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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 58 times

Kevin Donka - New Book

 


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.
 
 
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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The Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps Drum Line from  Fort Myer, VA, presents: “A Day in the Life of an Old Guard Drummer"
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C.A.D.R.E. Percussion Ensemble
Pieces include: John Wooton's Warm-up;  Rudimental Classics; Warming Up Hot!; NUDA4U.
 
Snare: Paul Mosley, Ken Miller, Jim Kane and John Swartz.
Bass Tri-Rack: Cliff Blundell  
Low Bass: Ron Meyers
Percussion: Neil Hawthorne and Vince Cicchine  
Business Mgr., John MacDonald;
Pres., Fred Johnson
Writer & Arranger, Paul Mosley.
 
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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 00:00

Video - Adrian Mordaunt USARD 2013

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".

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Saturday, 04 May 2013 00:00

Video - Jon Quigg USARD 2013

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.

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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.

 
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Brendan Mason demonstrates the leading edge drumming arrangements to tradtional fife music of the Connecticut Patriots Fife & Drum Corps.

 

 
Credit - Jeff Holloway
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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

 
 
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Mark Beecher of the NARD "The William H. Reamer Rudimental Drum Method"

Snares: Mark Beecher, Steve Gillespie, Lilli Beiduk Middlebrooks, Steve Kirkpatrtick, Rita Macey Bernert, Don Mihok, Eileen Mihok, and Bill Maling; Bass Drummers: Tom Middlebrooks, and Ben Santiago. Bugler and Fifer: Ray Eyler. Performing unnamed solos and cadences and the Long Roll, Downfall of Paris, Three Camps and Fifers Delight.
 
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John Rozum How the drum set player prepares and performs for the audience.  John demonstrates incorporating rudiments into three types of drum solos.

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2017 Convention Videos

  • Mass Drumming - USARD 2017
    Mass Drumming - USARD 2017

    And for the convention finale, we all get together and jam some traditional and classic drum pieces:

    Mass Drumming - 2017 Densie Ciastko
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