“Performance at PASIC is the pinnacle accomplishment for any university percussion ensemble,” said Brian West, division chair and coordinator of the percussion orchestra.
As a winner of the International Percussion Ensemble Competition, TCU students performed a showcase concert at PASIC, the world’s largest percussion conference. The convention features master classes and performances from leading artists in the field. This prestigious opportunity is based on musical excellence and is only offered to three ensembles. Selected groups must wait three years before reapplying for the blind competition. The TCU Percussion Studio has been invited and a featured performer at PASIC six times over the past 20 years.
The Percussion Studio PASIC program includes five world premieres of newly commissioned pieces written specifically for TCU, including:
- Thy Kingdom Come by Jacob Remington, Music Education ’09
- Cloud Dance by Harrison Collins, Music Composition ’24
TCU students also competed in the Chamber Percussion Ensemble and the Individual and Ensemble Competitions while at the convention. Two of the performed chamber pieces were written by TCU alumni:
- Dr. Dave Hall, Master of Music ’08
- Dr. Francisco Perez, Bachelor of Music Education ’13
The Individual and Ensemble Competition featured nine student solo performances and two small ensembles written by students Marshall Lane, Music Education ’23 and Rey Miranda, Music Education ’24.
The following TCU students also placed in the tenor and keyboard divisions:
- Luke Hammond, Music Education ’24, first place in University Tenors
- Anthony Chmielewski, Music Education ’25, first place in University Keyboard
- Jacob Cauley, Music Education ’23, second place in University Keyboard
- Austin Probst, Music Education ’24, third place in University Keyboard