Peter Vulperhorst SIRD Chapter Netherlands 22.01.2021
Ross Andrews, Former US Army Old Guard Fife and Drums Corps music comitee fonder and leader, 1st cl. Sgt retired
Dominick Cuccia's name has become synonymous with excellence and he is recognized around the globe as the leader in not-so-traditional rudimental drumming.
Following in the footsteps of rudimental legends Nick Attanasio, Gus Moeller, Les Parks, Jack Pratt, Earl Sturtze and so many more, Dominick has built a reputation as one of the "good guys" in the world of drumming. Known by many of his fans as the fife & drum guy, his knowledge as a teacher, musicality as a composer, power as a drummer and entertainment as a clinician, all sit in the shadow of his sincerity and passion about the art of drumming.
He is also considered by many to be a trailblazer for fife & drum performers, opening up doors and creating opportunity for the next generation of rudimental drumming stars. Many are now following in his footsteps taking their drumming to stages never available before. Dreaded Drummer Productions is the outlet where Dominick shares music, legend and all things in the world of drumming!
About Steven Shedden:
Steven is originally from Glasgow, Scotland and started drumming at the age of 9. His first lessons took place in the back room of the famous pipe band supplies shop - The Band Room.
He quickly progressed through the grades becoming one of the youngest drummers to compete at the top level in pipe bands. He won the prestigious ‘Champion of Champions’ drum corps prize at the age of 13 with Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band. Steven has been successful in the solo scene winning two juvenile World Championships in 2008 and 2011.
By 2010 Steven had joined the House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band under the world-famous and 16 time world solo drumming champion Jim Kilpatrick MBE, winning the World Drumcorps Championship in 2011. Around this time Steven was also the leading drummer with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and has performed all over the world.
In 2016 Steven had the honour to join Jim Kilpatrick’s elite drumcorps in the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band who came together for Jim’s final competitive season. The corps won the drumming title at the UK Championships which was the first time a Grade 1 drumcorps had been put together and won a Championship in their first season.
Steven now resides in Melbourne, Australia teaching drums full-time at Scotch College. He is the Leading Drummer of Hawthorn Pipe Band and is the current Australian Drumming Champion, having held this title since 2017.
Steven is the Director of ShedDrum - an online portal for drumming videos and education and is proudly endorsed by the British Drum Company. Steven recently represented Pipe Band Drumming by performing at PASIC - the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in the United States.
About Russel Piner:
Russel Piner is a serving member in the Corps of Drums of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. His extensive career has afforded him many opportunities to excel as a composer and as a drummer; writing multiple compositions and gaining his diploma in Snare Drum & Natural Trumpet in 2012. In 2017 Piner became Bugle Major Training at the Royal Marines School of Music and is responsible for the development of all Royal Marines’ drummers and buglers.
He has had the privilege of performing alongside some of the world’s best drum
lines, including Top Secret Drum Corps, West Point ‘Hellcats’ Field Music Group and The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. In 2016 Piner became a member of the United States National Association of Rudimental Drummers (NARD), and in 2018 he was appointed to the education committee for the Society of International Rudimental Drummers (SIRD). Russ is also the lead organiser for the 3rd International Rudimental Drummers’ Symposium taking place in Portsmouth, UK between the 16th and 18th September 2022.
Russ is proud to be an endorsed artist for the British Drum Company, promoting their range of traditional marching side drums – the Regimental Series.
About Hazizi Jaafar:
Hazizi is the Percussion Group Leader for the Singapore Armed Forces Band. He had served as Principal Percussionist as well as performed with various other professional groups in Singapore. He is an active clinician, focusing on rudimental drumming and how that affects all aspects of percussion playing.
Hazizi is a member of The Society of International Rudimental Drummers (SIRD) and has represented Singapore in Bern, Switzerland & Paris, France. He is an artist with Prologix Percussion and Agner Drumsticks.