Percussive Art Society Announces New Executive Director

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Percussive Arts Society (PAS) is pleased to announce Larry Jacobson as the new Executive Director of PAS and Rhythm! Discovery Center. Mr. Jacobson will begin his duties on November 1, 2012. PAS President Lisa Rogers expressed “On behalf of PAS, we are thrilled that Larry Jacobson has accepted the position of Executive Director. I believe Larry’s passion for percussion as well as his creativity and keen business skills will continue to serve the Society well as it has most recently under Michael Kenyon’s direction.”

Larry holds a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from the University of Maryland, Master of Music degrees in both Jazz Studies and Percussion Performance from Indiana University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University. He is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing an EdD in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. Mr. Jacobson’s most recent position was as the North American Vice President of Financial Services for the Universal Music Group (UMG). During Larry’s tenure with UMG, he oversaw the accounting shared services department, the North American travel program and he was an integral part in the 1999 merger with Polygram Holdings, Inc., which led to the centralization and direct oversight of all the label marketing administration departments. Prior to his work at UMG, Larry served as Vice President of Administration for MCA Records, which included Marketing and Recording Administration.

Larry Jacobson stated upon his acceptance as the new Executive Director, “Since its founding in 1961, the Percussive Arts Society continues to be a trusted global educational and performance-oriented resource for percussionists and musicians alike. As the new Executive Director, I am very excited to continue to inspire and encourage our members as we expand the scope of PAS’ and Rhythm! Discovery Center’s vision well into the 21st century and beyond.”

The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) is the world’s largest percussion organization and is considered the central source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers of all ages; offering two bi-monthly publications and a website containing publication archives, research databases, museum tours and other features. Under Larry’s leadership, the Percussive Arts Society and Rhythm! Discovery Center will continue to be leading institutions in the field of music service organizations. PAS is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and includes Rhythm! Discovery Center, the world’s foremost percussion museum and one of the top locations for hands-on music making in the nation according to USA TODAY.

About 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 7,500 members representing over 50 countries and serves as the central source for information and networking for drummers and percussionists of all ages. The Percussive Arts Society international headquarters is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

About Rhythm! Discovery Center
Rhythm! Discovery Center is the world’s foremost percussion museum providing innovative programs; interactive, standards-based educational exhibits; and artist performances. Drawing upon cultures from around the world, the Center offers a unique, engaging experience to explore the universality of rhythm and percussion and its role in shaping communication, music, art, performance and society. The Center was recently announced as a top 10 great place for hands-on music making by USA TODAY. Rhythm! Discovery Center welcomes you to make your own music and Find Your Rhythm!
For more information about the Percussive Arts Society, visit its website at or call 317.974.4488.

Posted by on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012. Filed under Current News, Uncategorized.