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MARCH 14, 2009

Singletary Center for the Arts, University of Kentucky

Front row from left to right, Andy Bliss (KY PAS Vice President), Brad Meyer, Ben Stiers, Nick Angelis
Back row from left to right, Brian Mason, James Campbell (University of Kentucky), James Corcoran (KY PAS President), Scott Herring, David Ratliff (KY PAS Secretary), Rick Gardner (West Ky. Rep/Webmaster)

James Corcoran, Lewis Nash, James Campbell, David Ratliff


Lewis Nash - Drumset Masterclass


"Rhythm Is My Business" is the title of his debut recording as a leader, and rhythm is a booming business as far as Lewis Nash is concerned. He is the drummer of choice for an incredible array of artists - from the masters of the music to the hottest young players of today - and is equally in demand as a clinician and educator.

Currently, while he continues to perform and record with a wide variety of artists, Nash leads several of his own exciting groups, from duo to septet. Outside of his many touring and recording accomplishments, thanks to the sponsorship of Sonor drums, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads and Regal Tip drumsticks, Lewis has become a sought after jazz educator. His lectures, clinics and workshops are as much in demand as his bandstand and studio work. Lewis Nash: Rhythm is indeed his business!



Dick Sisto - Vibraphone Artist

Currently, he is the music director at the famous Seelbach Bar at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel where his trio has backed great jazz artists such as Pat Labarbera, David Liebman, Joe Morello, Joe Labarbera, Kevin Mahagony, Bobby Shew, Kenny Werner, Dave Samuels, Rich Perry, Andy Laverne, Don Braden, David Hazeltine, Walt Weiskoff, Scott Wendholt, Lynne Arrialle, Steve Davis and many others.

He also hosts two public radio jazz shows for WFPK, Louisville. The Inner Ear and the most recent called Jazz Folio, an interview and performance show on which he has performed with and/or interviewed guests such as Phil Woods, Toots Thielmans and Paul Winter as well as most of the Seelbach guests previously mentioned. His CD End of Time was 28th on the Gavin Radio Airplay List.

Sisto appears as a sideman on more recent CD's by tenor saxophonist Mark Colby, and guitarist Kenny Poole.

He has been the vibes teacher for the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops for over ten years. Dick is a Musser vibraphone and Pro Mark mallet clinician. He has developed a signature mallet for Pro Mark. ( See mallet page ). He is the author of The Jazz Vibraphone Book, published by Meredith/Hal Leonard.   For more about Dick Sisto read his bio at




Scott Herring - Marimba Artist and All-Collegiate Director

Scott Herring currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of South Carolina. At USC, Dr. Herring directs the Percussion Ensemble and the Palmetto Pans Steel Band. Previously he served as Assistant Professor of Percussion and Assistant Director of Bands at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from East Carolina University and a Masters degree and Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University. While residing in Chicago, Herring performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago under the batons of Daniel Barenboim, John Adams and Pierre Boulez.  He has presented clinics and concerts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, Kansas, Michigan and Texas as well as a clinic at the 2002 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Herring is an endorser of Dynasty Percussion Instruments, Innovative Percussion mallets and sticks, and Grover Pro Percussion products.  He performs exclusively on the Dynasty Mark Ford signature 5.0 octave marimba with mallets by Innovative Percussion.

 Dr. Herring, in collaboration with Susan Powell and Joseph Krygier, also performs with the Shiraz Percussion Trio. The group is dedicated to performing contemporary works for percussion ensemble as well as music created by members of the group. The Shiraz Trio has performed at numerous universities, music festivals, and Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion throughout the U.S. 

Dr. Herring also performs with USC Saxophone professor, Cliffod Leaman, as the RoseWind Duo. They have given numerous performances and clinics at Universities across the country, including appearances at Northwestern University, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Southern Mississippi. They have been invited to perform at many professional conferences, including the 2007 NASA Region 7 Conference in Greensboro, NC, the 2007 South Carolina Music Teachers Association State Conference, the 2007 International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and the 2008 Biennial Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance.  Their debut CD, Release, on Equilibrium Records was released in November 2008.


Scott Herring and the All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble.

Nick Angelis and the University of Cincinnati Drumline - Marching Clinic

Vic Firth Artist: Nick Angelis Nick Angelis has been involved in the drum corps activity since 1979. Throughout 15 seasons, he marched with The Satellites from Leicester, MA from 1980-87, The Spartans from N.H. '88 and '89, The Boston Crusaders '90-91, The Santa Clara Vanguard 1992, The Star of Indiana 1993, Brass Theater 1994, and aged out of The Blue Knights from Denver, CO in 1995.

As a performer, he was crowned The 1992 Drum Corps International Rudimental Snare Drum World Champion, 1993 Drum Corps Midwest Champion and was a part of the 1993 Star of Indiana World Champion Percussion section.

Nick has taught and or written, for numerous marching bands and drum corps all around the country including: Blue Knights, Boston Crusaders, Crossmen, Spartans of N.H., Troopers (Caption Head/Arranger 2005), Spirit of J.S.U. (Co-Caption Head and Co-Arranger 2004-05), University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 3 Time BOA Finalist and AAA National Champion, Kennesaw Mountain H.S. (Percussion Arranger), BOA 2004 Atlanta Regional Finalist Harrison H.S., and BOA 2005 National Semi-Finalist, Bellbrook H.S.

