Two items of great sadness:
Pat Biscotti, Nick Biscotti’s wife, passed away at 4:30 am this morning. Since she has donated her body, there will not be a viewing, but they plan to have a Memorial Service in the near future. Pat was a real trooper and a fun-loving person. We will all miss her so much. Our hearts and prayers go out to Nick and their sons. May she rest in peace. Condolences can be sent to the following address.
2 Dundee Court
Middle River, MD 21220
Other sad news:
Wayne Oien passed away suddenly this morning. Wayne was to be a Special Presenter at our 9th Annual 2018 U.S.A.R.D. Convention. There is no further information at this time. He will certainly be missed by the drumming community as he was an extraordinary drummer and a very fine fellow.
Bill McGrath, Jr. and the
U.S.A.R.D. Executive Committee
News Brief - 2018 U.S.A.R.D. Competition
The U.S.A.R.D. will again have junior level competition its 9th annual convention, being held on April 7, 2018, at the Genetti Hotel in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
The competition will be upgraded to include Individuals and Ensembles (I&E) format.
We are keeping it simple: Individual and ensemble competitors will be required to perform on marching snare or bass drums (rod-tension or rope-tension).
Ensembles can include, beside snare and bass drums, marching tenor drums and cymbals, but no mallet percussion.
More information on the competition, as well as on-line and downloadable form registration, will be available at the U.S.A.R.D. website soon.
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!
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.
Kevin Donka - New Book
2017 Convention Videos
C.A.D.R.E. & Friends - USARD 2017
Joe Fontana from the N.Y. Skyliners and Dr. Kevin Donka join in with the 2017 USARD performance of the Canadian Associates Drumming Rudimental Excellence, C.A.D.R.E., Drum Ensemble.C.A.D.R.E. & Friends 2017 Denise CiastkoRead 266 times