Only Admins can see this message.
Data Transition still in progress. Some functionality may be limited until the process is complete.
Processing Attachment, Gallery - 113.22756%

Dec 10, 2008 - NARD History


Hello fellow rudimental drummers! Well, I guess we're all rudimental drummers since they are used in every style of playing.

Through the process of discovery and information gathering I have embarked on a new mission.

That mission is to create a section honoring the early pioneers that laid the groundwork for establishing the National Association of Rudimental Drummers. Also any members that I have material for in my collection and NARD bulletins and history.

Listen to these well known drummers play a selection of contest solos.

J. Burns Moore

Ed. Straight

William F Ludwig Sr.

William F Ludwig Jr.

Play solos on snare drum and also here the thirteen rudiments. These are all on a WFL 33 rpm record as pictured.

Here is the page this is on.. CLICK THE RECORD!


Posted on 15 years ago

Do you have the copies of Frank Arsenault playing rudiments?

(Frank Arsenault was 1939 Sr World's Fair champion , 51-53 National AL champion )

They bolw me away with the sheer precision and speed Machine like!

Posted on 15 years ago

funny you should ask! I just brought that album to work so I can record it to the PC.

I will put that version up later this evening or over the weekend.


Posted on 15 years ago

Both records are up on the server now for listening..

Also, I have added a bunch of bulletins and a 1935 NARD Christmas card.

Every drummer should read the bulletins starting from #1. They are a look back at what drummers were thinking and how our rudimental history developed.

NARD wanted to have a standard so any group of drummers can get together at any time and play as a unit. That is why they had 4 marches that every player needed to know.

Also, I was talking to my old teacher who was a Slingerland - Ludwig endorser/clinician and he was tested by Bill Ludwig II and since he did not play two rudiments as good as BII thought he should, he was not allowed in to NARD. I'm sure as time passed they did not have such standards, and at its high point there were 10,000 members.

As you read the bulletins, you will see there was an East Coast, West Coast rivalry brewing to see who had the better rudimental drummers.

More later


Posted on 15 years ago

Ok, this section is now done for the material I have. That includes special letters, 2 records, and 24 NARD bulletins from the 1950's and older.

There is a lot of reading in that section and if you want to get a feel for war time and what was going on then you should check out the bulletins from the 40's

On to other projects now...


Posted on 15 years ago
  • Share
  • Report
Action Another action Something else here