In less than 24 hours I’m going to jump on a plane and – barring an unwelcome stopover in Chicago – fly to Indianapolis to spend a couple days at the 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Convention.
For the uninitiated, PASIC is an annual gathering of drummers of all stripes – from rockers to hand percussionists to drum corps to orchestral players – all crammed into the same convention hall at the same time. I often joke to non-drummers that PASIC is a bit like going to Hell, only louder; though that comparison couldn’t be further from the truth.
PASIC is a dream come true for anyone who regularly wields a stick or slaps a skin, with multiple hourly clinics and workshops throughout the day, an exhibit hall populated by booths brimming with drums and percussion of all types, scholastic competitions, late-night jam sessions and parties, and an overwhelming sense of camaraderie that one simply cannot find elsewhere. Being an avowed drumming nerd, I couldn’t be more excited.
However, I wanted to tell you about a couple things that will happen over the next few days. First of all, DRUMmagazine.com will be a bit quiet tomorrow while we travel. During this downtime, I invite you to check out our deep archive of artist features, lessons, videos, gear reviews, and other types of juicy info only drummers could love. And don’t forget to post a message in our Forum, if you like. I’ll definitely read it if you do and will try to respond to your questions.
Then, starting around 6:00 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, I plan to begin loading videos shot earlier that day onto this website. While the rest of the DRUM! crew carouses until the wee hours in downtown Indy, I’m going to camp out in my hotel room, put on my sweats, order room service, and simply keep working until my eyes begin to close. Then I’ll get up the next morning, shoot as many clinics and booth tours as I can, and repeat the same routine that evening. My hope is to post lots and lots of content for you, our beloved readers, so that you can feel as if you were right there with me.
We head back home to California late Saturday afternoon, which means we’ll cover about half of the expo’s final day. Those videos and photo galleries will go online throughout next week, so be sure to keep logging in.
You can check out the lineup of clinicians and drum companies that will be at this year’s show by going here. If there’s anything in particular that you would like me to cover while I’m there, leave a message for me in the DRUM! Forum. You’ll see a new thread called “2011 PASIC Possibilities” where you can post your comments, and I’ll check your messages when I get to my hotel tomorrow.
Okay. I need to start packing for the show. See you on Thursday!