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.
"Liberty Street Strut", written by U.S.A.R.D. member Bill Putnam is one which is suggested to be learned for the 2018 annual U.S.A.R.D. convention massed drumming.
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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.
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.
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.
The first place winners of the individuals snare drum and bass drum competitiion perform their contest solo pieces.