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Percussion Arts Society – for all who love percussion!

Gary France is the President of the Australian branch of the Percussion Arts Society as well as on the internation Board of Directors. Here he shares a little about PAS, and some of the awesome things he’s got lined up for 2014 in Australia. 

CC: Firstly Gary, can you tell us what PAS is? Who’s it for and what’s its purpose?

GF: The Percussive Arts Society is a music service organization promoting percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world. PAS is for EVERYONE!! You don’t need to be a professional musician. Please have a look at this video “We are PAS” 

CC: I’ve heard a lot about PASIC – can you tell us a bit about it? 

GF:  The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) is the largest percussion event in the world featuring over 120 concerts, clinics, master classes, labs, workshops, panels and presentations. Read about the history of PASIC, visit the PASIC archives and understand the PASIC artist selection process.

CC: What is your role in PAS both here in Australia and internationally?

GF: I am President of the Australia Chapter, one of our 70 chapters through out the world. I also am a member of the Board of Directors which manages the affairs of this corporation. The BOD’s include leaders from music industry, education and performing artists Peter Erskine, Glen Kotche, Stefan Harris, Mike Balter and Ndugu Chancler to name a few.

CC: When did you first get involved in PAS and why?

GF: I first joined PAS as a Percussion student at the Crane School of Music, Potsdam New York in 1977. It was that year we had our first international Convention, held at the Eastman School of Music. This Convention had just under 400 people attend. PASIC 2013 held recently in Indianapolis had just under 6000 people attend.

CC: Can you tell us a bit about your vision for PAS in your current role?

GF: My vision for PAS Australia is to bring together all aspects of drumming and percussion together where people can support and learn from each other while celebrating the art of percussion!

CC: Can you tell us a bit about the event you’re organising in Adeleide this summer, and how people can further info about it? 

GF: Get excited to attend the most exciting percussion event in PAS Australia history. This six-day camp is for drummers and percussionists of all ages. Hosted on the beautiful campus of the University of Adelaide, the PAS ND&PC will feature action packed workshops, master-classes, concerts and activities on all aspects of our musical world. This camp is for all percussion lovers, regardless of your age or ability! You can find more info on the PAS summer camp here.

CC: Anything else you’d like to share with us?

GF: I would like to thank you for your passion and professionalism you bring to our industry. It is people like you that bring vitality and innovation to our world! For me, Drums and Percussion have been a passion of mine for over 45 years, it is my profession and hobby, I consider myself fortunate to be able to pursue my passion for percussion every day.

CC: Aw thanks Gary – you’re a star!!


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