The United States Association of Rudimental Drummers - Through the 20th Century
The United States Association of Rudimental Drummers - Through the 20th Century

Through the 20th Century Drummers (8)

Jerry Whitaker's recent posts on the work of drumming legend, Charles, "Buck" Soistman reminded me that I meant to post something on a portrait I saw last weekend at the Fifers & Drummers Museum in Ivoryton, CT. The portrait was of Ferdinand Czarnowski, drum major for the Maryland Fifth Regiment. Besides having been the drum sergeant under the great George Bruce of the Bruce & Emmitt fame, he was the drum teacher of Charles Soistman. See the inscription on the brass plate of the portrait.

A couple of our USARD member were students of Buck and I thought, if they hadn't known this already, they would be interested in these photos.

 

 

Thursday, 03 May 2012 17:10

Dan English

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****** Under Construction ******

Below is copied from the Wikipedia article for the Lancraft Fife & Drum Corps:
 
Dan English
Daniel M. English was a world champion rudimental snare drummer who died April 14, 1931 at the age of 28. English was a member of Lancraft from 1918 until his death in 1931. He was also active in the executive committee of the Connecticut Fifers and Drummers Association.[6]
English learned to drum under the instruction of J. Burns Moore, a nationally prominent drummer and instructor, and long time percussionist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. He became Lancraft Drum Sergeant after winning his first Connecticut snare drumming title in 1925; he repeated in 1926, '27 and '28. He also won the North East States, US National Championship, held in Brooklyn, New York in 1930, and the world title at Naugatuck, Connecticut in 1928.
English was both a player and instructor with the Yale University Band. He taught many young drummers with the St. Francis School Drum Corps, was an instructor for both the New Haven and West Haven Institutes of Music and their respective drum corps, and had many private students.
Sanford A. Moeller, a champion rudimental drummer, was so fascinated with the drumming style and ability of Dan English, that he learned all he could from him in several personal communications and meetings. In September 1931, Moeller drummed every step from Madison Square Garden to the Boston Armory for the opening of the American Legion National Convention. Lancraft, in full uniform, met and escorted Moeller through downtown New Haven and made him an honorary member of the corps that day**.[7][8]
[edit]Dan English Trophy
In memory of Dan English, a trophy was presented by Lancraft at the August 1932 State Convention held at Meriden, Connecticut. The Dan English Trophy was retired to Lancraft's Moriarty Hall trophy case in 1988.[7]
The inscription reads:
DAN ENGLISH TROPHY
AWARDED BY
LANCRAFT FIFE & DRUM CORPS
FOR INDIVIDUAL SNARE DRUMMING
SENIOR CLASS
** The struck out sentence seen above indicates that there is evidence this statement might be incorrect - JAG
 
Sunday, 23 September 2012 01:00

Frank Fancher

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Early Rudimental Drumming Great Frank Fancher

 

Getting lost in the haze of time are some of the greatest rudimental drummers of all time. If it weren't for these champion drummers honing and refining the art, it's difficult to know where all styles of drumming would be today. Frank Fancher along with  J. Burns Moore and Moore's student Dan English were the super-stars of competitive drumming in period between the late 1800's and the early 1900's. 

Fancher is Shown Below With His 182 First Place  Trophies and Medals

Frank Fancher with Trophies

 

In this undated news clipping Frank Fancher is mentioned along with other notable champion rudimental drummers significantly, Dan English and Earl Sturtze.

Probably dating from the early 1930's this clipping shows, that in spite of the bad economic times, the awards given to first place winners were quite generous. Dan English won a new drum! And they visited Sing-Sing! 

Newspaper Clipping Fancher Mentioned

 

 

This page from a periodical of a now forgotten drummers association describes awards given not only to Frank Fancher, but also the youthful image of our U.S.A.R.D. Life Time Member and Hall of Famer, Nick Attanasio.  The many time champion and Hall of Fame snare drummer, Bob Redican is also mentioned.

MAPD Clipping

 

 

Frank's Uniform  medals and His Drum are seen in this photo:

Frank Fanchers Uniform and Medals

Wednesday, 10 February 2010 08:31

Bobby Thompson

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Bobby Thompson

 

Bobby Thompson was one of the most influencial rudimental drumming teacher of the 20th Century.

If anyone viewing this page has biographical information on Bobby, please forward it us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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From John Setaro - 11-27-2013:

"He was a drum instructor for the St. Andrews Bridgemen back in the 60s, of which I was a member. I played horn, but I always dreamt of being part of the drumline taught by Bobby! He was that influential on me as a boy. The precision he taught and the sincerity in which he went about his business is indelibly implanted on my mind! I remember it like it was yesterday! Clem Burke of the rock group Blondie was one of his students, and a second rate drummer until Bobby got a hold of him! I personally watched the progression and was in awe! To this day, when I see a drummer of any kind,I think of Bobby Thompson and how great a man I was in the presence of. Hats off to Bobby and his legacy!" 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 23 March 2009 19:50

Charles "Buck" Soistman

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Thank you Charlie Kammer for submitting this fine article on Buck Soistman taken from the Maryland Drum & Bugle Corps Hall of Fame program book:




 

