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Front Row from left to right, James Campbell - Co-Host & Immediate PAS President, Jim Corcoran - Co-Host & KY Chapter President

Back Row from left to right, David Ratliff - KY Chapter Secretary/Webmaster, Lalo Davila - Clinician/All Collegiate Conductor, Alan Abel - Symphonic Percussion Clinician, Billy Ward - Drumset Clinician, Nancy Zeltsman - Marimba Clinician, Rick Mattingly - 2003 PASIC Host, Scott Lang - Northern Kentucky University

Billy Ward to Headline Day of Percussion February 21, 2004

Billy Ward was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and currently resides in New York City. His music studies include Jack Volk from 1963-68 and Elvin Jones in 1969. He studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music from 1970-72 and then at North Texas State University from 1972-74.

Billy has been touring with singer Joan Osborne for more than four years, including a just completed arena tour in the U.S. with The Dixie Chicks. For three years, Billy's also been writing the much acclaimed "Concept" articles for Modern Drummer Magazine and serves on MDs advisory board. His book, "Inside Out... Exploring The Mental Aspects Of Drumming" has just been released through Hal Leonard/Modern Drummer Magazine. An instructional DVD film, titled "Big Time" is currently in the editing stage and will be released by April, 2004.

Billy has played drums on more than 60 albums and 60 film soundtracks. His solo album, "Two Hands Clapping" got a (perfect) 5 star rating in Modern Drummer and was called "album of the year".   

Billy has performed clinics and master classes all over the world including The Montreal Drum Festival in 2003, Rhythm In Bath (England) 2002, PASIC 2002 and Modern Drummer Festival 2000. As a teacher and clinician, Billy emphasizes a more musical approach to drumming while at the same time re-enforcing the importance of both drumming and musical fundamentals. He offers a very articulate "real world" approach in his teaching.


currently on tour with Joan Osborne    (00 - 03)

Bill Champlin    (90 - 93)

Bill Evans Supergroup    (86 - 88)

Ace Frehley    (86)

The Knack    (92)

Richard Marx    (97 - 98)

Yoko Ono    (86)

George Russell and Living Time Orchestra (93 - 02)

Carly Simon    (98)

Leni Stern   (95)

Jimmy Webb (95 - 00)

Chris Whitley (92 - 95)


Billy Ward / Two Hands Clapping

Robbie Robertson / Storyville     

The Knack / Serious Fun & Greatest Hits

Leni Stern / Words

Bill Champlin / ...And He Started To Sing      

Carly Simon / Film Noir

Jim Beard / Lost At The Carnival    & Truly

Bill Evans / Push     

Bruce Gaitsch / Nightingale

Marc Jordan / Cow      

Terri Nunn / Moment Of Truth

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / That Thing You Do!

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / Under Siege

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / The Island Of Dr. Moreau

George Russell and Living Time Orchestra / It's About Time

Amy Sky / Burnt By The Sun

Dar Williams / Mortal City


Dead Bang /Perfect Weapon/The Walking Dead/Double Team/Sister Act

The Island Of Dr. Moreau/Sniper/The Specialist/Andersonville               

The Substitute/Mi Vida Loca/Miami Blues/Under Seige/That Thing You Do!


" What a beautiful Monster!"

                    - legendary composer, Jimmy Webb '99

"Billy Ward has incredible energy for the band.    He's got all the technique of the great drummers but he's not 'Mr. Flash'.    He's got a lot of soul and heart in his playing."

                    -    Bill Evans, in DownBeat magazine '89

"Don't let that engaging smile fool you.    Billy Ward is thinking drums, time, and rhythm every moment, all the while playing for the music and for the band playing it.    He never surrenders himself to playing 'good enough'.    Billy is always working on new magic to express himself."

                    -    Jazz legend, George Russell '99

"In a drumming world filled with highly touted so-so players, Ward is a certifiable monster - impressive chops, an incredibly solid feel, a vast knowledge of styles, and a true sense of touch (practically a lost art these days).    Oh, and be sure to include Billy's playful, gregarious personality on that list; it adds a sparkle to any music he touches....Drummer's record of the year."

                    -    Modern Drummer magazine '99

"Billy has been a friend of mine for years, and I'm a big fan of his drumming. His cd is every bit as musical and passionate as he is! Do yourself a favor and check it out, I'm sure you'll dig it!!"   

                    - Gregg Bissonette

Billy Ward!!! There couldn't be a talent more deserving of wider recognition that I can name. He is a phenomenal player, both in concept and execution, and a wonderful, warm and funny person. In my humble opinion he has been an "accident" waiting to happen for a very long time and I think other people are finally beginning to feel the same way. The drumming community is lucky he is one of us!   

                     - Doane Perry     

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Other featured percussionists include Symphonic Percussion legend Alan Abel

Former Associate Principal Percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Alan Abel retired in September 1997 after 38 years of service. He currently works with graduate students at Temple University and gives master classes at Rutgers University. Abel has compiled two books on orchestral studies for timpani and percussion for G. Schirmer, Inc. and has designed and produced symphonic triangles and bass drum stands that are used throughout the world. Abel has served on the PAS Board of Directors, was inducted into the PAS Hall of Fame in 1998, and is presently Chair of the PAS Symphonic Committee. He has been a faculty member of the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, Glassboro State College, and the Philadelphia Settlement Music School.

