Annual SHAKE Rudimental Drumming Weekend Coming Up

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The 12th annual SHAKE weekend will offer something for everyone interested in rudimental drumming: entertainment for spectators who just want to watch, the opportunity for drummers to play along on pads, exhibitions by individuals and groups, mass drumming by everyone attending, all topped off with CADRE’s 3rd annual individual and ensemble rudimental drumming competitions.

SHAKE 12 will again be held in Firefighters Hall, 175 Dartnall Road South, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on October 12 and 13. The event is organized each year by World Drum Corps Hall of Fame member Fred Johnson, who founded CADRE (Canadian Associates Drumming Rudimental Excellence).

The two-day event begins with the Shake ‘n’ Bake Jam session on Friday, October 12 at 7 pm. All drummers are encouraged to bring their own practice pad, music stand and drum for the Saturday afternoon massed drumming events, guest performances and competitions, all beginning at 1 pm. Cost for the weekend events is $20 (all funds in Canadian currency) per adult drumming participant; $10 for adult spectators; no charge for drummers under 18 or with a valid school student card. Food and beverages are not included in the admission price. Bar facilities are available both days.

Last year’s event attracted more than 200 people, including 80 drummers from New York, Pennsylvania, Alberta, New Jersey, Michigan, Quebec and Ontario, featuring rope and high tension snares, multi-drum and bass drum players all demonstrating historic, contemporary and modern rudimental excellence. Participants included World Drum Corps Hall of Fame members John Flowers and John S. (Jack) Pratt, who was participating in his 10th of the eleven SHAKE annual events. Many participants had to battle their way across the New York/Ontario border in the aftermath of a freak early-season snowfall that devastated Buffalo and parts of western New York.

CADRE’s 2nd Annual Individual and Ensemble Rudimental Drumming Competition featured nine individual snare drummers and three duets. Five of the drummers were under 21 years of age. Jack Murray, of New York, won the snare individuals. John Roche and Erin Lang, of New Jersey, who had just returned from a junior drum camp in Fort Meyers, Virginia, were tops in the duet class.

Johnson, who has been active in the drum and bugle corps community for more than 50 years, founded CADRE and initiated the SHAKE weekends to foster rudimental drumming. His drumming career started with military bands. He was the Canadian individual snare drumming champion three years in a row: 1951, 1952 and 1953. He has judged with the Canadian Judges Association, Drum Corps Associates (DCA), Drum Corps International (DCI) and the Red Carpet Association. He served as DCA’s drumming quality control manager, successfully designing a system to implement a contest scoring system for the “degree of excellence” concept first proposed by Hall of Fame member Eric Perrilloux.

For more information, or to schedule individual or group performances, contact:

*CADRE I&E coordinator Al Andersen, at telephone (90) 275-6951 or email: al [dot] andersen [at] sympatico [dot] ca

*CADRE president Fred Johnson at telephone (613) 279-2029 or email: johnson [at] frontenac [dot] net

*General Information Paul Mosley telephone (613) 884-4187 or email: pmdm [at] rogers [dot] com

For information about previous SHAKE events, check the CADRE website at

SHAKE is an example of World Drum Corps Hall of Fame members carrying out the organization’s aim to promote interest and enhance a feeling of good fellowship among the many individuals and organizations involved with drum and bugle corps, thereby enhancing constructive contributions in all areas of the activity.

More information about the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame is available at

Posted by on Tuesday, August 28th, 2007. Filed under DCA News.