Rudimental Drumming

August 23, 2016

Featuring New Material on (Rudimental Archives Project)

Hi, this is my first time to blog here! My name is James Christian, and I am a former student of creator Rick Beckham.

Rick has generously given his permission to allow me to try some new things on the site.  Over the next several days, weeks, and months, several new features will be added.  My hope is that it will greatly enhance the user experience and bring some great new content for rudimental drummers everywhere.

My first project is to use the blog feature more prominently.  Up until now, unless you regularly read the message board, it was difficult to find the newest content on the site.  With the blog feature, we are going to place the new material front and center on the front page.  Now you can be certain to stay in the loop on every new addition to the site.

Check back regularly and be on the look out for these new updates.  In the meantime, click on the links at the top of the page to check out all of's great exercises, solos, video clips, audio clips, articles, and tons more!

While you're at it, we'd love to hear from you on the message board.  Click here to go there now!

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February 03, 2013

Welcome to the new and improved!

Rick Beckham

Welcome! And thanks for dropping by. You are looking at the New and Improved! Please explore the new site, surf the exercise links, view some video clips, and check out the forum. Please let me know what you think.

I hand wrote all the html code for the first version of back in the mid-90's. The second version, launched about 10 years ago, was mostly designed by Jody Thigpen, who also included the phpBB driven forum. The early phpBB forum had many bugs, and cleaning out spammers and spam posts became a full time job. Eventually, new spam blocking features were added to the forum that nearly eliminated the spam.

This latest version of was designed by a young developer by the name of Matt Clark. I don't know about you, but I think he did a bang up job! Matt convinced me he was the person for the modernization of this site when he sent me some graphics he put together. Matt did most of the design, with input from yours truly on layout.

Once again, welcome!

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October 17, 2001

Why I Believe Matched Grip Is Superior

Author Rick Beckham compares and contrasts the anatomy, physics, musical versatility, and aesthetics of matched grip and traditional grip. This article was originally posted on MSR Publications' website in the mid to late 1990s under the site's "Tips from the Experts" section.  An archive of the original version can be found here.

When MSR Publications ceased publication, Rick moved the article over to the Rudimental Drumming Webpage.  The current version can be found here:

What are your thoughts?  Are you a matched grip or traditional grip drummer?  Do you agree with Rick's points?  Click here to discuss your views on the Rudimental Drumming Message Board.

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January 01, 2000

New Snare Solos: Time, Remarkovich, & Lazer Beam

Check out these three snare drum solos available on the Rudimental Drumming Webpage!

The first solo is the 1976 DCI championship snare drum solo, "Lazer Beam," written by Ken Mazur:
This solo has generated a lot of discussion over the years.  Some of the past forum discussions can be found here and here and here and here and here.

The second solo is by Rick Beckham.  It is a tribute to Mitch Markovich's solos, and it is aptly titled "Remarkovich."  It was originally published in the book "I.A.R.P Drum Solos: A Collection of Solos by Members of the International Association of Rudimental Percussionists."  The IARP is now defunct, but this short solo is fun to play--and a challenge at the written tempos.
The solo can be found here:
A performance by Igor Stojanovic, along with discussion by members of the Rudimental Drumming Webpage, can be found here.

The third solo, entitled "Time," is a short, one-page work by Frank J. Adams, the man who taught Rick Beckham to play drums.  It can be found here:

What are your thoughts on these solos?  Leave your comments on the Rudimental Drumming Message Board.

Posted January 01, 2000    |    View


October 24, 1999

Drum Quartet: The Fumbling Four

A new audio clip has been added of the Fumbling Four Drum Quartet.  This quartet was part of the Richmond Hawks Drum & Bugle Corps from Richmond, California.  This recording is from the Fumbling Four's exhibition at their home show, "The Pageant Of The Red & Black" in 1964.  The drum line was taught by Larry Saxman.

Check it out here:

Give us your thoughts on the Fumbling Four at the Rudimental Drumming Message Board.

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September 25, 1999

Rudimental Contest Placings

Rick Beckham

Archived Individual Contest Scores from DCI, DCA, VFW, AL, PAS, and more!

Check out the archives here:

This is an attempt to archive the various national rudimental competitions. I apologize for any misspelled names or words, or if the data is incorrect, but at this point the lists have been built from old drum corps fanzines, phone conversations, and email correspondence. Drop me a line if you'd like to make a correction, or if you have data to add. If you have old drum corps fanzines stuffed away in drawers or boxes please take a moment to search through them for I&E information, usually printed in the Fall issues. I'd like to thank Mitch Markovich, Charley Poole, Andy Lisko, Danny Raymond Jr., Frank Nash, Cozey Baker, and Brian Tolzmann for providing valuable information. Hopefully the list of people I thank grows over time.

Have anything to add?  Please leave your comments on the Rudimental Drumming Message Board.

Posted September 25, 1999    |    View


September 25, 1999

Mitch Markovich: Rudimentally Yours

An impossible solo?

Mitch Markovitch addresses readers' questions about the feasability of performing a published excerpt from the Royal Airs Drum & Bugle Corps show.  He discusses backsticking, snare tuning, and flam control.

Read Mitch's insights here:

What do you think? 
Give your thoughts on the Rudimental Drumming Message Board.

Posted September 25, 1999    |    View


September 25, 1999

Mitch Markovich: Stick Positioning for Better Control

"How do you develop speed?"

"What can I do to get better control?"

"I practice over an hour every day, and I still can't get anywhere."

Statements and questions like these are typical of the problems that confront the average drummer.  Although there are many approaches that can partially solve these problems, "positioning" is probably one of the most neglected.

To read more on this topic, check out this 1966 article by the 3-time national snare champion, Mitch Markovich:

Do you agree with Markovitch's approach?  Do you have a "stick positioning" system?  What system do you use?  Chime in on this topic and more on the Rudimental Drumming Message Board!

Posted September 25, 1999    |    View


September 17, 1999

Dan English Trophy Winners

Connecticut rudimental snare drummers are among the finest practitioners of the "art of drumming" in the world.  One of the reasons, in addition to a great deal of talent and some very fine instructors like the late J. Burns Moore and Earl Sturtz, may have been their individual quest for one of the most coveted prizes in all of drum corps--the Dan English Trophy.  It was awarded by the Lancraft Fife & Drum Corps for individual snare drumming in the senior class at the Connecticut State Convention.  This was the annual state championship standstill drum corps contest held in August of every year for more than 100 years.  Read more about it here:

Special thanks to Joe Gillotti for contributing this article!

Share your thoughts on the Rudimental Webpage Message Board.

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September 17, 1999

Links to Rudimental Websites

Links to various drumming websites:

What's your favorite link here?  Do you have another link to share with the rudimental drumming community?  Share your thoughts on the Rudimental Drumming Webpage Message Board!

Posted September 17, 1999    |    View