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The Back of the Band

Resources for Snare, Tenor and Bass Drummers

The Historical Dilemma

Over the years, beginner drummers have been recruited by their local pipe bands, typically with promises of free instruction.

They are then taught in the band context by well meaning drummers who often have not had access to good training or good curriculum. In this environment instruction is haphazard. With the advancement of pipe band drumming over several decades it has become essential that beginners be taught basic music theory, good reading skills, good stick control, how to play on time and foundational movements.

It is a common mistake to plunge beginners into the band drum scores with insufficient preparation. This serves to entrench bad habits during early development that are very difficult to overcome in the future.

Unfortunately this process sets up many beginner drummers to become frustrated and demoralized in the future as they face large amounts of remedial work needed to correct problems so that they can advance.

Our Solution

This page has been created by the certified drumming judges of the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario (PPBSO) to be an accurate source of information for anyone interested in learning to play pipe band drumming including snare, tenor and bass. 

 

All students beginning pipe band drumming need to learn to read music and understand basic underlying musical concepts as well as foundational movements in order to become proficient.

 

It is very important to have a qualified instructor to guide you through this process

 

Our intention is to provide an overview of what you need to know to become a proficient pipe band drummer this includes a list of qualified instructors, access to music and recordings, and knowledge up upcoming workshops and masterclasses related to drumming education.

How to Identify a Good Instructor

Instructors

The fastest and best way to learn is with a qualified teacher

Drumming Instructors

Profile
Name
Location
Instruments
Email
Mode of Instruction
Andrew Elliot
Houston, TX
Tenor Drum, Bass Drum
see social media
Online
Blair Brown
Vancouver, BC
Snare Drum
see social media
Online
Brian McCue
Aurora, ON
Snare Drum
brian.mccue@sac.on.ca
In-person,Online
Chris Bell
Kingston, ON
Snare Drum
chris.bell20@gmail.com
In-person,Online
Dan Bist
Barrie, ON
Snare Drum
dbist@hotmail.com
In-person,Online
Dave Coleman
Fredericton, NB
Snare Drum
drdjc.gm@gmail.com
Online
Doug Stronach
Snare Drum
see social media
Online
Graham Brown
Snare Drum
grahambrown13@hotmail.com
Online
Hugh Cameron
Wellesley, ON
Snare Drum
hugh.cam.1949@gmail.com
In-person
Jamie Alfred
Beeton, ON
Tenor Drum, Bass Drum
flourishing.rhythm@gmail.com
Online,In-person
Johnny Rowe
Caledonia, ON
Bass Drum
bigjohnnyrowe@gmail.com
In-person
Kate Dudek
Kitchener, ON
Tenor Drum, Bass Drum
kate@katedudekdrumming.com
Online,In-person
Kyle Heaney
Toronto, ON
Tenor Drum, Bass Drum
heaney.kyle@gmail.com
In-person,Online
Michael Hunter
Snare Drum
mhunter@mcw.com
In-person
Reagan Jones
Lindsay, ON
Bass Drum
reaganmjones@hotmail.com
In-person,Online
Scott Nicholson
Kingston, ON
Snare Drum
kingstonPolicePipeBand@gmail.com
In-person
Stephen Hill
Windsor, ON
Snare Drum
stevenerinhill@gmail.com
In-person
Tyler Fry
Houston, TX
Tenor Drum, Bass Drum
sales@tyfry.com
Online

Instructor Database

Contact PPBSO Administrator with your performance resume to be included in the Instructor database.

Tunes
Sheet Music

Scores