Drummer - drum & bugle corps and marching band
Bands: Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps.
Drumsticks: Vic Firth
Ralph Hardimon is a renowned percussionist, teacher, composer, and clinician. He is best known for his work in the areas of marching percussion, rudimental drumming, drum & bugle corps, and marching band.
Hardimon's performance experience started in the late sixties with the Los Angeles Police Band, and later the Velvet Knights and Anaheim Kingsmen drum & bugle corps. He taught and studied with Fred Sanford and studied with Charles Dowd at the University of Oregon.
Following Fred Sanford's departure after the 1980 season, Hardimon became Director of Percussion for the Santa Clara Vanguard in 1981 and kept that position through 1990, during which time SCV won four High Percussion awards (1978, 1979, 1988, 1989) and three DCI World Championships. He served as a consultant for SCV from 1997-2000. Hardimon has scored music for many other corps (including Blue Knights from 1990-2001) as well as college percussion ensembles and marching bands. He is currently the percussion caption head at the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.
Hardimon received Grammy nominations for Jazz and Rhythm and Blues, and a Gold Record for Rhythm and Blues. He has worked for Disney and bowl games such as the Citrus Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Super Bowl. He travels to Japan several times a year to work with percussion ensembles, marching bands, and drum corps.
Hardimon was inducted into the DCI hall of fame in 2000, and received the “Life Time Achievement Award” from Sabian Cymbals in 2005. He is currently a Winter Guard International adjudicator, continues working a partnership with Mike Sherpa at "Head Talk" (a school of multi-percussion in Loveland, Colorado), and arranges percussion for Blue Knights, a World Class drum corps from Denver, Colorado.
The popular drum stick company Vic Firth manufactures multiple signature Ralph Hardimon drumsticks. These sticks include the standard SRH and SRHN models, the Ralphie Jr., Ralph Hardimon Indoor, Ralph Hardimon "Hammer," Ralph Hardimon "Chop-Out," Ralph Hardimon Tenor Stick, and Ralph Hardimon Tenor Swizzle.
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 2.