Dr. Gary J. Olmstead, Music Professor Emeritus at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), has been elected to the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Hall of Fame.The induction occurred at the PAS International Convention, November 2013.PAS is an international organization of over 7,000 members, with 50 chapters located across the United States, and an additional 28 chapters outside the United States. The Percussive Arts Society is the world's largest percussion organization and is considered the central source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers of all ages. Established in 1961 as a non-profit, music service organization, our mission is to promote percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world.
The Hall of Fame award is the society's highest form of recognition of outstanding accomplishment and artistic contributions to the world of percussion. Olmstead will join a select group of only 111 percussionists chosen to receive this honor since its inception in 1972.The PAS Hall of Fame was established to recognize the contributions of the most highly regarded leaders in percussion performance, education, research, scholarship, administration, composition and the industry. Inductees demonstrate the highest ideals and professional integrity to their profession to bring about significant events, substantive improvements in the world of percussion, and the betterment of the profession through exemplary services or acts.
Dr. Olmstead served as the Ohio University Graduate Assistant in Percussion from 1964-1966, receiving the MFA degree in Music.In addition to a number of awards and recognitions, Dr. Olmstead received the "Achievement in Music Award" from Ohio University in 1987 and the "Lifetime Achievement in Education Award" from The Percussive Arts Society in 2004.
He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.After graduation from OU, Olmstead spent the next thirty-seven years until his retirement in 2003 as Director of Percussion Studies at IUP developing the percussion program into one which has received international recognition.