The United States Association of Rudimental Drummers

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2016 Conventions Photos

Gerd Sommer Remembers

The day of this writing, June 3rd, 2016 is the 88th birthday of USARD member and USARD 2016 Lifetime Achievement Awardee, Gerd Sommer.

In this video interview Gary Gillotti produced after this year's Memorial Day parade, Gerd mentions his time as a grammer school student as a student of the legendary drum teacher, J. Burns Moore.

Gerd is one of only two people I am aware of who was taught rudimental drumming by Moore. The other, another USARD member, is John Lester of Seattle, Washington.

 


Welcome to the Official Website of the United States Association of Rudimental Drummers!

 The USARD is dedicated to the Performance, Preservation and Promotion of the Art of Rudimental Drumming.

We encourages regional chapters that will meet to discuss, practice and perform. Members of the chapters meet annually for business and pleasure - mostly the pleasure of drumming! 

The annual convention is a showcase for the talented members who will perform as individuals or in ensembles.
Each year the convention features one or more special performer or prominent clinician. Individual and Ensemble (I and E) competition will be part of the organization's plan. 
The USARD is a great group to join if you are interested in getting back into your old love - rudimental drumming. It's also a wonderful opportunity for young drummers to see and hear some of the older styles of their predecessors such as Ancient (rope-tension) and classic drum and bugle corps drumming. You will meet some legendary drummers at a USARD convention!
We'd also love to meet some of today's contemporary drummers so we can share ideas and enjoy some of the new and exciting ideas of the modern drummer.
Drum notation in the form of solos, exercises or ensemble pieces will be available to members from this website for their personal and chapter use. Some drumming pieces will be dedicated to the annual massed drumming performances.
 
 

2016 Convention Videos

  • The Rudimental Drum Club of New England
    The Rudimental Drum Club of New England

    I apologize for the spotty quality of the audio: apparently the videographer was making sound adjustments during this performance. Some work on the audio using an audio/video editor helped some.

    Rudimental Drum Club of New England U.S.A.R.D. 2016 from Joseph Gillotti on Vimeo.

    The NE Chapter USARD 2016 JAG Productions
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