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Hybrid Snare Drum RudimentsBY JOEL SMALESFor some time now, hybrid snare drum rudiments havebeen “sneaking” into the hands of drummers everywhere. While the 26 Standard American and PAS 40 International Drum Rudiments remain the core and basis for rudimental drumming, hybrid rudiments have been rapidlygaining momentum and popularity among drum corps,marching bands, in snare drum solos, and for those who eagerly desire to build their chops. These hybrids are eitherbrand-new rudiments comprising new stickings, flams, rolls,diddles, etc., or variations of some of the standard rudiments.Hybrid rudiments are a huge part of today’s drum corpsscene and continue to provide challenges and chop-building exercises to drummers who learn and practice them,whether involved in drum corps or not.This article includes some hybrid rudiments I have writtenfor a forthcoming publication that will include over 30 hybridsnare drum rudiments as well as snare drum solos and duetsusing these, the standard rudiments, and popular Swiss rudiments.There are many lists of other hybrid snare drum rudiments.An Internet search will yield page after page of hybrid rudiment discussion, books with hybrids, solos with hybrids, articles about hybrids, questions about hybrids, and so on.James Campbell wrote an article for Percussive Notes inJune 1992 dedicated to the discussion of hybrid rudiments,and he included many of his own as well as those he discovered while traveling throughout the country. Jeff Moorewrote in the June 1993 issue of Percussive Notes about manynew hybrid flam rudiments, and included many of them in hisarticle.Since then, many others have continued writing hybrid rudiments and passing them along by rote learning andthrough grassroots learning. Others are writing solos andmethod books in which much of the content includes newhybrid rudiments. Some of these are Rudiments in Rhythm byJames Campbell, Contemporary Rudimental Studies and Solos by Lalo Davila, The Rudimental Cookbook by EdwardFreytag, and Dennis Delucia’s The Drummer’s Daily Drill. Alsocheck out John Wooton’s The Drummer’s Rudimental Reference Book and Jeff Queen’s The Next Level. Kirk Gay hasPERCUSSIVEARTS SOCIETYBOARDNOMINATIONSPERCUSSIVE NOTES30 APRIL 2005compiled a list of hybrid rudiments from some of thesesources, which accompanies this article.Some states are now including solos that include hybrid rudiments in their music adjudication manuals. The PAS Marching Committee has had discussions with the PAS ExecutiveCommittee to consider augmenting the PAS 40 InternationalDrum Rudiments, since so many new hybrid rudiments havebecome a significant part of the rudimental vocabulary overthe past decade.Before trying hybrid rudiments, be certain to know the 40PAS International Drum Rudiments, with the ability to performeach at different tempi and identify each rudiment both bysight and sound. The hybrids discussed here are built uponthe 40 International Drum Rudiments, so those should belearned first for your foundation to be solid and firm.Contemporary drumming continues to grow and change.It is built upon the great legacy of standards, simple practices, and principles laid carefully before us. I encourage youto spend as much time with the incredibly fun Mr. Pratt andMr. Schinstine as you do with these incredibly fun hybrid rudiments. Good luck and happy hybriding!RUDIMENT HYBRIDSCompiled by Kirk J. GayThe following examples are from the following sources:EF Edward Freytag, The Rudimental Cookbook, 1993Row-Loff ProductionsJC James B. Campbell, Percussive Notes, June 1992JM Jeffrey Moore, Percussive Notes, August 1993DD Dennis DeLucia, Percussion Discussion, 1995 Row-LoffProductionsJS Joel Smales, compiled for this articleNominations for 2006 PAS Board of Directors are due June 3, 2005.All PAS members are eligible for nomination. Self nominations areacceptable. Nominations must be made in writing and should includenominee’s name, address, telephone number, fax number (ifavailable) and email address (if available).Send letters of nomination to PAS, Board of Directors Nominations701 NW Ferris Avenue, Lawton, OK 73507-5442, fax: (580) 353-1456







Joel Smales is director of bands at Binghamton High School’s Rod Serling School of Fine Arts, in Binghamton, NY. He holds music degrees from the Crane School of Music (BM) and Binghamton University (MM). Smales is Principal Percussionist with the TriCities Opera Orchestra, performs with the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, leads his own percussion trio, and playsdrumset and jazz vibes regularly in the area. His published works include percussion solos, ensembles, textbooks, and methodbooks published by HoneyRock, Connecticut Hill Music Publishers, and Phantom Music Publishing. His articles have appearedin Percussive Notes, School Band and Orchestra, and Band World magazines. Joel is the New York State PAS Vice Presidentand Percussion Chair for NYSSMA.PNPERCUSSIVE NOTES39 APRIL 2005

Before trying hybrid rudiments, be certain to know the 40 PAS International Drum Rudiments, with the ability to perform each at different tempi and identify each rudiment both by sight and sound. The hybrids discussed here are built upon the 40 International Drum Rudiments, so those should b

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