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Percussion Day - March 23, 2024

Members of the Sympatico Percussion Group stand amoung various percussion instruments
Sympatico Percussion Group

The 2024 Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2024 in Blacksburg, VA at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech. Pre-registration is available at this link (encouraged), but onsite registration will also be available. There is no difference in price for pre-registration or onsite registration. 

Band directors and private lesson teachers, nominate a student for the Virginia All-Star Percussion Ensemble! Please fill out this form by February 10, 2024.

The 2024 DOP will feature a high school solo percussion competition. All students will receive feedback from the judges and the winner will receive prizes from our sponsors. Students should expect to pay a $20 judges fee, in addition to the registration fee for the DOP. Students can register for the solo percussion competition on the same form as the event registration form. Students should register for the competition no later than March 20, 2024. Onsite registration will be available, but we cannot guarantee a time slot for onsite competition registrants.

Beginning at 9 am, workshops, masterclasses, and performances will take place throughout the day, culminating with a closing concert featuring Sympatico Percussion Group at 5pm. Sympatico members include Scott Herring (University of South Carolina), Susan Powell and Joe Krygier (The Ohio State University), Johnny Mendoza (McMurry University), and Chris Lizak (Ohio Wesleyan University). Other guest artists featured throughout the day include Doug Howard (former Principal Percussionist and Assistant Timpanist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Adam Clark (Drumset), Otu Kojo (West African Drums), Glenn Chilcote (Elementary Percussion Educator, Orff Specialist), and Annie Stevens (Timpani).  A complete schedule will be posted to this site by Feb. 10. 

Cost for entry to the entire day, including a ticket to the closing concert: $10 for PAS members/ $30 non-members. For PAS individual and group memberships, visit pas.org. Closing concert at 5pm only: $15 general / $12 senior / $10 student

For questions about the DOP, please email PAS VA/D.C. Chapter President, Annie Stevens, at ajs@vt.edu. Sponsored by the School of Performing Arts and the Percussive Arts Society

Guest artists:

Annie Stevens plays marimba with two mallets in each hand
Annie Stevens, Associate Professor of Percussion
Five members of the Sympatico Percussion Group stand, dressed in blue, holding various percussion items: mallets, cymbal, drum
Sympatico Percussion Group
Karli Vina, with long brown hair, wearing a black dress, stands in front of a colorful blue and orange background holding percussion mallets.
Karli Viña
Lamon Lawhorn
Lamon Lawhorn
Doug Howard, standing at a marimba, dressed in a tuxedo
Doug Howard, former Principal Percussionist and Assistant Timpanist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Percussionist Jay Ware holds a fistful of mallets over his shoulder
Jay Ware, Liberty University

Note: we are not directly affiliated with any of these hotels.

  • A complete schedule will be posted to this site by Feb. 10. 
  • Beginning at 9 a.m., workshops, masterclasses, and performances will take place throughout the day 
  • 10 a.m. - Masterclass (Squires Recital Salon) 
  • 5 p.m. - Closing concert featuring Sympatico Percussion Group. Sympatico members include Scott Herring (University of South Carolina), Susan Powell and Joe Krygier (The Ohio State University), Johnny Mendoza (McMurry University), and Chris Lizak (Ohio Wesleyan University).
  • Other guest artists featured throughout the day include Doug Howard (former Principal Percussionist and Assistant Timpanist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Adam Clark (Drumset), Otu Kojo (West African Drums), Glenn Chilcote (Elementary Percussion Educator, Orff Specialist), and Annie Stevens (Timpani).

Like any college campus, parking at Virginia Tech can be challenging without a plan.  On Saturday and Sunday, all spaces are open without permits and parking is free, but Friday requires some planning. We cannot reimburse or forgive any parking tickets.

Parking for drop-off is the parking meters behind Squires on Alumni Mall

Parking is available at the Chicken Hill parking lot for $8 a day by using the ParkMobile app.