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Percussion Alums Showcased at PASIC convention

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Five alumni of the Penn State percussion studio will be performing or presenting at the annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), November 19-22, in Indianapolis, Indiana. PASIC is the largest percussion event in the world featuring over 120 concerts, clinics, masterclasses, labs, workshops, panels and presentations. The program showcases all areas of percussion, including: drumset, marching, keyboard, symphonic, world, recreational, education, music technology, new music, and health & wellness.

Nick Petrella (B.S. '90) has received the Percussive Arts Society's President's Industry Award, which recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding achievent in the percussion industry and outstanding support of the Society. Nick is the Director of Education of SABIAN Cymbals and an adjunct percussion professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He was the 2005 School of Music Alumni Award winner, and also was the first president of the School of Music Alumni Interest Group.

Zachary Cairns (B.S.’00, M.A.-theory ’03) won the annual Percussive Arts Society’s composition competition with a work titled “Two Pieces for Baritone Saxophone and Percussion.”  The work will be performed during a showcase recital at the convention. Dr. Cairns is currently director of music theory studies at the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

Jeffrey Barudin (B.S. ’01) is is currently director of percussion studies at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He will perform the percussion part in the performance of Zachary Cairn’s winning composition.

Michael Schutz (B.M.A. ’02) will host a team research project to investigate how body movements affect audience perception of percussion concerts. The researchers will examine ways to improve rhythm perception abilities, and explore the communication of emotion in music. Members of the Percussive Arts Society will participate in this ongoing project during the convention. Dr. Schutz is currently assistant professor of music cognition and percussion at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Jason Gianni (M.M. ’96) will present a drum set clinic at the convention. He is a full-time faculty member at the Drummer’s Collective in New York, New York, author of The Drummer’s Bible,  and is in demand as a recording session drummer and performer in New York and internationally. He recently signed an endorsement agreement with Yamaha.

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