Paul Berns is currently a percussionist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as well as serving as Principal Percussionist and Orchestra Personnel Manager. Paul was on the Percussive Arts Society Board of Directors for 8 years, served as Indiana PAS President and hosted the legendary 1981 PASIC in Indianapolis. He taught percussion at Butler University for 10 years and is presently teaching a wonderful percussion program at the University of Indianapolis. Paul’s Band has performed for major Midwest functions for many years, including opening for Gladys Knight and being the entertainment for a Formula One race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Corporate events, fundraisers, dances, and television – including the music for CBS Introduction of the Final Four with Jim Nance in 2010.
Paul has been recently heard in the Percussive Arts Society’s commissioned Concerto for Section Percussion and Timpani by Joseph Schwantner with the Indianapolis Symhony Orchestra in 2011 on our Classical Series Concerts and for a sold out PAS membership PASIC concert. Paul has given clinics from NY to Illinois on various topics including: the art of playing cymbals, orchestra percussion, drumset in an orchestra setting, improvisation for the percussion ensemble, the orchestra and military band audition and preparing for your college audition.
Paul’s students have attended major music programs throughout the USA
Paul is also a Vic Firth and Grover and Evans Artist.