Ahhh the sound of cymbals crashing, mallets dancing across marimbas, bass drums thumping and the rat a tat tat of a snare. These are the sounds the Berklee Booth was serenaded by at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC)!
The Berklee Booth was set up amongst hundreds of other vendors as the Percussion enthusiasts of America walked through their version of a kids candy shop. Everything percussion related was there. You can’t even imagine! There were clinics and master classes and even YOGA for percussionists. Even though I am not a percussionist I decided to check it out! I am ready to go. The Berklee Booth was manned by myself and Drum set principal, performance major, Tom Wandell. We were quite a team. There were also many Berklee Percussion Faculty here doing clinics as well. Chair of the Percussion Department John Ramsay, Assistant Chair Yoron Israel, Sergio Bellotti, Joe Galeota, Skip Hadden and Nancy Zeltsman were all here taking part in PASIC 2009. It just happen to be the same time Bands of America were here having their High School competition too. It was great to have a flow of students and parents eager to learn about going to Berklee!
One of our neighbor booths BIG EAR were very nice to spend time with. They emphasized the importance of your hearing and wearing earplugs to protect your ears from an early age. They were making molds and offered a variety of earplugs from Musicians ear plugs to earplugs for sleeping as well as many more. They were packed the entire conference. It was refreshing to see the musicians of tomorrow taking great concern in their ears (including myself ☺ ).