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!
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.
Annual Convention (205)
2012 Convention a Success!
(Full review "under construction" - check back soon.)
Please pardon our delay in posting all the details about this past weekend's convention in Lancaster, PA. The committee is busy writing, counting, editing and posting to assess and wrap-up the weekend of non-stop drumming and fun. Based on the comments shared at our annual meeting and critique session and the smiles seen on faces all weekend-long, I'll gladly pronounce itan unqualified success!
In the meantime, we'd like to share a few pics and videos of the action as captured by our members. Until our full review and videos are posted, please visit us on Facebook to see clips and comments on the convention. Here's what a few of our members had to say:
"USARD Convention in Lancaster, PA, this past weekend was one of the most enjoyable percussion experiences of my life. Great people, great music, great fun. Thanks to all in USARD." - Gary Rockwell, VA
"I had a ball, one of the best events in a long time. Thanks for all the work you've all done to make it happen." - Joe Fontana, NY
"USARD is as much of seeing other drummers as much as being seen, and even more of meeting friends old and new.If ever there was a USARD event that everyone of you should have attended and stayed for, yesterday was the one."
- Bob Zarfoss, PA
"It was truly a terrific convention - as many have said, 'how can we top this one!" All the clinicians were wonderful. The Hellcats brought the place down!"
- Joe Gillotti, VT"
THANK YOU, Gary, Joe, Bob and Joe for your accolades and THANKS to all who attended for making this, our 3rd annual convention, the biggest and most successful one, yet. We hope you all had as wonderful a time as we did.
We look forward to seeing YOU next year!!!
For the Executive Committee,
Rope-Tension Drum Maintenance by Jim Ellis of Cooperman Fife & Drum Company
Jim Ellis gives us attendees of the 2012 United States Association of Rudimental Drummers convention an insightful clinic on the care and feeding of the lovable but sometimes finicky rope-tension drum.
View the following video to learn more.......
Jim Smith at the 2012 U.S.A.R.D. Convention
A surprise presentation by U.S.A.R.D. member, Jim Smith gives convention attendees an insight to how a rope-tension field snare drum would sound in historic time.
There is a lot of interesting information here - please check out the video below........
U.S.M.A. Hellcats Warming Up at the 2012 U.S.A.R.D.Convention
The video below shows the Hellcats warming up prior to their evening performance at the 2012 United States Association of Rudimental Drummers convention.
The complete performance video will be coming up soon.
Jim Clark gives the United States Association of Rudimental Drummer attendees a most interesting, in-depth account of the early history of the drum with fife.
The recently published author gives us his personal insight into his early life in the fife and drum world of The Connecticut Valley.
The following video should be viewed in its entirety; there's so much to learn, see and hear!...........................................
The U.S. Air Force Drum & Bugle Corps Drumline performs at the United States Association of Rudimental Drummers annual convention in Lancaster, PA
Here is a virtual hall of fame drumline (most members of this ensemble are in the hall of fame) with John Bosworth, John Flowers, Bob Zarfoss, Eric Landis, Steve Young, Bill Mojica and Sean Landis.
Check out the video below:
This is the performance that brought down the house!
The U.S. Army "Old Guard" Fife & Drum Corps Drumline show their stuff at the 2012 United States Association of Rudimental Drummer convention!
One of the highlights of the weekend, the Old Guard Drumline enthralled those attending with precision execution and remarkable rudimental composition.
The U.S. Army was well represented and and respected this day!
Bob Zarfoss explains the practice routine and tonal goals of the Hanover Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps Drumline.
Pipe Band Drummer extraordinaire, Jon Quigg performs at U.S.A.R.D. Convention!
Along with former Air Force Pipe Band and World Drum Corps Hall of Fame drummer, John Bosworth, Jon explains the evolution and rudimental development of pipe band drumming. His solos performances were incredible!
Check out the video:
DCI Hall of Fame drummer, Thom Hannum presents his clinic which covers some of his work with the University of Massachusetts Marching Band drumline as well as demonstrating some incredible playing!...............................
Hearing this announcement many of us were surprised that what was announced had not happened years ago!
Play the video below to learn more:.........................
The many time drum ensemble I&E champs, The N.Y. Skyliners Alumni Drum Ensemble with Joe Fontana and Jack Murray give a brilliant and entertaining performance at the USARD convention.
Watch the video and enjoy!:
The Rudimental Drummers Club of New England (RDCNE), a U.S.A.R.D. chapter performs some popular fife and drum jam pieces as well as some original compositions for the genre.
Special kudos goes out to the individuals of this group who in preparing for this show traveled far and long to learn new drum pieces of an unfamiliar style. Dave Hevrin many times drove about 150 mile round trip to and from my home to learn the new material. Gary Gillotti, as well, with an almost 3 hour trip - one-way! Ginger Wilk learned the new for her fife tunes that the drums accompanied.
The last two pieces of this set were dedicated to our recently deceased friend and USARD member, Warren Lee.
Please play the video, the narration by Phyllis Gillotti explains all:
World Drum Corps Hall of Fame drummer, John Flowers offers a plethora of drumming information from the history of Ginther's Grey Ghost, which he performs with his old battery mate, Don Walls, to the texture and visual qualities of a great drum solo. Beyond that, John gives us many interesting and entertaining anecdotes from his many years in drum corps.
Play the video.....................
The New York Drummers Association (NYDA) performs some standard, "Ancient" drum pieces as they might have been performed in the early days.
Bill McGrath, Jr is accompanied by his club members on rope snare: Dale Andrews, Doug Morrow, Paul Hallifax with Harry Jenkins on bass drum.
