Percussive Arts Society’s Marching Percussion Festival Revamped For PASIC 2009

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The Percussive Arts Society has revamped their annual indoor Marching Percussion Festival scheduled for November 12 and 13, 2009 at the Indiana Convention Center, in Indianapolis, IN. The Marching Percussion Festival is recognized as one of the premier indoor marching percussion festivals for presenting some of the most cutting-edge, contemporary marching percussion performances by high school and college marching individuals and ensembles from across the country.

In an effort to make the marching percussion festival more accessible to a variety of programs, the Percussive Arts Society has restructured the festival to encourage more participation. New ensemble categories have been added to the Small Ensemble competition and it has moved from Friday, November 13 to Thursday, November 12. Scheduling and format changes have been made to the Marching and Standstill competition as well. New this year is the introduction of a non-competitive interactive clinic format on Friday morning that will give participants a chance to work with two renowned clinicians for up to 30 minutes.

“We are tremendously excited about the changes to the Marching Percussion Festival,” states Neal Flum, PAS Marching Percussion Committee Chairman. “We expect that these changes will result in greater participation, a more rewarding PASIC experience, and reflects our efforts to be attentive to the continuing developments in marching percussion, particularly indoor, and how those innovations should be incorporated into our festival.”

The Percussive Arts Society anticipates that participation in this year’s festival will draw many national and regional marching programs and percussionists from the Bands of America Grand National Championships, which runs concurrently only a few blocks away at Lucas Oil Stadium. All participants of the Marching Percussion Festival will receive verbal, written, or audio evaluations and full PASIC registration.

The number of participants is limited and performance slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants are asked to submit materials early, as festival capacity typically fills before the application deadline expires. Applications are currently available at and will be accepted through September 28, 2009.

The Marching Percussion Festival takes place in conjunction with the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), the largest annual gathering of percussionists from around the world. PASIC consists of over 130 events on 13 stages and includes clinics, concerts and master classes in all areas of percussion. Marching percussion session highlights include Sandi Rennick with the Phantom Regiment Front Ensemble, Lalo and Julie Davila with the Middle Tennessee State University Drum Line, marching percussion specialist Danny Raymond, and more. Check for additional confirmed artists.

About the Percussive Arts Society

The Percussive Arts Society was established in 1961 as a non-profit music service organization. Its mission is to promote percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world. PAS is the world’s largest percussion organization with more than 8,500 members representing over 50 countries and serves as the central source for information and networking for drummers and percussionists of all ages.

For more information about the Percussive Arts Society or PASIC, visit its web site at or call (317) 974-4488.

Posted by on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009. Filed under Current News.