Rudimental Reviews

2004 College Tenor Individuals 2004 College Tenor Individuals
by Rick Beckham


Mike Hodges  

SINGLE STROKE ROLL BREAKDOWN:

Not too fast at peak, came out of peak too quickly.

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2003 PAS Tenor Individuals 2003 PAS Tenor Individuals
by James Christian

Overall, this was probably one of the best tenor contests I've ever seen for both high school and college.  Many players at the last PASIC I watched (in 1998) basically hacked through their solos and had rim click city.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of the players this year attempted solos written at their playing level, and it made for a much more enjoyable contest.

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2003 Deep River Muster 2003 Deep River Muster
by Gary Pagnozzi


The Deep River Ancient Muster just celebrated its 50th year in present form, although as an event it is actually much older. The parade "kicked off" at 12 noon and the muster followed shortly after.  63 corps were in attendance as well as many thousands of spectators. Most corps were small, typically 7/15 members and a couple were 30+ strong.  Rudimental drumming expertise ranged from entry level to advanced. Although most drumming was performed in traditional fashion, there were some big surprises. Several drumlines used inverted flam combinations very effectively and a few drumlines even backsticked! Interplay between snares and rudimental bass drummers in the advanced lines was just beautiful.

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2002 DCA Snare Individuals 2002 DCA Snare Individuals
by Gary Pagnozzi


1.) 4 of the 27 drummers should have stayed home.
2.) Many modern day drummers were using traditional grip.
3.) Modern day drummers have become rudimental speed merchants.
4.) The tic, tic, tic sound of modern snare drums was very annoying.
5.) Sorry to see little credit given to some of the "old timers".

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2001 PAS College Snare Individuals 2001 PAS College Snare Individuals
by Ken Mazur


Overall, the style deficiencies that have been around for 10 or 15 years have become worse. The talented people have no one it seems to teach them proper arcs and angles. The grip techniques are all over the place because of the use of kevlar. It's a mess. The overall roll breakdown was slightly better from the individuals but to have that test be less than one minute is stupidic. Someone at PASIC like Wooton should lobby to get this addressed as it is our competitive compulsories; the basic requirement that allows a judge to see your style, ability to adjust, strength, mental discipline and basic coordination. What's there now is not a test but a tragedy. Two minutes is a minimum to test endurance and mental concentration not to mention timing and note placement. It separates the men from the boys and THAT is what a competition is supposed to be about.

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2001 PAS College Snare Individuals 2001 PAS College Snare Individuals
by Rick Beckham


General comments: the scores were too high, the roll breakdown was better than previous years but several problems remain with the breakdown: the deceleration needs more work - every contestant came out of peak speed too fast, most tempo jumps occurred during slowdown, and several contestants had audible differences between the right and left hand. For the solos, too many contestants used gimmicks instead of playing the drum. Bell trees, small cymbals, rubber mallets, other pairs of sticks, brushes, etc, the use of which subtracted, not added, to the general effect. Many players need to work on their buzz rolls; it's kind of discouraging to hear so many buzzes not played in a smoothly. Not much rudimental  variety in the solos.

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1998 PAS Individuals & Drumline 1998 PAS Individuals & Drumline
by James Christian


A rudimental review of college snare & tenor individuals, the college & high school drum line competition, and thoughts on various clinics and performances.

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1997 PAS Snare & Tenor Individuals 1997 PAS Snare & Tenor Individuals
by Rick Beckham

General comments: the scores were too high, the majority of the competitors opened and closed the required rudiment much too quick (some played the entire rudiment in 20 seconds, see Art Cappio's article on how to open/close a rudiment), the number of participants was down, probably due to the fact the convention was on the west coast instead of a more centralized location.
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1997 DCI Snare Individuals 1997 DCI Snare Individuals
by Ken Mazur


Most performers had grace notes rising at 1;30 to 2;00 minute mark as they got tired and popped flams. Few of the individuals have endurance training to adjust to the parts because they all bounce so much without finger support Everything is so loose , there is no way to think through the style. Right elbows all high and left low with playing arcs that were never symmetrical. Most 32nd rolls heavy handed and condensed without a full quality of sound at medium speeds.Kevlar heads are a big problem.

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1997 DCI Drum Corps Show, Dallas TX 1997 DCI Drum Corps Show, Dallas TX
by Rick Beckham


RUDIMENTAL REPORT

  1.) Very few flams for 11 corps, some flam rudiments played slow eg, 8th note flam taps and inverted at 200 or 220. Did notice one line play some cheeses. A few lines played paradiddle(s)/diddles, but 16th notes at fast tempos. Saw a few lines play some 3's. Never saw any flam drags, ratamacues, rudiments of interest.

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1996 PAS Individuals & Drumline 1996 PAS Individuals & Drumline
by Rick Beckham


DISCLAIMER - This report does not cover every drumline or individual player, only those I witnessed.

DRUMLINES:
High School  - Some schools used way too many props and emphasized a production rather than the players. Several high school lines actually had members of the battery put down their instruments and play trash cans, boxes, and other Stomp like equipment. Sorry, but I don't dig that scene
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