The United States Association of Rudimental Drummers - Joe Gillotti
Joe Gillotti

Joe Gillotti

Monday, 04 February 2019 19:41

Tentative Schedule - 2019 Convention


The 10th Annual 2018 U.S.A.R.D. Convention...Genetti Hotel-Wilkes Barre, Pa.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday April 26, 27 & 28 Register w/ hotel 2:00-6:30 pm Register w/USARD 2:00-7:00 pm



Business Partner Sponsors

•             Cooperman Drum Company                

•             Calderwood                                                                                                                

Videographer: Tom Terreri    


Opening Ceremony National Anthem or Pledge of Allegiance 7:00-7:05 pm

Welcome & Announcements: 7:05-7:15 pm:


Friday Evening Presentations:


Air Force: Performance: 7:00-7:15 AM: 

Middle River: Performance: Middle River Ancients 7:15-7:30 AM

Special Presentation: I.A.T.D. Joanie Pratt 7:30-7:45 PM


TRIBUTES and moment of silence: 7:45-8:00 pm:

Performance 1: Tribute John Blair: Presenter: John Flowers  

Performance 2: Tribute to Cheryl E. (Sturtze) Grandmaison. Presenter: Gary Gillotti

Performance 3: Nick Attanasio Presenter: Dom Cuccia

Performance 4: Larry Saxman Presenter: Bill McGrath

Performance 5: Hubert Ablondi Army-Air-Corps, 344th Tng Div. D&B Oklahoma City Presenter: Bill McGrath

Performance 6: Brian Moore Presenters: Randy Wilcox, Paul Saunders, Roger Honeywell. 

Performance 7: Lewis Davis:  Presenters John Flowers, Harry Jenkins and Susan Stevens.


Mass Drumming: 8:00–8:25 pm Click title for pdf

Hell on the Wabash

Downfall of Paris


Old Dan Tucker

Paddy on the Handcar

Crazy Army

Grey Ghost “Reilly” (with Bass & Tenor)

Grey Ghost (Snare Only)

Friday Evening Social Continues from 8:25 on...


Saturday Morning April 27


Special/Presentation: A History of Rudimental Drumming in the United States: Patrick Jones 9:00-9:45 - New 

Special/Presentation: 9:45-10:15 AM David Nelson Presents: Moeller Association New Rochelle, N.Y.  -  New                                                 

Special/Presentation: 10:15-10:40 Presenter Jim Smith The Drummer’s Heritage Society also known as D.H.S.  -   New 

Special/Presentation: New England Chapter U.S.A.R.D. 10:40-10:55 Presenter: Gary Gillotti.


10 Minute Break 10:55-11:00


Special Presentation: St. Lucy’s 11:05-11:10 AM Presenter: “Chew” Gerhardt.


10 Minute Break 11:00-11:10 


Individuals Contest 11:10 am-12:00: Judge John Flowers.

Categories: Individual Snare Drum, Individual Rudimental Bass Drum, and Drum Ensemble: all are Jr. categories.


Lunch Break 12:00-1:15 pm: 1 hour & 15 min


Saturday Afternoon Continued April 27


Special Presentation: Regulators 1:15-1:45 PM Gus Cuccia & Catherine Cuccia Cavallo - New 

Special Presentation: The Civil War Troopers Dominick Cuccia 1:45-2:15 PM - New




Special Presentation: USMC Drum Quartette from the 1969-70 era 2:40-2:55 PM Presenter: Ed Fishell,

Performance: 2:55-3:25 PM: N.Y. Chapter of USARD: Presenters: Bill McGrath & Bill Putnam Complete PD


10 Minute Break 3:25-3:35 PM


Performances: 3:35-3:50 PM Individual Snare Drum, Bass Drum and Drum Ensemble contest winners performing the winning solos.


10 Minute Break 3:50-4:00 PM


Special Presentation: N.A.R.D. 4:00-5:00 PM Presenter: Mark Beecher 


Clear Ballroom 5:00-6:00 PM

Cocktails in Ballroom 6:00-6:30 PM

Dinner: 6:30-7:15 PM


Presentations/Awards/Acknowledgements: 7:15-7:45 PM

  • Moment of Silence: Re-announce tributes from Friday.
  • Lifetime Achievement 2018: T.B.D.
  • Acknowledgment of Lifetime Members
  •  Jim Coffey upgrade from Standard Member to Lifetime Member
  • Susan Stevens upgrade from Standard Member to Lifetime Member
  • Bill McGrath upgrade from Standard Member to Lifetime Member.  
  • 2019 Sonny Lyons Memorial Student Award: TBD
  • 2019 The Warren S. Lee Foundation Stipend Award: TBD
  • President's Comments:     


After Dinner Feature Presentation:


Special Presentation: Old Guard-Intro: Mark Reilly 7:45-8:45 PM

Special Presentation: 8:45-9:30 PM. Connecticut Blues, Josh Salizar


Mass Drumming Finale 9:30-9:55 PM


U.S.A.R.D. ANNUAL MEETING and Election of Officers. 10:00-10:25 PM


Sunday, April 28 Breakfast until noon.


Bill McGrath

President of the U.S.A.R.D. 


Monday, 04 February 2019 11:13

News Brief - February 4, 2019


U.S.A.R.D. Newsletter No.  142    Date:  February 4, 2019                   


The United States Association of Rudimental Drummers


Important U.S.A.R.D. News Brief 

How often have you heard the saying:  Three is a Charm…or…Three of a Kind and there’s always the old standby… All Good Things Come in Three’s.
We could make all kind of references to the number THREE but here are THREE items as they relate to registering for the 10th Annual 2019 U.S.A.R.D. Convention and they are: 

  • Registering for the Individuals Contest
  • Registering at the Genetti Hotel
  • Registering for the actual convention itself

If you are a member planning to attend or part of one of our 2019 Performance Ensembles, appearing at the Convention, then here is your alert to register.  We also would like to encourage you think in terms of...the sooner the better…as you don’t want to be left out.  Also, the sooner we know who will attend, the surer we are that accommodations for all will be guaranteed.  The number of tables and the number of meals provided are based on pre-registration.
Remember, too, that your registration fee pays for the cost of the convention venue, meals and performers.
So, please see our Website to get details on all three registration elements of our 2019 Convention.
William A. McGrath, Jr.
President of the U.S.A.R.D.                  

Sunday, 03 February 2019 21:33

The 2019 Convention



The 2019, 10th Annual Convention of the United States Association of Rudimental Drummers Convention will be held at the Best Western Plus Genetti Hotel & Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

The dates are set for April 26th & 27th.

Please use the links below for more information:(More Information Forthcoming)

Sunday, 03 February 2019 09:24

Video ~ 9-11 Tribute

Sunday, 03 February 2019 09:19

Video - 12/8 Triplet Exercise

Sunday, 03 February 2019 09:11

Video - AF D & B Corps Quartet Solo

Sunday, 03 February 2019 09:05

Video - Air Force D&B Corps Solo

Sunday, 03 February 2019 09:01

Video - Archie Solo 1959

Sunday, 03 February 2019 08:56

Video ~ Archie - Audubon

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