The competition will take place on Thursday evening, November 14, 2019. Individuals and Ensembles are divided into High School and University divisions, with the oldest member of an Ensemble determining the division in which they compete. An Individual can compete in one of five categories: Rudimental Snare, Concert Snare, Tenors, Keyboard, and Timpani. An Ensemble must consist of  2-6 performers, and can compete in one of two categories: Marching (single instrument type such as snare, bass, cymbals, tenors), or Mixed (any combination of percussion instruments). Students may register for multiple categories if the schedule permits. However, PAS is unable to alter the schedule to accommodate participation in both events.


The Marching Workshop provides students with the opportunity to perform and learn from one of marching percussion’s top educators. Students will audition for a chance to be selected to participate in the Marching Workshop at PASIC 2019.

About John Mapes
John Mapes is a full-time percussion designer and educator based out of Southern California. He received his Bachelor of Arts in percussion from California State University Long Beach in the spring of 2000. Since 2005, he has earned an unprecedented 38 WGI medals, which includes 9 World Class championships.

He has been the Percussion Director at Chino Hills HS since the fall of 2005 and was Director of Percussion at Pacifica HS from 2000-2011. He joined the design team at Pulse Percussion in 2008 and is currently the battery arranger, visual designer and program coordinator. In 2013, John joined the design team for the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps as the battery arranger and worked there until the summer of 2016.

John is a Vic Firth Signature artist, a Yamaha artist, a Remo artist, a Zildjian artist and a WGI Percussion Steering Committee/Advisory Board member. He is also a co-founder of, a website compiling original indoor percussion and marching band shows with fellow composer Ian Grom.



All MarchingFest clinics and concerts will take place between Thursday, November 14 and Saturday, November 16, 2019. Please visit for full list of clinics and concerts.


All MarchingFest competitions will take place on Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15, 2019. Full details TBD.