Rhythm! Discovery Center
This Fund accepts donations to help support the daily activities of the Center. Your donations to this Fund help us maintain a first class experience for thousands of visitors each year.
This Fund was established for donations related to the acquisition of instruments. Your donations to this fund may be specified for the acquisition of a particular instrument, accessories, or instrument group, or type.
The Ralph Pace Museum Fund is an endowed fund for the purpose of acquiring rare and unusual instruments and artifacts to enhance the Rhythm! Discovery Center collection. Founded with an initial contribution in 2007 by Ralph Pace Jr. the fund was established in memory of his father, Ralph C. Pace. Pace was an innovative and prominent percussion author, educator and inventor.
Partner with PAS and R!DC as we expand the largest and most exclusive percussion library in the United States.
DRUMset: Driving the beat of American Music explores the history of the drumset - a uniquely American instrument - and how it evolved within the changing needs of emerging popular music genres from its early beginning after the American Civil War to the rock music of 2013. Historically important drumsets will be on display to highlight the progression of the music and how it affected American culture through art, sound and style. Rhythm! Discovery Center and Percussive Arts Society welcomes you and/or your company to become a part of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit.
This exhibit highlights the role of drummers in the military that coincides with the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day in World War II. Rhythm! Discovery Center and Percussive Arts Society welcomes you and/or your company to become a part of this historical and commemorative exhibit by becoming a sponsor.
Percussive Arts Society
Your donations to this Fund contribute to the growth of PAS and PASIC by allowing us to further initiatives and special projects that are outside of our normal operations.
The Endowment Fund was established to serve as an endowment to the Society. Your contributions to this Fund will help the Society realize its long-term strategic goals.
The Past President's Fund supports projects initiated by the Council of Past Presidents.
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.
PASIC Scholarships
PAS is pleased to announce this scholarship assisting a student to attend PASIC. Each scholarship recipient will receive PASIC registration, PASIC souvenir t-shirt and $500 toward the cost of transportation/lodging.
PAS is pleased to announce this scholarship assisting a student to attend PASIC. Each scholarship recipient will receive PASIC registration, PASIC souvenir t-shirt and $500 toward the cost of transportation/lodging.
PAS is pleased to announce this scholarship assisting a student to attend PASIC. Each scholarship recipient will receive PASIC registration, PASIC souvenir t-shirt and $500 toward the cost of transportation/lodging. As the timpanist of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1942 until his retirement in 1981, Cloyd Duff earned a reputation as one of the finest timpanists of the twentieth century, known the world over for his beautiful, singing sound and his flawless musicianship. He was an absolute master of touch, finesse, and intonation, and also a master at the myriad details of the instrument—stick making, head clearing, head tucking and mounting, instrument maintenance and so on. For his students he was an inspiration; for his colleagues, he was the rock-solid foundation of the Cleveland Orchestra.
PAS is pleased to announce this scholarship assisting a student to attend PASIC. Each scholarship recipient will receive PASIC registration, PASIC souvenir t-shirt and $500 toward the cost of transportation/lodging. Val Eddy, born Chester William Smith, was a highly successful xylophonist, drummer, composer, arranger, author, and real estate broker. During World War II he attended the Navy School of Music and served on the battleship USS California, where he became an arranger for the ship's band. At the conclusion of the war, Eddy finished his six-year enlistment as a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Band at Annapolis, Maryland. During his professional career he appeared with such performers as Danny Thomas, George Gobel, Sarah Vaughn, and Lucille Ball. He also made radio and television appearances on Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts, Live Like a Millionaire, The Mollie Goldberg Show, and Horace Heidt's Hit Parade.
PAS is pleased to announce this scholarship assisting a student to attend PASIC. Each scholarship recipient will receive PASIC registration, PASIC souvenir t-shirt and $500 toward the cost of transportation/lodging. "Steve Ettleson embraced the drumming world with all of his heart and soul," says Peter Erskine. "He understood the music, the players and the instruments. And in some manner or form, he has helped every drummer in the business. Significant product and marketing developments took place at the Paiste, Yamaha, Remo and Evans companies while he worked for them. His boundless enthusiasm for music and incredible sense of humor made him the 'dream' ally for any drummer to have in the business-even if Steve was working for a different company than one you might be associated with!-because Steve truly loved music above all other things. For me, Steve defined all the best things about the music industry, drumming and friendship. I really miss him."
PAS is pleased to announce this scholarship assisting a student to attend PASIC. Each scholarship recipient will receive PASIC registration, PASIC souvenir t-shirt and $500 toward the cost of transportation/lodging. Maurie Lishon-famous staff musician, show drummer, PAS Hall-of-Famer, and friend to thousands-is best remembered as owner of Chicago's legendary Franks Drum Shop. To understand the philosophy and atmosphere of Franks Drum Shop one must understand Maurie and Jan. Franks Drum Shop was located in the heart of Chicago's loop on the fourth floor at 226 S. Wabash. As one would enter the 'shop,' as Maurie and Jan would always call it, one was in awe. Maurie and Jan often said that they wanted the feeling of stepping off the elevator at Franks to be much like the scene in The Wizard of Oz when the doors to Dorothy's house opened onto the land of Oz and the movie went from black-and-white to color. They wanted people to feel special once they stepped off the elevator into Maurie's playground. They wanted people to come in and be part of Maurie's colorful world of drums and percussion.