Abel was a part-time member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and, after two years in a U.S. Air Force Band, played in the Oklahoma City Symphony (1953-59). He has given clinics and master classes throughout the U.S., Australia, Germany, and Japan, and is still active in this medium.

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Latin Percussion specialist Lalo Davila

will serve double duty as he prepares the Kentucky All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble for a concert and also presents a FUNdamentals session.

A Latin composer and percussionist whose gaze extends to education, adjudication, orchestral, and marching, Mr. Davila is a winner of Nashville's prestigious Top Five Percussionists of the Year Award. In his native Corpus Christi, Lalo Davila received his Bachelor of Music from the State University and his Masters from the University of North Texas. Currently he is Associate Professor and Director of Percussion Studies at Middle Tennessee State University.

A prolific writer, Lalo's compositions, have found their way into percussion ensemble repertoire, while his live performances span a remarkable range of genres. For example, he has toured with Take 6; he has played percussion with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and the Nashville Symphony; he has performed with Clay Walker, Vickie Carr, Sherry Lewis, The Panhandlers Steel Band, and Max Carl & The Big Dance. Studio credits include singing and playing percussion on a recent American Bible Society CD and an appearance on Kirk Whalum's latest album. In addition, Lalo Davila performs regularly with Latin ensembles including Orkesta Eme Pe and his own group, Island. If that were not enough, he is an active clinician who has been sought across North America and as far afield as Japan.

In the past, Davila has served as an instructor for the Phantom Regiment and the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps. In the mid eighties, he instructed and performed with the University of North Texas Percussive Arts Society Championship Drum Line.


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Pearl        Innovative Percussion         

Marimba specialist Nancy Zeltsman

(photo by Susan Wilson)

Nancy Zeltsman is a leading marimba performer, recording artist, commissioner of new works, teacher, author, and festival director. She has presented numerous recitals and marimba master classes across the United States as well as in Europe, Japan and Mexico. Her recordings include two solo CDs, "Woodcuts" (GM Recordings) and "See Ya Thursday" (Equilibrium), and three CDs with Marimolin. During their eleven years (1985-1996), the marimba/violin duo premiered nearly 80 pieces and sponsored eight annual international composition contests. In addition, Nancy has premiered dozens of marimba solos and other chamber works involving marimba. She will release a marimba duo CD with Jack Van Geem in 2004.

         Zeltsman's new marimba method, "Four Mallet Marimba Playing: A Musical Approach for All Levels," has just been published by Hal Leonard Corporation. She is Artistic Director of Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Inc., an annual two-week summer event. Since 1993, she has taught marimba at The Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music in positions which were created for her. Zeltsman served as a judge for the International Marimba Competition for Students in Paris, France (October 2003), the Belgium International Marimba Competition (August 2001), and was one of twelve international players featured at The World Marimba Festival in Osaka, Japan (August 1998).  

         Nancy is a graduate of New England Conservatory where she was a student of Vic Firth. Prior to that, she studied intensively with Ian Finkel. She endorses Marimba One marimbas and the "Nancy Zeltsman Series" of Encore Mallets. Nancy lives in Boston, MA.

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Kentucky Chapter of PAS Day of Percussion

Registration begins at 9 AM

Activities begin at 10:00 AM and will conclude by 5:30 PM

Cost is $10 registration fee / $5 for current members of PAS (with ID)

Your admission also registers you for the big door prize drawing. You could win valuable percussion accessories and instruments! Check here for updates as specific prizes become available!!!

Location is the Singletary Center for the Arts, Rose and Euclid Streets, University of Kentucky, Lexington

Schedule for the 2004 Kentucky Day of Percussion

8:30 AM
$10 for non-PAS members/ $5 for current PAS members (with ID)
10 AM
CLINIC: Lalo Davila
Mr. Davila will be presenting the FUNdamentals clinic, exploring techniques of Latin Percussion. This clinic is designed for middle school and high school aged students as well as music teachers.
Rehearsal Room
10 AM
MASTERCLASS: Nancy Zeltsman
The marimba masterclass will be aimed for the more advanced marimbist. Ms. Zeltsman will perform and have college students perform for comments examining technical and musical approach.
Recital Hall
11:30 AM
(The PAS Chapter meeting will be held in the Rehearsal Room).
1:00 PM
CONCERT: All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble
Directed by Lalo Davila, this concert consists of the finest students from various Kentucky Colleges and Universities.
Recital Hall
2 PM
CLINIC: Alan Abel
Classical percussion legend Alan Abel will present a clinic on symphonic percussion techniques.
Rehearsal Room
3:30 PM
WORKSHOP: Billy Ward
Billy Ward will share performance ideas and techniques from his vast experiences.
Recital Hall
5 PM
Various pieces of percussion accessories and instruments will be given away to registered attendees.
Recital Hall

For more information, please contact Jim Corcoran, President of the Kentucky Chapter of PAS.

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