He is currently The Assistant Band Director for The University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands under the direction of Dr. Terren Frenz, and the Caption Head and Percussion Arranger for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps.

Visit his web page at


University of Cincinnati Drumline

University of Cincinnati Drumline

Brian Mason - FUNdamentals

Timpani Fundamentals Clinic Handout

Currently, Brian is a member of the percussion faculty at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY, and is the director of the award-winning Marching Percussion Ensemble. At MSU, Mr. Mason is a member of the Faculty Jazz Ensemble, the Faculty Chamber Ensemble, and performs regularly with the Faculty Brass Quintet. Off-campus, he is a member of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, and appears as a guest artist with many high school percussion ensembles across the country, in addition to performing with Dr. Steven Snyder in their jazz vibraphone/piano duo.

Brian received his M.M. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is pursuing his D.M.A. at the University of Kentucky, where he received his B.M. He is a member of the Vic Firth Education Committee, the Percussive Arts Society Health and Wellness Committee, and the Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion Committee. He has published articles in Percussive Notes, has been interviewed in Modern Drummer and Band and Orchestra Magazine, and was a contributing editor for Stick It magazine. Brian co-authored the 2000 Modern Drummer Readers Poll's "No. 1 Drum Set Method Book," The Commandments of R&B Drumming (Warner Brothers), and his original works are published through Row-Loff Productions and Tap Space Publications. Brian proudly endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets, makers of his signature line of mallets and drumsticks, as well as Zildjian cymbals, Evans drumheads, and Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments.   Read all of Brian's bio at


 Brad Meyer - FUNdamentals

Bradley Edward Meyer is a percussion artist and composer with an extensive and diverse teaching background. Meyer often tours to universities and high schools throughout the Southern and Midwestern states presenting recitals and workshops on topics such as electro-acoustic percussion, contemporary marimba, marching percussion, and world music. Meyer was recently appointed front ensemble caption head of the acclaimed Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, where he has worked for the past two years as a technician. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctorate of Music in Percussion Performance under James Campbell at the University of Kentucky, where he also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in 2006. He also received his Master of Music Performance Degree under the direction of Dr. Scott Herring at the University of South Carolina, where he ran Palmetto Pans, the USC drumline, and debuted his percussion ensemble composition, Your Three Favorite Colors. His extensive training in world music, particularly on the Caribbean steel pan, Korean changgo, mbira (Zimbabwe finger piano), and both Javanese and Balinese gamelan has provided a global perspective for his performances and research areas. From 2002-2005, Meyer was a part of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps’ front ensemble, where he accumulated one world championship, three “high-drum” trophies, and three “outstanding service” awards. 

 Ben Stiers - FUNdamentals

Tambourine Combination Etude - Clinic Excerpts - Tambourine FUNdamentals

Ben Stiers is currently a Teaching Assistant at the University of Kentucky, where he is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts.  Prior to his studies at UK, Ben earned his Master's Degree in Music Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his Bachelor's Degree from Illinois State University.  His professional performing experience includes extensive freelance work in the Las Vegas area, as well as appearances with the Peoria (IL) Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Lexington Philharmonic.  As an educator, Ben has been on the staff of both the concert and marching percussion tracks for the Music for All Summer Symposium, and has been a writer, arranger, and instructor for several high school marching programs in Illinois and Nevada.  His primary teachers have included James Campbell, Dean Gronemeier, Tim Jones, David Collier, and Tom Marko.

Kentucky Chapter of PAS Day of Percussion

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Schedule for the 2009 Kentucky Day of Percussion
(Times are subject to change)



8:30 A.M.
$10 for non-PAS members/ $5 for current PAS members (with ID)  
9:00 A.M. Brian Mason Timpani FUNdamentals (Rehearsal Room) Vic Firth, Evans, Zildjian, Pearl/Adams
9:00 A.M. Dr. Scott Herring Marimba Workshop (Recital Hall) Innovative Percussion, Grover, Dynasty
10:00 A.M. Brad Meyer Keyboard FUNdamentals (Rehearsal Room) Vic Firth, Evans
10:30 A.M. Nick Angelis Marching Percussion Workshop with the University of Cincinnati Drumline. (Recital Hall) Vic Firth, Evans, Pearl, Zildjian
11:00 A.M. Ben Stiers Tambourine FUNdamentals (Rehearsal Room) PAS Kentucky Chapter
11:50 A.M. Door Prize Drawing Door prize drawing #1 (Recital Hall)  
12:00 P.M. Lunch (On your own)  
1:30 P.M. All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble Directed by Dr. Scott Herring, this concert is presented by all-star students from Kentucky colleges and universities. (Recital Hall)  
2:20 P.M. Door Prize Drawing Door prize drawing #2 (Recital Hall)  
2:30 P.M. Disk Sisto Jazz Vibraphone Masterclass (Recital Hall) Pro-Mark, Musser
4:00 P.M. Lewis Nash Drumset Workshop (Recital Hall) Sonor, Remo, Zildjian, Regal Tip
5:30 P.M. Door Prize Drawing Door prize drawing #3 (Recital Hall)  

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