PAS is pleased to announce this scholarship assisting a student to attend PASIC. Each scholarship recipient will receive PASIC registration, PASIC souvenir t-shirt and $500 toward the cost of transportation/lodging.
PAS is pleased to announce this scholarship assisting students to attend PASIC. Each scholarship recipient will receive PASIC registration, PASIC souvenir t-shirt and $500 toward the cost of transportation/lodging. Jack McKenzie was Dean Emeritus of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Prior to his service as Dean, he directed the percussion program in the School of Music for 13 years. In the mid-1960's, he founded the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Illinois and served as its first conductor. He was one of the founding members of the Percussive Arts Society and has written a number of works featuring percussion instruments published by Music for Percussion and Media Press. McKenzie studied music at the University of Illinois (B.M.1954) and at Arizona State University (M.A.1956). In 1981 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degree by the China Academy, Taiwan.
PAS is pleased to announce this scholarship assisting a student to attend PASIC. Each scholarship recipient will receive PASIC registration, PASIC souvenir t-shirt and $500 toward the cost of transportation/lodging.
PAS is pleased to announce this scholarship assisting a student to attend PASIC. Each scholarship recipient will receive PASIC registration, PASIC souvenir t-shirt and $500 toward the cost of transportation/lodging. Jim Sewrey is currently the adjunct Professor of Percussion at Wisconsin Lutheran College. He has been an instrumental music educator since 1951, serving the field of band programs and percussion from elementary through high school, and college/university instrumental music education and percussion programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Within the music industry, he has been a product manager, an educational director, and an educational artist percussion clinician. Mr. Sewrey is a Charter member of the American School Band Directors Association (1953); a co-founder and director of the Percussion Workshop of America (1956); a founding member of PAS (1961); the founder-director of the Project Create Percussion Ensemble school student outreach program and Drum Brigade (1985), and the adult Spring City Area Percussion Ensemble (2000). Jim has been recognized with awards from the Milwaukee Civic Music Association, ASBDA, and PAS.
PAS is pleased to announce this scholarship assisting a student to attend PASIC. Each scholarship recipient will receive PASIC registration, PASIC souvenir t-shirt and $500 toward the cost of transportation/lodging. Tom Siwe was inducted into the PAS Hall of Fame in 2011. Siwe was first elected to the PAS Board of Directors in 1976. He served as Second Vice-president from 1980-81, First Vice-President from 1981-84 (and Treasurer in 1983), President from 1984-86, and Comptroller from 1986-88. He was honored with the Outstanding PAS Service Award in 1986 and 1989, and with the PAS Lifetime Achievement in Education Award in 2002. In addition to his work with PAS, Siwe had a distinguished career leading the percussion department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for 30 years. Siwe is also the man behind the Guide to Solo and Ensemble Literature, one of the most important percussion research sources of all time. He has performed with such groups as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, and published articles in leading music journals and compositions for percussion.

This scholarship will be assisting two students.
PAS is pleased to announce this scholarship assisting a student to attend PASIC. Each scholarship recipient will receive PASIC registration, PASIC souvenir t-shirt and $500 toward the cost of transportation/lodging. "It is the culmination of a lifetime "the highest award in 'percussiondom' "I can finally die," says William F. Ludwig II of his induction to the PAS Hall of Fame. Though the PAS membership is composed of players, educators, students and industry people, Ludwig is overwhelmed about his election because, "Most of the people in the Hall of Fame are there for playing." Ludwig has worked in the music business for over 50 years. He is articulate and quick-witted, and his presence is as commanding as his professional stature.
PAS is pleased to announce this scholarship assisting a student to attend PASIC. Each scholarship recipient will receive PASIC registration, PASIC souvenir t-shirt and $500 toward the cost of transportation/lodging. Jim Coffin joined the UNI faculty in 1964 where he instituted both the jazz and percussion programs. In 1972, Jim joined the Selmer Company, where he was the marketing, education, and artist-relations manager for Premier Drums. Ten years later, he joined the Yamaha Corporation and was responsible for the development and marketing of their percussion products until 1993. Jim is the author of The Performing Percussionist I & II and Solo Album. As a clinician, soloist, adjudicator, and conductor he appeared in 40 states and five Canadian provinces. After retiring from Yamaha he was a contributor to Drum Business magazine; editor of the drumset column in Percussive Notes; a marketing consultant; presenter of music business seminars; Secretary of the PAS Executive Committee; and a published fiction writer. He played on and produced a CD, The Seasons of Our Lives; was interim Symphonic Band conductor at Cal State University San Bernadino; and wrote and edited a Sherlockian newsletter. In 1999 he received the PAS President's Industry Award, and in 2005 he received the Outstanding PAS Supporter Award.
PAS/Meredith Music Publications Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) Grant for a Non-Percussionist Band Director. The purpose of the "Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) Grant for a Non-Percussionist Band Director" is to provide financial assistance to a band director to attend the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in order to further the band director's knowledge of percussion instruments and their use in school ensembles. The grant consists of financial assistance of up to $1,000 (US dollars) for transportation, hotel and meals; PASIC registration; and a one year PAS subscription.

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