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Charlie Harrington to Perform at Jim Chapin Memorial Teacher Scholarship Launch

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The award-winning jazz drummer, Charlie Harrington, is slated as a guest performer at the upcoming launch of the Jim Chapin Memorial Teacher Scholarship at the famed Hard Rock Cafe in New York City on February 17, 2010 at 7:00 P.M.

The event, which celebrates one of drumming's most dedicated and influential legends, will include performances by some of today's leading drummers, along with music by members of the Chapin family.

The Jim Chapin Memorial Teacher Scholarship, open to instructors that want to improve their teaching programs, will be given annually and will be maintained by the Percussive Arts Society (PAS).

Mr. Chapin, who passed away on July 4, 2009, just shy of his 90th birthday, was known as the “Father of Independence," due in a large part to the revolutionary book he published in 1948 entitled Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer, Vol. I. Still in print today, it became known among drummers simply as “The Chapin Book" and is arguably the most important drum set text ever written. In 1994, Mr. Chapin received two honors for his contributions to music and education: the American Eagle Award, presented by the National Music Council in Washington, DC and a lifetime achievement award from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. And in 1995, he was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.

Contributions can be made at the February 17 event and at any other time by check payable to PAS/Jim Chapin Scholarship or online.

Mail checks to:
Percussive Arts Society
110 W. Washington St., Suite A
Indianapolis, IN 46204 USA
tel: 317-974-4488
fax: 317-974-4499
e-mail: percarts@pas.org

To donate online, go here and select #23, 'Jim Chapin Teacher Scholarship,' from the pull-down menu.

More information about Jim Chapin and his remarkable career can be found at jimchapin.com.

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