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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 5 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.

Drumming for Our Veterans - 2018

Excited to share with you some of the 60 plus performers for the 2nd annual 'Drumming for Our Veterans'. Last year was magically awesome, ask anybody who was there. But I do believe this year we will be standing on our tippy toes raising the Bar. It's going to be a killer line-up! Please help us spread the word - The Mission is to honor our Vets and to pay it forward for the benefit of the Veterans at the VA Hospital. - Chet Doboe

Drum Corps World - November/December 2017 Issue

2017 Convention Videos

  • 8th Annual USARD Convention - Friday Night, May 12, 2017
    8th Annual USARD Convention - Friday Night, May 12, 2017

    This is the first of the official 8th Annual USARD convention held at the Genetti Hotel in Wilkes-Barre, PA, between May 12th to May 14th.

    Here we see the opening announcements, performances by the Rudimental Drum Club of New England (The New England Chapter of the USARD), The Connecticut Rebels of '76 Drum Ensemble, and various tribute performances.

    Friday Night USARD 2017 Denise Ciastko
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