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Hanging with Pius Cheung and Marja Kerney at the Innovative Percussion booth. Congrats to Pius on the awesome new marimba mallets!

PASIC 2013 was an incredible success.  Thanks so much to all of the many folks involved who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make this event happen every year.  Congrats to Bill Sallak and the New Music / Research Committee on an incredible series of Focus Day concerts and to the Percussion Ensemble Committee for the wonderful selection of ensembles from all over the country.  I was honored to attend my first meeting at PASIC as a new member of the Percussion Ensemble committee and I’m looking forward to working with them in the future on many continuing projects and some new ideas.

So good to see old friends and make some new ones.  Baljinder Sekhon’s new work for Percussion Ensemble entitled “Refuge” was a standout among the many fine world premiere pieces at PASIC this year; not to mention the expert performance by Indiana Universities’ Percussion Ensemble (congrats John Tafoya and Kevin Bobo!).  Great to see old friends Casey Cangelosi and Pius Cheung at the Innovative Percussion booth and check out their incredible new marimba mallets.  Congrats to you both!  Looking forward to next year’s convention.