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J. Burns Moore

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Joseph Burns Moore was a champion rudimental snare drummer, member of the Connecticut National Guard, instructional author, and founding member of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers.

Joseph Burns Moore
OriginNova Scotia
Genresrudimental drumming
Occupation(s)Connecticut National Guardsman
Instrumentssnare drum, timpani
Years active1888–1951
Associated actsNew Haven Symphony, Governor's Footguards Band


J. Burns Moore was born in 1872 in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.[1] His family moved to New Haven, Connecticut in 1888 when he was sixteen years old.[2] He played in his first snare drumming competition while a sergeant in the New Haven Grays.[2] He would later go on to win the Connecticut Championship in 1891, 1895, 1897, and 1900.[3] In 1905 Moore joined the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as a percussionist,[2] a post he held for over 45 years.[1] He was also a drummer in the 2nd Company of the Governor's Foot Guards.

In 1933 Moore was invited to be a judge at the American Legion National Convention in Chicago.[2] While at the convention he participated in the formation of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers with William F. Ludwig, Sr., George Lawrence Stone, and 10 other prominent rudimental drummers that eventually organized the 26 Standard American Drum rudiments.[4] Moore served as the first president of the new organization from 1933-1945[5]

Moore had a strong relationship with William F. Ludwig and the W.F.L. Drum Company published his rudimental drum book Art of Drumming in 1937[6] and produced a signature model marching snare drum for him.[7] The company also ran an ad in 1941 calling Moore the "World's Greatest Drummer" and touting his 54 years of experience at the time.[1]

Moore recorded the drum solos "Connecticut Halftime" and "Old Dan Tucker" in 1940 for the WFL Drums album Wm. F. Ludwig Rudimental Drum Album No. 1.[8] "Connecticut Halftime" would later be re-released on an album called Ruffles and flourishes : music for field trumpets and drums in 1957.[9]


  1. ^ a b c
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  3. ^ Clark, James. Connecticut's Fife and Drum Tradition. Wesleyan University Press, 2011.
  4. ^ Beck, John H. Encyclopedia of Percussion. Routledge, 2013.
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  6. ^ Moore, J. B. Art of Drumming. Chicago: WFL Drum Co, 1937.
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  8. ^ Wm. F. Ludwig Rudimental Drum Album No. 1. Chicago: WFL Drum Co, 1940. Sound Recording.
  9. ^ Fennell, Frederick. Ruffles and Flourishes: Music for Field Trumpets and Drums. Chicago: Mercury, 1957. Sound recording.
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