Welcome to the Pennsylvania Chapter of the
Percussive Arts Society
IUP Percussion Alums elected to PAS Board of Directors
Two IUP Percussion Alums have recently been elected to the Percussive Arts Society Board of Directors. They are Dr. Brian West, who graduated from IUP in 1994 with a Master of Arts in Percussion Performance and also served as the Graduate Assistant in Percussion from 1992-1994. Brian is currently Professor of Percussion & Coordinator of Percussion Studies in the School of Music at Texas Christian University.
Jim Catalano graduated from IUP in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and currently serves as the Percussion Business Manager for Ludwig-Musser Drums and Percussion.
The above photo was taken at the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Convention:
(left to right) are Jim Catalano, Gary Olmstead (IUP Percussion Professor Emeritus), and Brian West.
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Scenes from the Day of Percussion 2014.
(Special thanks to Luke Helker)
2014 Pennsylvania PAS Day of Percussion RECAP
James Armstrong and the Millersville University Percussion Studio hosted the Pennsylvania PAS Day of Percussion on April 26, 2014.
The event began with performances by Ephrata High School Percussion Ensemble (Stephen Goss, director) and Lancaster Catholic High School Percussion Ensemble (Paul Murr, director), followed by a marching drumline fundamentals clinic by Darren Hazlett.
A special HOST Concert was presented on the loading dock of the facilities by PORTAL PERCUSSION (Matt Bracciante, Brian Doherty, Rich Klimowicz and guest James Armstrong) performing traditional Afro Cuban batá drumming, Zivkovic’s “Uneven Souls,” Astrand’s “RAUK,” and Rouse’s famed “Ku-ka-Ilimoku.” Up and coming NYC drumset sensation Colleen Clark presented a jazz drumset masterclass, followed by a college percussion ensemble festival featuring Millersville University Percussion Ensemble (James Armstrong, director), West Chester University Percussion Ensemble (Ralph Sorrentino, director), and Lebanon Valley College Percussion Ensemble (Robert Nowak, director).
The featured afternoon clinician was Rolando Morales-Matos presenting a clinic on “Playing Melodies on Non-Melodic Instruments.”
The event concluded with an evening GALA Concert featuring the Lancaster All Star High School Percussion Ensemble (James Armstrong and Stephen Goss, directors) and guest soloist Phillip O’Banion (Temple University), Millersville University Percussion Ensemble (James Armstrong, director), solo performances by Erik Forst (Messiah College) and James Armstrong, Portal Percussion, Steve Weiss Percussion Group and a rousing finale of “Side by Side” written by Morales Matos that featured ensemble members and guests artists.
A special moment of silence was given midway through the concert in honor of the recent passing of Steve Weiss. The event was sponsored in part by Pennsylvania Chapter PAS, Millersville University Percussion Studio, Pearl, Evans, D’Addario, Vic Firth, Zildjian, Dream Cymbals, Innovative Mallets, ProMark and Sabian.
The weekend’s activities kicked off Friday night, April 25 with a World and Chamber Concert featuring the MU West African Music and Dance Ensemble (James Armstrong, director), Portal Percussion, and members of the Millersville University Percussion Ensemble in duo, trio and quartet settings.
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