 1. Willis Hutton
1922-1931
34. Gary Rockwell
1969-1977
 2. Joseph Young
1922-1945
35. Kenneth Harbison
1971-1974
 3. Clyde Bowman
1922-1946
36. Ray Lombardo
1971-1974
 4. Louis Saidenberg
1923-1925
37. Bruce Baldwin
1972-2000
 5. Samuel Rotstein
1923-1928(9)?
38. James Hyden
1972-1975
 6. Friedrich Tovernick
1923-1938
39. Tracy Tyler
1972-1975
 7. John Baumann
1924-1944
40. Ed Troha
1972-1980
 8. Charles Hershey
1929-1955
41. William Messerschmidt
1974-2002
 9. Vince Battista
1940-1969
42. Herbert Rhoades
1974-1977
10. Karl Hershey
1940-1960
43. Susan Smith
1975-1978
11. Eddie Jenkins
1944-1946
44. William Richards
1977-1997
12. Edmund Ryder
1945-1965
45. Robert White
1978-2000
13. Bob Zipp
1945-1963
46. Gary Swiderski
1978
14. Jack Behrend
1945-1964
47. Ronald Palmer
1980-1986
15. John Kane
1947-1963
48. Terry Heilman
1980-2001
16. Don Tanner
1947-1967
49. Myles Overton
1982
17. George Carroll
1959-1962
50. Patricia Fisher
1986-1991
18. Chris Welker
1959-1962
51. Tim Huesgen
1986
 
1963-1989
52. Jay Brown
1986
19. Gary Mastoleo
1961-1963
53. Jeff Prentice
1989-1991
20. Sam Evans
1961-1986
54. Ed Asten
1991
21. Jack Moore
1962-1965
55. Frank Carroll
1991
22. Mike Johnston
1962-1996
56. Glen Gurnard
1994
23. Richard Ecton
1964-1993
57. Steve Fydik
1996
24. David Goldberg
1965-1968
58. Julie Angelis
1997
 
1975-1978
59. Mario Ramsey
1999
25. Glenn Luedtke
1965-1985
60. Michael Siberts
1999
26. Thomas Kosik
1966-1969
61. Harold Summey
2000
27. Don Moorehead
1966-1969
62. Tom Dell’Omo
2002
28. William Platt
1966-1969
63. Larry Ferguson
2002
29. Webster Grant
1966-1971
64. Rob Moore
2003
30. Garwood Whaley
1966-1972
65. Mike Hooke
2004
31. William Hinger
1967-1970
 
 
32. Joe Inman
1968-1989
 
 
33. Richard Brown
1969-1972
 
 

 

Tuesday, 27 January 2009 17:33

Vince Battista-USArmyBand Ft. Myer

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http://www.history.army.mil/aom.html
Moeller-Grand Republic Drum-The United States Army Band, Pershing's Own-Washington, D.C. Drum played at John F. Kennedy's funeral.
This is one of four drums that played a muffled cadence during the funeral procession of John F. Kennedy. His family looked to history to help shape the funeral and mourning ceremonies. The drum was modeled after one used during the American Revolution. Lent by U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Army


Master Sergeant Vincent Battista, a member of the United States Army Band, "Pershing's Own," at Fort Myer, Virginia, was one of the drummers in President Kennedy's funeral process.

Sunday, 16 November 2008 22:17

John Heney, Sr.

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 Biography courtesy of The American Band Masters Research Center:

The Sousa Band percussionist, music educator, and historian, John usard3eph Heney, Sr. was born in 1903. Heney's professional band career began in 1924, when he joined the Royal Scotch Highlanders Band. He stayed with the Highlanders until 1925, when he joined McDonald's Highlanders Band (The Kilties). He remained with The Kilties until 1926, when he joined the John Philip Sousa Band. Heney performed with the Sousa Band during its last six years, as one of three drummers and xylophone soloist. During this time, the Sousa Band was not the only one to enjoy Heney's company, however. Heney also performed with the Sells-Floto Circus Band (aka Montgomery’s Concert Band), the Bertram W. Mills’ Olympia Circus Band, the Sparks Circus Band, the Hagenback-Wallace Circus Band, the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus Band, the Medinah Circus and Carnival Band, the Tom Mix Circus and Wild West Show.

The same year Heney joined the Sousa Band, he moved to St. Augustine, Florida, where he became the Band Director at Ketterlinus High School. Also during 1926, Heney became the Bandmaster at Stetson University, a position that lasted until 1935, when he became Bandmaster at DeLand High School in DeLand, Florida. His employment as Bandmaster at DeLand lasted 32 years.

While Bandmaster at DeLand, Heney was also active in the National Association of Rudimental Drummers (NARD), the American Bandmasters Association (ABA), and the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), of which he was made an honorary life president in 1941.

As his band directing career flourished, Heney still had time for other pursuits, such as running Heney's Superior Service Station, a local gas station, and the Heney School of Percussion, a private drum studio from which Heney gave lessons. In 1934, Heney also wrote and published a book, entitled The Correct Way to Drum: A Treatise on the Material Used in Modern Drumming. Besides The Correct Way to Drum, Heney also published 23 musical compositions and a number of journal articles in his lifetime. In addition, Heney spent time in the United States Navy during World War II from 1942 until 1945.

A member of the Sousa Band Fraternal Society, Heney was elected as archivist in November of 1969. During his time as archivist, Heney attempted to collect and preserve as much of the memorabilia from Sousa's life and the history of the Sousa Band and its members as was left in the personal collections ofm other Sousa Band members and their families. He attempted to ensure that Sousa's memory and music were remembered by consulting on projects to record Sousa's music in the present day and by pushing for Sousa's induction into the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Heney died on September 1, 1978.