Lee Caron at Timpani

Boston based percussionist, Lee Caron, will be presenting a clinic at the 2011 United States Association of Rudimental Drummers convention being held in Lancaster, PA.

Mr. Caron, considered by leading Basel Swiss drummers as the best and foremost authority of Swiss drumming in the United States, will be presenting his clinic on this subject on Saturday, April 16 at 1:00 PM.

Caron’s Swiss Master Class Introduction:

Most percussionists know that the birth of rudimental drumming was in Switzerland but

most of ‘most percussionists’ know nothing more than that. The purpose of this Swiss

drumming master class is to compliment my Percussive Notes article (Jan 2010) and clear the mystery

of this known but not so known art form. The presentation will show attendees:

– A brief history of Swiss drumming (1380’s till present).

– An explanation of the carnival ‘Fasnacht’

– The Swiss rope tension field drum (wood and brass) and how they work.

– Grip: ‘Traditional grip’ but with a slight difference in the right hand.

– A breakdown of Swiss rudiments.

– Reading, deciphering, and interpreting Swiss notation (Burger and Winzer


– Live performance of Swiss drumming.

Lee Caron

Lee Caron's Biography from Boston Musicians' Association:

Performing rudimental drumming for 20 years, Lee has been a member of and

performed with groups such as The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps 3rd US INF (Escort

to the President), The United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own), United States Coast

Guard Band, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and was in the 2007 cast of the

Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh Scotland. His travels also take him to Basel

Switzerland where he performs regularly in the Carnival ‘Fasnacht’ with the Clique ‘Seibi’.

In 2009 Lee was the first American to compete in the ‘Offiiells Bryysdrummlen

und Pfyffe’ (the competition in Basel before Fasnacht) as well as placing in the finals.

When not performing rudimental drumming, Lee is a freelance percussionist performing

with orchestras, chamber groups, and music theater productions throughout New

England, faculty at the Indian Hill Music School and Axiom – a Drummers Place,

percussion specialist Weymouth HS, and drum instructor for the William Diamond Jr.

Fife and Drum Corps in Lexington, MA. Mr. Caron attended the Hartt School of Music

and the Boston Conservatory.

This year’s United States Association of Rudimental Drummers convention is being held at the Heritage Hotel – Lancaster, PA on April 15th, 16th & 17th.

For more information on the U.S.A.R.D. convention and the organization itself, please go to the U.S.A.R.D. web site at www.usard.org