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.
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!
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.
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".
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.
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.
Brendan Mason demonstrates the leading edge drumming arrangements to tradtional fife music of the Connecticut Patriots Fife & Drum Corps.
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
Mark Beecher of the NARD "The William H. Reamer Rudimental Drum Method"
John Rozum How the drum set player prepares and performs for the audience. John demonstrates incorporating rudiments into three types of drum solos.