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.
The Middle River Ancients from Baltimore, Maryland open the Saturday Morning performance schedule. Performing here are Bill Johnson, Ron Church, Bill Mojica & Nick Biscotti on snare drum, Charlie Kammer & Bill Stricklin on bass drum. Beth Johnson accompanied on fife.
The Air Force Drum & Bugle Corps Alumni Drum Ensemble, with Bob Zarfoss, Eric Landis & Bill Mojica on snare drum. Bill Sticklin is accompanying the guys on bass drum.
Joe Fontana, from one end of New York (Staten Island) and Bill Putnam, from the other side of New York (Rochester), perform a unique drum piece entitled, "A Bit More Hellish", an interpretation of "Hell on the Wabash".
Bill McGrath and Bill Putnam, both Emerald Cadets of Rochester New York alumni, form the New York Drummers Association for 2017.
The first place winners of the individuals snare drum and bass drum competitiion perform their contest solo pieces.
Mark Beecher of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers presents his drum ensemble, "The Troublemakers".
Mark also demonstrates the application of drum rudiments to the drum set and is later joined with some of his friends (and ours) from the convention attendees.
This group is the brain-child of John Flowers. John, being the instructor for the Reading Buccaneers Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps, who were having a show this same weekend, could not attend.
Performing: on snare drum, Joe Fontana, John Pepe & Bill Mojica. On rudimental bass, Bill Stricklin.
Wilkes College alums Steve Fidyk and Dominick Cuccia present a clinic demonstrating rudiments applied to the rope-tensioned snare and to the standard drum set. Steve and Dom will later in the presentation be joined by friends and family for a little jamming.