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2017-2018 Utah PAS Events
2017 Fall Day of Percussion - Saturday, October 28 - Mt Timpanogos Marching Band Competition
Featuring guest clinician Mike McIntosh
Directors will choose their own 30 minute time slot for performance (25 minutes of play/clinic, 5 minutes to move equipment).  It is recommended that you play 8-12 minutes during that time slot that demonstrates your ensemble's abilities.  Consider playing a couple of warm ups (probably not 8s), as well as a couple of sections from your show that showcase your percussion section.  At the conclusion of your performance, the local clinicians as well as Mike McIntosh will work with your group for the remainder of the block.  

2018 Day of Percussion - Saturday, March 17 - Juan Diego Catholic High School
featuring guest artists and clinicians Mark Ford, Marcus Santos (Brazilian hand drummer),
and Larnell Lewis (drum set player for Snarky Puppy)

Registration and further details available in January 2018

Wrap up of past events

2017 Utah PAS Day of Percussion

The annual Utah PAS Day of Percussion was held on March 18, 2017 at Juan Diego Catholic High School.  Throughout the day, attendees were treated to performances, clinics, terrace concerts and the nation's largest DOP Solo & Ensemble Competition.  The DOP featured showcase performances by the Westlake High School Percussion Ensemble, the Park City High School Percussion Studio, and the Farmington Junior High Advanced Percussion Ensemble (all 2016 Large Ensemble State Champions).  In addition, FREE clinics were offered by world-renowned percussionists: Pius Cheung, Paul Rennick, and Kobie Watkins.  Other events included terrace performances by the Oak Canyon JHS Taiko Ensemble and by Impact Winter Percussion.  The day concluded with a Winner's Concert that featured five state champions from various solo categories.  Awards were presented to the top three winners in 23 different competitions.  Utah PAS would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of the 2017 Utah DOP artists and winner's concert/awards ceremony: Vic Firth, Zildjian, Innovative Percussion and Remo.

The 2018 Day of Percussion is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Juan Diego Catholic High School

2016 Utah PAS Fall Day of Percussion

The 2016 Fall Day of Percussion was held on October 15, 2016 in conjunction with the Mt. Timpanogos Marching Band Competition at Pleasant Grove HS.  The day featured guest clinician Bret Kuhn.  The 2016 event was just the second Utah PAS Fall Day of Percussion; this year featuring 11 drum lines in three divisions.  During each ensemble's performance, Bret Kuhn and other local professionals provided taped comments for each line.  These comments were e-mailed out at the conclusion of the event to help the ensemble prepare for the last two weeks of marching season.  Preparations are in place for the 2017 Fall Day of Percussion.  Make sure to send an e-mail to utahpercarts@gmail.com to get your name on the mailing list for upcoming events.

2016 Utah PAS Day of Percussion 

The 2016 Utah Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Day of Percussion was held on March 19 at Juan Diego Catholic High School.  The day featured clinics and showcase concerts from Caixa Trio and Ndugu Chancler, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, the University of Utah, American Fork High School, American Fork Junior High School, Intermountain Percussion Association, Gamelan Madu Kencana and Samba Fogo.  In addition, students from around the state competed in a Solo/Ensemble competition with more than 300 entries.  At the conclusion of the day, more than 700 attendees gathered in the Auditorium to recognize the 2016 State Champions in various Solo/Ensemble categories, and heard performances from the winners in various categories, as well as a guest performance by the Honors Youth Percussion Ensemble.

Congratulations to everyone who attended the most comprehensive percussion education experience in the state of Utah, the annual Day of Percussion!

2015 Utah PAS Fall Day of Percussion

The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) of Utah's inaugural Fall Day of Percussion was held on Saturday, October 24 at Pleasant Grove High School in conjunction with the Mt. Timpanogos marching band competition.  The event featured eleven drum lines in two divisions.  Every drum line performed for a panel of adjudicators who provided recorded comments for the battery and front ensemble.  After each performance, DOP Clinician Matt Savage provided a clinic to the percussion section.  At the conclusion of the day, Matt Savage offered a clinic for all attendees entitled "Secrets to playing in Time", and awards were presented in both divisions.  

A full recap of awards can be on the Fall DOP Home Page. 
Be sure to check out pictures from the events on the Utah PAS Facebook and Twitter Page.

Utah PAS would like to extend gratitude to those who made this event possible either through monetary or in-kind contributions to make the Fall Day of Percussion a possibility, and those who helped allow Matt Savage to be a part of the event.

Dana Slabaugh - Fall Day of Percussion Host and Coordinator
John Miller - Mt. Timpanogos Marching Band Competition Coordinator
Vince Burgoyne - Pleasant Grove High School Band Director
Jim Bailey - Education Manager, D'Addario
Wes Kreitz - District Manager, Yamaha Corporation of America
Phil Carnivale - Regional Business Development Manager, D'Addario
Yamaha Percussion
Evans Drumheads
Sabian Cymbals
ProMark Sticks and Mallets
Remo Drumheads
Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets
Malletech Sticks and Mallets



The Utah Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, its’ leadership and members have been responsible for a remarkable renaissance in the percussive arts through performance and performance at all levels throughout the state of Utah. Each year, the chapter publishes multiple newsletters and articles focused on percussive-related topics for the working percussionists, non-percussionists educators, percussion enthusiasts and of course, students at every level of experience. We are also proud to host annually both a Fall and Spring “Utah PAS Day of Percussion”. rs.

Check this web site often for updates on our Day of Percussion, election information, photos, articles & newsletters, and other important information pertaining to events taking place within our community.

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