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Percussion Ensemble honored to perform at the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention

November 11, 2010

On Thursday, Nov. 11, the Colorado State University Percussion Ensemble will perform at the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, or PASIC, in Indianapolis, Ind.

Many of the world's best musicians

The Percussive Arts Society International Convention is the largest single instrument convention in the world with an average attendance of 6,500. According to the PASIC website, the lineup includes more than 150 events on 12 stages featuring many of the world’s best musicians on drumset, orchestral percussion, keyboard, world percussion, marching, and more.

A performance at PASIC is the highest award a collegiate percussion ensemble can achieve. Based on submitted live recordings, three collegiate ensembles are selected from around the world.

“We are extremely elated at this opportunity, as it will revolutionize the interest and the perception of our percussion studio and the department,” said Eric Hollenbeck, associate professor of percussion, and co-coordinator of brass and percussion at CSU.

5,000 patrons expected

CSU was offered the New Music Session which offers the lengthiest playing time, as well as being the most highly attended concert at the conference with 5,000 patrons expected to attend.

Todd Queen, chair of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will be in attendance for the ensemble’s prestigious performance. “It is such an honor to be chosen for a performance at PASIC, and we are so proud of Eric Hollenbeck and his excellent job at teaching and preparing our students,” said Queen.

"Eric Hollenbeck's own artistry and performances are extraordinary, and that, combined with his outstanding teaching, have led to recruitment of these excellent percussion students who now find themselves in this national spotlight," said Ann Gill, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, in an introductory statement prepared for the conference performance program.

Past conventions have featured the University of North Texas, Yale University, Paris Conservatory, and Northwestern University.

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