The People of Pasic 2013

The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) returned to Indianapolis November 13-16 for four days of drums, from marching contests and classical concerts to exhibits and drum set clinics by Chad Smith, Rich Redmond, Walfred Reyes, and others. More than 5100 made the trek to Indy for the show. If you’ve never been to PASIC before, it’s drum heaven. Maybe you need to make plans now for the 2014 show November 19-22.

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The Gen 16 display drew steady traffic at Zildjian.

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Even better, Zildjian showed off a set of prototypes with real old-world sound.

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Peter Erskine (pictured) Ndugu Chancler, Dave Weckl, and other artists sat in at the Vic Firth 50th anniversary private party.

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Bulent Akbay of Istanbul Mehmet mugs for the camera with a poster of the DRUM! Mehmet Giveaway featuring an intense Robbie Ameen. Robbie also performed at PASIC.

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What would be extra cool under the Christmas tree? Yamaha DXR powered speakers with a DXS subwoofer.

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Most popular at the Yamaha booth? The Live Custom Oak kit. It sounded like it has already been EQ’ed.

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Brothers in arms, and good drummers, too. Steve Fisher, product manager, and Bob Terry, artist relations manager of Yamaha DTX drums.

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My fifteen seconds of fame. DRUM! Publisher Phil Hood with the legend, Vic Firth.

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Boso Drum Stick producer David Reid with DRUM! ad rep Eric Frank. Boso has plans for a whole line of ecologically sustainable products.

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You are looking at Fugate drums. Each stave is freefloating and tunable.

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The movable pieces can depress the stave at various points, changing pitch.

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A Taye go-kit with honey finish. Sweet.

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Over at the Dixon booth there were lots of new Artisan kits and snares.

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Boso bamboo sticks.

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The True Tuner allows you to adjust all lugs at once.

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Cool snares at the Black Swamp booth.

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2box drums at the Tama booth got a big workout.

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Libor Hadrava speaks convincingly of the tambourines at Grover pro.

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Majestic tympani. There were many tympani and mallet exhibits.

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Would you buy a cymbal from these guys? Craig Glover and Andy Morris of Dream strike an heroic pose.

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Great frame drums come from these guys. The crew at Cooperman drums.

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Some day you’ll have to have one. A rope-tuned Cooperman drum.

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Crescent showed off a wide range of its wears including this shape.

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Classic bells and chimes are one of the unusual treasures of the show. Great sounds.

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We got out of Indianapolis on Saturday, just before a big storm hit, trapping people in the airport. At our stop in Las Vegas we got off the plane to eat and ran into this sign. No thanks, we just spent three days making noise ourselves.