KINGSPORT – The Dobyns-Bennett High School Percussion Ensemble is one of two high schools in the nation recently selected to perform at the prestigious 2010 Percussion Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, IN.
PASIC is the largest percussion event in the world featuring over 120 concerts, clinics, master classes, labs, workshops, panels and presentations by international artists. The event will be held November 10-13 at the Indianapolis Convention Center, with Dobyns-Bennetts performance scheduled for Friday, November 12. Dobyns-Bennett is the first school (high school or college) to represent the state of Tennessee at PASIC since it began in 1976.
The Dobyns-Bennett Percussion ensemble is led by Jason Walsh, Director of Percussion and Assistant Director of Bands. The ensemble was formed in 2002 and has performed at the Tennessee Music Education Association State Convention and the Music for All National Percussion Festival. The group has performed with artists such as Paul Wertico, Arthur Lipner, Jeff Queen and Andy Harnsberger. The ensemble has also sponsored the Days of Percussion event for several years, enhancing percussion education in the region. In addition, several members of the ensemble have participated in both the regional honor band and the Tennessee All-State Band and Orchestras.
Members of the 2010-11 Dobyns-Bennett Percussion Ensemble include: Hannah Easley, Katie Easley, Austin Breeding, Sarah Burleson, Andrew Naylor, Breonna Moles, John Fleming, Jeffrey Upshaw, Emily Seaton, Jimmy Cooper, Maria Baker, Brett Hamilton, Kelly Parker, Brian Smith and alternates Matt Chapman, Bonnie Parker, Rachel Winstead and Jackson May.
For more information on the Dobyns-Bennett Percussion Ensemble, please contact Jason Walsh at (423) 378-8400.