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Percussive Arts Society Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame will induct four top percussionists during the 39th Annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) from November 13-16. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoring the four newest members, will be held Thursday, November 14, before the PASIC Thursday Evening Concert at the Indianapolis Convention Center. The Class of 2013, includes Clifford Alexis, Harold Jones, Dr. Gary Olmstead, and Salvatore Rabbio.

Alexis has performed all over the world for such luminaries as Queen Elizabeth II, the Emperor of Ethiopia and President Senghor of Senegal. Moving to the United State in 1965, Alexis became an important educator and clinician, ultimately becoming co-director of the internationally acclaimed Northern Illinois University Steelband.

Jones is a prolific jazz drummer noted for his straight ahead style of playing during the big band era. Jones has performed with many of the top names in the jazz industry throughout his illustrious career; including Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennet, Frank Sinatra and many others, in addition to many symphony orchestras around the world.

Olmstead is a highly-regarded percussion educator who built the Indiana University of Pennsylvania percussion studio from a nascent program to a leading educational organization with alumni placed in many top university teaching positions, orchestras, military bands, and music industry positions.

Salvatore Rabbio is a noted world-class performer, clinician and educator. He served as principal timpanist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1958 until his retirement in 1998, touring and recording extensively with the world’s greatest conductors and many top record labels.

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