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The 2019, 10th Annual Convention of the United States Association of Rudimental Drummers Convention will be held at the Best Western Plus Genetti Hotel & Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

The dates are set for April 26th & 27th.


Joe Gillotti

Joe Gillotti

Friday, 05 April 2019 08:42

Anthony James King

Thank you to Dr. Anthony James King, associate professor of bands & applied percussion at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview Texas, for joining us as a LIfetime Member.

Friday, 05 April 2019 08:40

Jeffrey Holloway

Thank you to long time annual member, Jeff Holloway, for upgrading to Lifetime Member.

Monday, 18 March 2019 17:25

Grey Ghost - Reilly Raiders - 1958

Monday, 18 March 2019 16:31

Grey Ghost


Click Below for With Bass & Tenor                               Click Below for Snare Only  




Thursday, 22 February 2018 10:54

John 'Skee' Derr

Skee, thank you for upgrading your membership to LIFETIME!

Monday, 04 February 2019 19:41

Tentative Schedule - 2019 Convention

The 10th Annual 2018 U.S.A.R.D. Convention

Genetti Hotel-Wilkes Barre, Pa.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday April 26, 27 & 28

Register w/ hotel 2:00-6:30 pm Register w/USARD 2:00-7:00 pm


Business Partner Sponsors Main Ballroom

  • Cooperman Drum Company               Firm  
  • Calderwood                                           Firm
  • John Flowers                                         Firm


Videographer: Tom Terreri    

Open Ceremony National Anthem or Pledge of Allegiance 7:00-7:05 pm

Welcome & Announcements: 7:05-7:15 pm:

All members and guests are encouraged to attend!

Friday Evening Presentations:

Air Force: Performance: 7:15-7:30 PM:  

Middle River: Performance: Middle River Ancients 7:30-7:45 PM  

Special Presentation: I.A.T.D. Joanie Pratt 7:45-8:00 PM

TRIBUTES and moment of silence: 8:00-8:20 PM:

Performance 1: Tribute John Blair:                    Presenter: John Flowers   

Performance 2: Tribute Cheryl Grandmaison   Presenter: Gary Gillotti                                                          

Performance 3: Nick Attanasio                            Presenter: Dom Cuccia

Performance 4: Larry Saxman                            Presenter: Bill McGrath

Performance 5: Hubert Ablondi 344th AAC      Presenter: Bill McGrath

Performance 6: Brian Moore                               Presenter: Gary Gillotti       

Performance 7: Lewis Davis:             Presenters Flowers/Jenkins/Stevens

Mass Drumming: 8:20–8:45 pm Click title for pdf

Hell, on the Wabash

Downfall of Paris


Old Dan Tucker

Paddy on the Handcar

Crazy Army

Grey Ghost “Reilly”

Friday Evening Social Continues from 8:45 on

Saturday Morning April 27

All Participants in Ballroom 9:00 AM

Special/Presentation: Patrick Jones 9:00-9:45 A History of Rudimental Drumming in the United States:                    New  

Special/Presentation: David Nelson 9:45-10:15 AM Presents: Moeller Association New Rochelle, N.Y.                                New                                                  

Special/Presentation: Jim Smith 10:15-10:40 Presenter Drummer’s Heritage Society also known as D.H.S.              New  

Special/Presentation: New England Chapter 10:40-10:55

N.E. Chapter USARD Presenter: Gary Gillotti.

5 Minute Break 10:55-11:00

Special Presentation: Presenter Mark Beecher NARD 11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Individuals Contest 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM: Judge John Flowers.

If needed an extension of time will be allowed in a separate location.  Categories: Individual Snare Drum, Individual Rudimental Bass Drum, Drum Ensemble and Drum Ensemble:

All are Jr. categories.  

Lunch Break 1:00-2:15 PM: 1 hour & 15 min

Saturday Afternoon Continued April 27

Special Presentation: Regulators 2:15-2:45 PM Gus Cuccia & Catherine Cuccia Cavallo                                                      New 

Special Presentation: The Civil War Troopers Dominick Cuccia 2:45-3:15 PM                                                                            New


5 Minute Break 3:40-3:45

Performance: 3:45-4:00 PM: N.Y. Chapter of USARD: Presenters: Bill McGrath & Bill Putnam…adding Joe Fontana later.

Special Presentation: U.S. Army “Old Guard” Presenter: Sgt. Maj. Mark Reilly 4:00-5:00 PM

10 Minute Break 5:00-5:10 PM

Performance: 5:10-5:30 PM Individual Contest winners Performing their winning solos for Snare, Bass, Duet and Ensemble

Clear Ballroom 5:30-6:30 PM

Cocktails in Ballroom 6:30-7:15 PM

Dinner: 7:15-8:00 PM

Presentations/Awards/Acknowledgements: 8:00-8:30 PM

  • Moment of Silence: Re-announce tributes from Friday.
  • Lifetime Achievement 2019: Charlie Poole Jr.
  • Acknowledgment of Lifetime Members Jim Coffee, Bill McGrath, Jr.& Susan Stevens went from standard member to Lifetime Member.
  • 2019 Sonny Lyons Memorial Student Award: Award: Recipient:  JeffreyProsperie, Jr.
  • The Warren S. Lee Foundation Award:  Award Recipient :  Elisee Ngbo
  • President's Comments: 
  • After Dinner Feature Presentation:

Special Presentation: “Connecticut Blues” Presenter: Josh Salizar 8:30-9:15 PM

 Mass Drumming Finale 9:15-9:40 PM


Sunday, April 28 Breakfast until noon.


Sunday, 03 February 2019 21:33

The 2019 Convention



The 2019, 10th Annual Convention of the United States Association of Rudimental Drummers Convention will be held at the Best Western Plus Genetti Hotel & Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

The dates are set for April 26th & 27th.

Please use the links below for more information:(More Information Forthcoming)

Sunday, 03 February 2019 09:24

Video ~ 9-11 Tribute

Sunday, 03 February 2019 09:19

Video - 12/8 Triplet Exercise

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2018 Convention Videos