One Thousand Plus Entertained and Educated by Crown Battery and Pit
Saturday afternoon at close to 5:00 ET there was a distinct buzz throughout the Sagamore Ballroom of the Indianapolis Convention Center. That buzz was the crowd of a thousand plus percussion fans, performers and educators as they gushed in awe over the amazing clinic and performance put on by the Carolina Crown Percussion Section.
Led by Crown Percussion Director, Thom Hannum, and Crown Front Ensemble Arranger and Director, Jim Ancona, the Crown Battery and Front Ensemble performed excerpts from the 2016 show, Relentless, on Saturday, November 12, as a featured performing ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).
Thom Hannum, Crown Percussion Director since 2012 and Associate Director of the Minutemen Marching Band at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, was also honored over the weekend with the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education Award during the Bands of America Grand Nationals. The Bands of America Grand Nationals featured over 100 high school marching bands from across the country performing in competition throughout the weekend at nearby Lucas Oil Stadium.
Developed by the National Association for Music Education and Music for All, the George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education Award is named for the late George Parks, director of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band. Considered a national authority on drum majoring, Mr. Parks led the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, including at the Music for All Summer Symposium.
The audience members watching Crown perform included percussionists from middle school, high school and college drumlines from across the country. Many college professors were also in attendance, including Dr. Tracy Wiggins from the University of North Alabama, Dr. Paul Buyer from Clemson University, Tyler Loftin from Liberty University and Paul Rennick from the University of North Texas and Santa Clara Vanguard. Representatives from Crown sponsors also attended the clinic including Ed Boyer from Yamaha, Mark Branson from Remo, Neil Larrivee from Vic Firth and many more.
Carolina Crown would like to extend a thank you to all of our sponsors, individuals and families who helped send the Crown Percussionists to PASIC 2016.
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