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We regret to announce the cancellation of the October USARD Convention. At this time we have not set a date for a 2021 Convention.

Current, 2020 registrants will have their funds reimbursed. Those who have registered for the convention via PayPal will be refunded through PayPal. If have registered by check, a refund check will sent.

 When we have new information on the 2021 convention, we will post it to the membership via e-newsletter. Also, updates will be posted here.


John S. Pratt Has Died


USARD Life Member, Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame Member, World Drum Corps Hall of Fame Member, West Point "Hellcat" Head, John S. Pratt Has Died. 

We will have more information about his death when we learn more. In the meantime, if you don't know the story of this important drummer and composer, click on the link below for a fine biography for John by the Percussive Art Society:


William McGrath Jr.

William McGrath Jr.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 17:43

Nick Attenasio Has Died

To: All U.S.A.R.D. Members, Lifetime Members, Executive Committee, and Board of Advisors

From: All U.S.A.R.D. Members, Lifetime Members, Executive Committee, and Board of Advisors

Date: Nov 20, 2018

Regarding: The passing of Nick Attanasio  


It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the passing of, drumming great, Nick Attanasio at 8AM on Monday, November 19, 2018.  The U.S.A.R.D. and the entire drumming community is greatly saddened by his departing.  Mr. Attanasio touched so many lives in the drumming community and loved by his family and so many of his extended family of drummers.  We all convey our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family.  Nick was a member of The World Drum Corps Hall of Fame and an Honorary Life Member of the U.S.A.R.D.

We do not have further information at this time on funeral arrangements, but we will be passing that along when we receive it.


Rest in peace old friend as God has blessed us with you long stay on this earth.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 16:08

Post-Convention Message from Bill McGrath


To all U.S.A.R.D. 4th Annual Convention Performers, Clinicians, Members, Participants, Guests and Board Members.
On behalf of Steve Young, Joe Gillotti, Gary Gillotti, Charlie Kammer, Gary Rockwell, Bill Mojica, Bill Hartmann, Nick Biscotti, Doug Morrow and myself, what more can we say than "Thank You" so much for a great weekend.  What an enjoyable time it was and with such great comradery.  Let us all look to the future with the same enthusiasm, vigor and energy.
Our salute to all for such a fine weekend!
Bill McGrath for Steve Young and
the Board of Directors of the U.S.A.R.D.      

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