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Sad News


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. 

Nick Biscotti

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.

    Written on Friday, 08 December 2017 08:40 Read 168 times


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.

Kevin Donka - New Book

2017 Convention Videos

  • C.A.D.R.E. & Friends - USARD 2017
    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 Ciastko
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