Bill also presents a special memorial for the late World Hall of Fame and NYDA drummer, Doug Kleinhans.
Please play the video to see and hear more........................
Bill Messerschmidt offers three perspectives related to the use of drum rudiments: as applied to their original historical context; as applied to modern rudimental drumming and other areas of percussion and as a foundation for creative percussive interpretation.
There is much interesting and educative information Bill is giving us here - please play the video below:
Jeff Salisbury returns this year to continue with his program on the utilization of drum rudiments for creating tonally unique, effective drum-set grooves.
Jeff also discusses his interest and background in rudimental drumming; learn more by playing the video below..........................................
Steve Young and Bill McGrath give some closing words to conclude the 2012 U.S.A.R.D. convention:
Charlie Kammer has sent for display over 200 photographs taken at this year's convention.
To make them all available for display a Flickr® account was set up. The upload to the USARD's hosting service of this many file was prohibitive!
The performance of the Rudimental Drum Club of New England
- Gary Gay - Bass Drum (Out of the picture on the left - Sorry Gary!)
- Randy Wilcox - Bass Drum
- Gary Gillotti - Snare Drum
- Joe Gillotti - Snare Drum
- Dave Hevrin - Snare Drum
- Ginger Wilk - Fife
- David Fischmann - Fife
- Kathy Brown - Fife
The Air Force D&B Corps Alumni Drum Ensemble, led by Bob Zarfoss performs at the 2013 USARD convention. From left-to-right are: John Bosworth, Steve Young, Eric Landis, Bill Mojica with guest on bass drum, Sean Landis.
I apoligize to Bill Mojica for not getting him into the frame! Obviously, it's because I had too much "medicine" the previous night.
New York Chapter of USARD - NYDA perform three solos from a Jr. corps of the 60’s, The Emerald Cadets, of Rochester, NY, written by Doug Kleinhans and adapted by Bill McGrath in tribute to Doug and the Emerald Cadets. Performers are: Snare: Bill McGrath, Jr, Doug Morrow, Paul Halifax, Danny Magsaman and Don Burns. Bass: Tom DeFazio, Kevin McGrath and Jeff White. Performance (continued): John Flowers, Skee Derr, Bill McGrath, Joe Fontana, Jack Murray & Barb Flowers will perform “The Round- About,” written by John Flowers and dedicated to Bill McGrath
Rudimental drumming expert and individual champion, Rick Beckham performs a clinic at the 2013 USARD convention with the theme: "What is Rudimental Drumming?"
Middle River Ancients from Maryland will play “Thunder & Lightening”, “The Black Pearl” and “Just Having Fun".
Performers: Nick Biscotti, Ron Church, Charlie Kammer, Bill Hartman, Bill Mojica and Bill Strickland.
The Skyliners Drum Ensemble with Jack Murray and Joe Fontana play “The Winner.” The drum ensemble consists of 8 players:
- 3 snares: Joe Fontana, Jack Murray & Matt Dennison
- 2 Cymbals: Karen Kox and Evelyn Krejci
- 2 Bass Drummers: Steve Turner & Jack Stern
- 1 Triple Bass: Chet Figurski.
John Rozum How the drum set player prepares and performs for the audience. John demonstrates incorporating rudiments into three types of drum solos.
Mark Beecher of the NARD "The William H. Reamer Rudimental Drum Method"
Moodus Drum & Fife Corps with Amy Armstrong - Rudimental Roots History
- Fife: Sherry McLaughlin, Terri Anderson Murray, Jamie Murray
- Snare: David Strong, Jeff Sanborn and Amy Armstrong and Patrick Murray
- Bass: Erin McNamara
Narrator - Sue Cifaldi
John C. Flowers
Brendan Mason demonstrates the leading edge drumming arrangements to tradtional fife music of the Connecticut Patriots Fife & Drum Corps.
St. Lucy’s Drum&Bugle Corps Snare Drum Trio with Chew Gernandt, RaySchmerin and Dave Richardson playing a Les Parks solo and an original solo by Chew Gernandt.
Jon Quigg, former instructor of the City of Washington Pipe Band, will play a solo, "Up One Wall and Down the Other," which melds American and Scottish Pipe Band rudimental styles ... some of it traditional, some not so much.
Adrian Mordaunt of P.A.S. and instructor of Metro New York Pipe Band, current Grade 3 World Champions. Drum Sergeant Adrian Mordaunt on snare and Pipe Major Mike Mahoney from the New York Metro Pipe Band on pipes. Selections are: Hornpipe and Jigs; March, Strathspey & Reel and a Drum Fanfare. Jon Quigg will join Adrian for a performance of Alex Duthart's seminal drum composition, titled simply “Drummer's Fanfare".
The 4th Annual USARD Convention at the Heritage Hotel, Lancaster, PA
Author: William A. “Bill” McGrath, Jr.
Edited by: Robert “Bob” Zarfoss
Contributions from: Bill Maling and Mark Beecher
A special tribute to Steven K.Young of York, Pa. Co-Founder and President of the U.S.A.R.D.
Normally we would open this article by describing the festive activities that took place at the 4th Annual U.S.A.R.D. Convention. That description will follow but in the mean time there is a need to report the nearly simultaneous occurrence of Steve Young’s illness as the convention and these two events were unfolding and happening nearly all at once.
The convention began on Friday evening, with busy check in and some drumming activities. Saturday morning there were more arrivals and registrations. We started our normal operations welcoming everyone providing a rehearsal time-slot for all presenters and clinicians. We got through the first and into the second half of the day at a steady pace.