Pa­trick Stalder - Project Man­ager of Top Se­cret Drum Corps

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Pa­trick started drum­ming when he was just eight years old. His goal was to play in a Clique, a tra­di­tional group at the Basler Fas­nacht.

Pa­trick joined Top Se­cret when he was 18 years old, back in 2010. Erik Jul­liard, founder of Top Se­cret and Pro­ducer of the Basel Tat­too asked Pa­trick if he wanted to join the Top Se­cret Drum Corps.

He be­came Snare­line Leader af­ter their per­for­mance in Ed­in­burgh 2012. At that time, he was also serv­ing in the Swiss Army as a drum­mer in the Swiss Con­script Band.

Af­ter his ba­sic train­ing in the Swiss Army he re­turned and be­came Project Man­ager of the Top Se­cret Drum Corps.

Pa­trick com­posed dif­fer­ent parts for the Top Se­cret Drum Corps and chore­ographed the corps’ show in Ed­in­burgh 2015.

The last show in Ed­in­burgh 2015 was Pa­trick’s last show as an ac­tive Top Se­cret mem­ber but he still con­tin­ues in the man­age­ment of the Top Se­cret Drum Corps. Pa­trick still plays in his lo­cal Clique and en­joys go­ing “back to the roots” of Basel-style drum­ming.

At what age did you start drum­ming?

“I started drum­ming when I was eight years old. It is every child’s dream to play in a tra­di­tional group at the Basler Fas­nacht.”

Big­gest drum­ming in­flu­ence?

“That’s easy, the Basler Fas­nacht. My whole fam­ily takes part in the Fas­nacht every year. Also, the Top Se­cret Drum Style is based on the Swiss drum style and the rudi­men­tal Basel Car­ni­val Style.”

What made you want to join the Top Se­cret Drum Corps?

“I guess it is a goal and a dream for every young drum­mer in Basel to one day join the fa­mous Drum Corps. I was al­ways amazed by the Top Se­cret Drum Corps. It was back

in 2010 when Erik asked me if I wanted to join them and of course I said yes. I felt so hon­oured that they asked me!”

What type of sticks do you cur­rently use?

“Top Se­cret have their own Sig­na­ture stick made from Hick­ory by Agner of Switzer­land. We have a very good re­la­tion­ship with Agner Drum­sticks and we are so lucky to be work­ing with them on our sticks.”

Do you have a favourite rudi­ment?

“I re­ally like the tra­di­tional Basel Car­ni­val Rudi­ments. Ba­sics like ‘dou­plé’ are very unique. There is a small piece called ‘Morges­traich’. Every drum­mer and fifer in the city plays this tune at the be­gin­ning of the Fas­nacht and all the lights in the city are switched off at the same time (4am). A magic mo­ment every year.”

Which other Drum Corps would you most like to play with?

“It is al­ways dif­fi­cult to drum with other drum groups, be­cause the TSDC has its very unique style. For me the en­core with the Blue Devils In­ter­na­tional Corps back in 2015 at the Basel Tat­too was an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence. For the younger mem­bers, I am sure the per­for­mance with the Royal Marines Corps of Drums at the re­cent Mount­bat­ten Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic 2017 was one of the best per­for­mances they have ever had.”

What is your proud­est drum­ming mo­ment to date?

“I’m still very proud that I have the priv­i­lege to work as the Project Man­ager, to help form the Corps and help them get bet­ter and bet­ter each day, not only as in­di­vid­ual drum­mers, but also as a group. It is my job to make sure the cur­rent mem­bers are able to have the same ex­pe­ri­ences or even bet­ter ones than I had in my time as an ac­tive drum­mer.”

What has been your most mem­o­rable gig and why?

“It was my last show in Ed­in­burgh, 2015. Af­ter a hard party night and lots of drinks dur­ing the day, we were still able to per­form a per­fect show, with no dropped sticks on the ground, with a lot of en­ergy and very good qual­ity! Af­ter the per­for­mance, every mem­ber was so happy and sad at the same time. Twenty five young men cried af­ter this per­for­mance. It was very emo­tional and a mo­ment I will never for­get.”

Do you have any­thing ex­cit­ing planned?

“The Top Se­cret Drum Corps will per­form at the Mil­i­tary Tat­too in Ys­tad, Swe­den in Au­gust and at the Spasskaya Tower Fes­ti­val in Mos­cow in Septem­ber. I per­formed there back in 2011, it is a spe­cial feel­ing to per­form on Red Square. It will be very ex­cit­ing for the corps!”

Do you have any ad­vice or a quote you’d like to share with us?

“With­out drum­ming I would have not been able to meet so many peo­ple all around the world. Drum­ming is like a lan­guage that ev­ery­one can un­der­stand. It fas­ci­nates me every day.”

“Twenty five young men cried af­ter this per­for­mance. It was very emo­tional and a mo­ment I will never for­get”

Pa­trick Stalder: “It is a goal and a dream for every young drum­mer in Basel to one day join the fa­mous Drum Corps”

For those that don’ t know, Top Se­cret Drum Corps have their own cof­fee ta­ble book which has some fan­tas­tic pho­tos in­side. It was writ­ten by Chris­tian Platz who fol­lowed TSDC around foray ear and doc­u­mented ev­ery­thing in his­book.

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