Rules of The Snare Drum Challenge

1. What participants will do at the Snare Drum Challenge

  • Each participant of the Snare Drum Challenge will perform one main piece, followed by a short sight reading exercise.
  • There are three difficulty levels to allow all drummers from beginners to advance to participate. More information about these levels can be found in section 3.

2. Entry Guidelines

  • Entry is open to all drummers under the age of 18, regardless of whether they take lessons at Dundee Drum Academy or not.
  • Entry should be made either online, or by printing out a hard copy of an entry form and returning it to Dundee Drum Academy, 83 Strathmartine Road, Dundee, DD3 7RY.
  • Standard Entry for each participant is £5. Payment should be made either in person or online at There is no charge for spectators on the day.
  • Entry should be made before the specified closing date. Late entries will incur an additional £5 late entry fee.

3. The pieces to be performed

  • There will be three difficulty levels for The Snare Drum Challenge. Dundee Drum Academy students will automatically be placed into the appropriate difficulty level, participants from outside Dundee Drum Academy will need to use their best judgement to decide which difficulty level best suits them. The difficulty level and the piece to be performed will be agreed far in advance between the participant and Dundee Drum Academy.
  • Participants in each difficulty level will perform the same piece, which will be decided well in advance of the event. A digital and/or hard copy of the music will be sent to each participant. 
  • The pieces will be original snare drum music written by Chris Morris specifically for The Snare Drum Challenge, and will include techniques appropriate to the level/grade of each group.

4. Order of the day

  • The Snare Drum Challenge will take place at the Tayside Deaf Hub, The Old Mill, 23 Brown Street, Dundee, DD1 5EF on Saturday 24th March 2018, beginning at 2:00pm. Participants are asked where possible to arrive at least fifteen minutes before the start of the event.
  • Participants will take a sealed envelope at random which will contain their draw number and a short form. Participants must write their names on the forms and hand them in to the moderator before performing their piece. Participants should not reveal their draw number to Chris Morris, who will be acting as adjudicator, and assessing each participant without looking.
  • The snare drum, drum sticks, musical notation and music stand will be provided by Dundee Drum Academy. Each participant is asked to use the same equipment. Equipment details will be made available at
  • Each participant will begin with their main piece according to their level, and then will be given a short sight-reading exercise by the moderator, which they also must perform straight away. The sight-reading exercises will be different for each participant, but equal in difficulty according to their level.
  • Once all participants have performed, a few minutes will be taken to determine what each participant has achieved, and which participant has scored the highest. The announcements will be made shortly after. It will be revealed which participants have earned either a certificate of merit, or a bronze, silver or gold certificate, but overall scores will not be revealed publicly.
  • In the event that two or more participants have equally achieved the highest score, a further tie breaker sight-reading challenge will take place in order to determine the overall highest scorer.
  • Trophies will be awarded on the day, and belong to the winners permanently. Certificates and critiques will be issued no more than two weeks after the event.
  • Levels 1, 2 and 3 will all take place simultaneously, beginning at 2:00pm.