Rich Holly's Percussion Place

Assorted ramblings and occasional updates in the world of percussion.

Sunday, November 09, 2008


Well, another Percussive Arts Society International Convention has come and gone, and I'm proud to say it was another tremendous convention. As usual, I got to see many great friends from around the world, and we were able to make some great decisions in the meetings I attended to further the work of PAS. Highlights for me were sharing the stage with Evelyn Glennie and Roy Burns, hearing the Ed Soph Trio twice, the Friday night Tribute to John Bergamo concert, and the leadership forum presented by a very talented speaker, Pat Richie. We also had a golf tournament on Tuesday, November 4 - the group I was in played horribly but we sure had fun!

Keep your eyes on the PASIC website - photos and videos will be uploaded over the next few days and weeks.

If you've never been to PASIC, make plans now to attend next year. We had nearly 7,000 people attend this year's. PASIC 2009 will be in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 11 through 14. The Indianapolis Convention Center is set up beautifully for our needs: there are 27 hotels, many of which are connected via walkways to the convention center (read: in bad weather, you get to stay inside!), and within a short walk of the convention center there are something like 200 restaurants - a perfect arrangement for our convention.

PLUS - the PAS headquarters and museum will be open in downtown Indianapolis, with a gala grand opening planned for PASIC 2009. Athough PAS has had an amazing collection of instruments and a museum for many years, this will be the first time the museum and convention are in the same city (and will be for many years to come!).