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Percussive Arts Society Launches New Publication

April 3, 2014 Leave a comment
Rhythm Scene Publication

‘Rhythm Scene’ Publication.
Image provided by Percussive Arts Society and used with written permission.

By Matthew Altizer
Percussive Arts Society

The Percussive Arts Society recently announced its new bi-monthly publication Rhythm! Scene, replacing the previous publication Percussion News. This new publication is available for mobile devices including iPad, Android tablets, and Kindle Fire, in addition to an online e-reader through The new format offers percussion enthusiasts more information in each issue by embedding links to audio and video, manufacturer websites, and other digital media that simply can’t be duplicated in a print publication, in addition to keeping every enthusiast up-to-date with PAS. Rhythm! Scene is open to the public as a free publication.

Megan Arns

Megan Arns

PAS has tabbed editor Megan Arns to lead the Rhythm! Scene publication efforts by focusing on new initiatives and informative articles. Megan is currently pursuing a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance & Literature and a M.A. in Ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music. She holds a M.M. and a Certificate in World Music from Florida State University and a B.M. from Truman State University. Active as a contemporary chamber musician, Megan’s recent highlights include collaborative performances in India, Jordan, Costa Rica, Ghana, and the United States. Megan currently serves on the faculty of Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA and recently filled an interim position in Jordan on the faculty of the National Music Conservatory and as Principal Timpanist of the Amman Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Megan has been awarded travel grants to several countries in Africa and the Middle East for study, research, and education. She also has extensive experience in the field of marching percussion, serving on the instructional staff of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps and as a performing member of the Santa Clara Vanguard.

Percussive Arts Society Executive Director Jeff Hartsough said: “I’m very pleased that Megan has joined our publications team as Editor for our newest publication Rhythm! Scene.  Her diverse background along with her contacts will bring a depth of knowledge that will cultivate fresh and current subjects to be enjoyed by everyone from students and enthusiasts, to educators and professionals.”

Staci Stokes-Waites

Staci Stokes-Waites

PAS has also hired Staci Stokes-Waites as Advertising Sales Manager. Staci currently teaches General Music in Pearland, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Percussion Performance from Texas Tech University. Stokes-Waites spent twelve years with Pro-Mark Corporation, where she worked as the Director of Education. She has a vast background of teaching to all age groups spanning Kindergarten to college level and has also marched and instructed with several corps in the Drum and Bugle Corps activity. Staci served as a PAS intern in 1993 and has also sat on the Education Committee as well as being selected as a PAS Future Leader.

When asked about her new position within PAS, Staci said: “I have always held considerable respect for the Percussive Arts Society and the invaluable role it plays in the educating and nurturing of percussionists of all ages. It is truly an impeccable organization and I am excited to be a part of the PAS team as the Advertising Sales Manager. I look forward to working with so many of my old and new friends in the industry and to contribute what I can to the future of PAS.” For more information about advertising with PAS, contact Staci at

About Percussive Arts Society
The Percussive Arts Society was established in 1961 as a non-profit music service organization. Its mission is to promote percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world. PAS is the world’s largest percussion organization with more than 7,000 members representing over 50 countries and serves as the central source for information and networking for drummers and percussionists of all ages. The Percussive Arts Society international headquarters is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information about the Percussive Arts Society, visit its Web site at or call 317-974-4488.