Saturday, October 5, 2013

Bill McGrath Shows Us How to Play a Snare Drum - Any Snare Drum

Thanks go to Paul Guiness who posted this information and video on YouTube, April 8, 2013.  It's a treasure:

William A. McGrath, Jr. of Rochester, New York performs in the Individual Snare Drum category at the Drum Corps Associates "D.C.A." World Championship Individuals Contest in Rochester , New York , on August 30, 1996.

He represents a Junior Drum and Bugle Corps known as the Emerald Cadets of Rochester (Irondequoit), New York which was in operation from 1958 to 1969 as a field competition corps. Bill appears here as an Alumni member of that corps wearing the original Emerald Cadet uniform.

In this clip Bill plays an "Ancient-style" Rope Drum, a modern high tension snare drum with a Kevlar head, then a 1960's-70's style snare drum with a more flexible synthetic drum head. Although he plays three different drums here he does not play on any of them simultaneously therefore maintaining the individual aspect of performing in the Individual Snare Drum category.

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