The beat goes on
Nevada Percussion Arts Society hold
festival at UNLV
This past Sunday,
the Nevada Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society held its annual
day of percussion at UNLV. The day was filled with performances,
clinics and lectures by all different types of artists from around
The day opened with Ronnie Vannucci of hit band The Killers leading
a drum set clinic while keeping the crowd thoroughly entertained. He
discussed his particular style of playing and his experiences
playing with The Killers.
Following Vannucci's clinic came a set of solo performances by UNLV
Doctor of Music Arts Candidate Alex Stopa and High School Solo and
Ensemble winner Daniel Alemeda. Not very often do high school and
university players perform together at one event. "I think this is a
really good opportunity for the younger kids to get a taste of what
the percussive society is all about in Las Vegas," Alemeda said.
Later in the day, the UNLV Percussion Ensemble put on a performance
of "The Invisible Men" by Nigel Westlake. The piece was written for
a 1906 Austrailian silent film. The film portrays a tale of two
wizards who create a potion that has the ability to make one
invisible. The overall performance could have been smoother due to
technical errors with the movie. It was a rough start, but as far as
the musical performance goes, it was extremely interesting and
accurately synchronized to the film.
Brett Barnes, who has been chapter president of PAS for the past
three years, was very enthusiastic with the event as a whole. "One
thing that is good to see is that our membership has grown past 50
members here in Nevada, and we always welcome more," Barnes said.
"This is the first year that the performers and clinicians have all
been residents in Nevada, [whereas] in the past a few of the artists
have been from other parts of the country."
The day was concluded with performances by the UNLV Brazilian
Ensemble, Vegas Vanguard and a drum set clinic by Jamie Borden.
Barnes said, "The diversity of performers we have today is
outstanding. We have classical, drum set, marching and world
percussion all in one event, which offers people a good variety of
music to listen to."
Nevada PAS is already planning with UNLV for next year's event.
Barnes said they have a few great artists already, and the lineup
should be solid. The Nevada Day of Percussion is held every spring.
For more information or to become a member of the Percussive Arts
Society, visit pas.org