion of a cymbals-making tradition that dated back to his ancestor Avedis, who began the company in 1623 in Istanbul. By family tradition, the secrets of cymbal making were passed on only to the oldest son, but Armand's father, Avedis Zildjian III, gave the information to both of his sons, Armand and Robert. This began a legal battle which ended only when Robert formed the Sabian Cymbals Company, in competition with his brother.

Avedis Zildjian (1979)

The Avedis Zildjian Company (/ˈzɪldʒ(i)ən/[1]) is an American cymbal manufacturer founded in Istanbul by Armenian Avedis Zildjian in the 17th century during the Ottoman Empire. At nearly 400 years old, Zildjian is one of the oldest companies in the world. It also sells drum-related accessories, such as drum sticks and cymbal carriers. It is the largest cymbal manufacturer in the world.

Robert Zildjian (2000)

Robert Zildjian (14 July 1923 – 28 March 2013) was the founder of Sabian Cymbals, the second largest manufacturer of cymbals in the world.



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  2. ^ "About Us". Rhythm Discovery Center. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Rhythm Discovery Center. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "About PAS". Retrieved 10 November 2013. 

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