The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) has announced the recipients of the 2012 PAS awards. Every year, the PAS honors individuals and chapters within the Society who continue to grow the organization's mission of promoting percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world.
The 2012 Percussive Arts Society Industry Awards class represents five individuals and one international chapter, each of whom has developed important careers and service to not only PAS, but the percussion world as a whole.
Outstanding PAS Service Award: Kathleen Kastner The Outstanding PAS Service Award was established to recognize an individual who has provided service to the organization through a significant project, cause, or cumulative service. The 2012 recipient of this award is Kathleen Kastner.
Kathleen currently is Professor of Music at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Illinois. A PAS member since approximately 1974, Kathleen has invaluably served PAS in many roles through the years, including PAS Board of Directors, Scholarly Research Committee Chair, Associate Research Editor for Percussive Notes, Historian, Illinois Chapter President, and longtime New Music/Research Committee Member.
Outstanding PAS Supporter Award: Christopher Smith The Outstanding PAS Supporter Award was established to recognize an individual each year that has significantly promoted the Society through his or her professional and educational activities to increase visibility and awareness of the Society.
The 2012 recipient of this award is Christopher Smith. Smith is a drummer and Senior Product Analyst for FinishMaster, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana and serves as PASIC Volunteer Coordinator, coordinating volunteers to work at PASIC Registration and other PASIC events and venues.
PAS President's Industry Award: Dave Black The PAS President's Industry Award was established to recognize those individuals in the Percussion Industry who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their field and outstanding support of the Society.
The 2012 recipient of the PAS President's Industry Award is Dave Black. Dave has been the Director of Percussion Acquisitions at Alfred Music Publishing over the past 27 years. He has co-authored such pedagogical texts as Alfred's 'Drum Method, Books 1 & 2', Alfred's 'Beginning Drumset Method', and 'Cymbals: A Crash Course' and has received numerous awards, such as two Grammy nomination certificates and over 20 consecutive ASCAP Popular Composer Awards.
Lifetime Achievement Award in Education: Marty Hurley and Alan Shinn The Percussive Arts Society Lifetime Achievement Award in Education recognizes the contributions of the most highly regarded leaders in percussion education. The 2012 recipients of this award are the late Marty Hurley, and Alan D. Shinn.
Marty Hurley enjoyed a career as a performer, composer and educator. He served most notably as instructor and arranger for the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as Director of Bands at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans from 1974 until his death in 2011.
Alan Shinn's work as an educator and performer has spanned over 30 years, with the majority of those years spent teaching at Texas Tech University. Currently serving as Principal Timpanist with the Santa Fe Pro Musica and Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Shinn has always maintained an active performing schedule providing students with a working musician role model.
Australia receives Outstanding PAS Chapter Award The Outstanding PAS Chapter Award recognizes individual chapters who have increased membership and provided percussion events, newsletters, and experiences that are beneficial for the continued music education of all chapter members. The 2012 Outstanding PAS Chapter Award goes to the PAS Australia Chapter. Current officers of the Australia Chapter are Gary France (President), Mark Robinson (Vice-President), James Bailey (Treasurer), and Andrew Wiering (Secretary).
Awards presentation during PASIC 2012 All recipients will be honored in an awards presentation during PASIC 2012 on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8:00pm in Austin, Texas. The awards presentation will take place before the Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Group evening concert in Exhibit Hall V at the Austin Convention Center.