PAS Scholarships
As a charter member of the Percussive Arts Society and a 16-year Trustee of Berklee College Armand Zildjian sought to create more learning opportunities for today's musicians in both contemporary and classical music. The PAS Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship is one step in fulfilling that quest. This annual $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student percussionist enrolled in an accredited college or university school of music.
Fred Hoey had an illustrious career in the field of music as an author, clinician, and percussion industry innovator. He was a charter member of the Percussive Arts Society and an educator whose influence on percussionists continues with the PAS Fred Hoey Memorial Scholarship. This annual $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an incoming college freshman percussionist enrolled in the School of Music at an accredited college or university.
The Jim Chapin Memorial Teacher Scholarship fund was established to accept donations in memory of Jim Chapin for the establishment of a scholarship. You would rarely see Jim Chapin without a pair of sticks and a practice pad. Part of it was his sheer love of playing; part of it came from when his book Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer was first published in 1948 and he was frequently challenged to prove that the patterns and exercises in the book could actually be played. Chapin was a familiar sight at PAS conventions and NAMM shows where he never tired of demonstrating "the Moeller stroke" or astounding people with displays of speed and independence. Perhaps his greatest gift as a teacher was his ability to infuse students with his own excitement about drumming.
This $1,000 scholarship is open to timpani students (ages 18-26) interested in pursuing the study of period timpani playing. Scholarship may be applied to lessons, travel to study, etc., as long as the focus is baroque/classical period timpani playing. John Grimes, former Vice President of the Boston Musicians' Association for over a decade, was an advocate for musicians' intellectual property, economic rights, and social justice. As a Professor at Boston Conservatory he was one of the world's expert early music timpanists, performing regularly with the Boston Baroque and Handel & Haydn Society Orchestras. He also performed with Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Cantata Singers, and other Boston-based organizations.
The late Larrie Londin was one of the world's leading studio drummers. A musician with an adventurous musical spirit, he was a man who liked to share with others. That sharing continues through the PAS/Sabian Larrie Londin Memorial Scholarship. Created to support promising young drummers with their drumset studies, a total of $3,000 is awarded annually.
The Zildjian Family Opportunity Fund, established by the Zildjian family in 2001, is a permanently endowed trust managed and administered through the Percussive Arts Society. Awards ranging from $500-$3,000 provide funding for percussion-based presentations directed for underserved youth, ages pre-school through high school. All services funded are free of charge to participants and take place in local community settings.
This annual $2,500 scholarship, in memory of Buddy Rich and Nick Ceroli, is to assist a college student with tuition to an established, accredited institution of higher education, for the purpose of advanced study in the area of percussion, including but not limited to drumset. Scholarship is for one academic year. Freddie Gruber began his drumming career in New York in the late 1940s. He played in the only big band to feature bebop sax innovator Charlie Parker, and he became close friends with Buddy Rich, a relationship that continued until Buddy's passing in 1987. In the early '60s Gruber played his way through Chicago and Las Vegas, eventually arriving in Los Angeles, where he became a key player in that city's jazz scene. But Gruber soon discovered his true calling-teaching others how to play drums. Over the next forty years, Freddie's students included a cross-section of drummers whose playing profoundly influenced the music of the times, among them John Guerin, Ian Wallace, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, Mike Baird, Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez, David Bronson, Peter Erskine, Burleigh Drummond, Don Lombardi, and Neil Peart.
Terry Gibbs is a Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame member with 65 albums to his credit, winner of three major jazz polls and creator of over 300 compositions. This scholarship is in honor of the indelible impression that Gibbs left on the world of vibes. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to any full time vibraphone student registered in an accredited college or university school of music.

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