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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! 

The annual convention is a showcase for the talented members who will perform as individuals or in ensembles.
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. 
The USARD is a great group to join if you are interested in getting back into your old love - rudimental drumming. It's also a wonderful opportunity for young drummers to see and hear some of the older styles of their predecessors such as Ancient (rope-tension) and classic drum and bugle corps drumming. You will meet some legendary drummers at a USARD convention!
We'd also love to meet some of today's contemporary drummers so we can share ideas and enjoy some of the new and exciting ideas of the modern drummer.
Drum notation in the form of solos, exercises or ensemble pieces will be available to members from this website for their personal and chapter use. Some drumming pieces will be dedicated to the annual massed drumming performances.

Drum Battle - Traditional vs Contemporary

Check out this enlightening and entertaining video from Jeff Prosperie and the Hellcats of West Point - all is good -all is cool:


News Brief - 2018 U.S.A.R.D. Competition

  • 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.

    Written on Friday, 08 December 2017 08:40 Read 216 times

Kevin Donka - New Book

Friday, 22 December 2017 16:03

Kevin Donka's New Drumming Book

Hey! U.S.A.R.D. member and clinician, Kevin Donka has a new book out! Click on the picture below to learn more:




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2017 Convention Videos

  • Individual Competition - USARD 2017
    Individual Competition -  USARD 2017

    Junior snare drummers and rudimental bass drummers contest for medals and trophies at the 2017 annual USARD convention.

    Individuals Contest - USARD 2017 Denise Ciastko
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