All Students are expected to bring their own instrument.
Drummers will learn:
• Reading (basic note values to complex patterns. Score reading and writing)
• Rhythm (with and without sticking, syncopation and independence)
• Rudiments (beginner/intermediate)
• Advanced rudiments (applying rudiments to musical lines)
• Pipe band rhythms with background info and exercises for each (MSR and medley tunes)
• Tone and maintenance of the snare drum (bring your drum)
• Beginner to advanced solo or band drum scores
• Ensemble playing with the other sections
Tenor drummers will learn:
• Flourishing (four basic flourishes; all flourishes on EUSPBA recommended flourish symbol list)
• Music theory (note values, simple vs. compound time, dot and cut, rhythm patterns of different types of tunes and time signatures)
• Improving transitional flow between flourish and rhythm playing
• Tone and maintenance of the tenor drum (bring your drum)
• Beginner to advanced solo or band midsection scores
• Ensemble playing with the other sections
• Fundamental and advanced rudiments
• Playing with heart and dynamics
• Getting the best tone from your drum
• Developing a sense of time
• Counting & syncopation
• Taking ownership of time
• Marching with the bass drum
• Taking the band into the circle
• Visual meter and motion
• Marches in simple duple, triple and quadruple time
• Marches in compound time
• The strathspey idiom
• Roll development
• Creating bass drum scores
• Rhythmic phrasing for the MSR
• Rhythmic phrasing for light music: hornpipes – jigs – round reels – slip jigs
• Bass section integration – – – to include working with pipes, tenors, and side drums
• Band ensemble
• Listening to the ‘greats’ of bass drumming
• Care and maintenance of the bass drum
My goal is to provide you with the resources and guidance to help you to achieve your objectives as a musician. Leave your grade level ‘at the door’ when you enter the class. What you take away from this experience is relative to what you put into it. Take notes, ask questions, get involved! Learning is not a passive experience!
About our 2017 Drum Instructors
Graham Brown began drumming in the fall of 1991 under the instruction of Doug Stronach. He started his drumming career as the Lead Drummer of the Milton Optimist Pipe Band, founded by his mother Gail. The band was very successful, winning the World Juvenile Championships in 1994, and the Grade 3 Worlds in 1997.
In 2002, after four years of playing Grade 1 in Ontario, Graham moved to Scotland to realize his lifelong dream of playing with Jim Kilpatrick and the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band. With Shotts, Graham has won 3 World Pipe Band Championships (2003, 2005, 2015), 4 World Drum Corps Championships (2002, 2003, 2005, 2014), and amassed a total of 17 Major drumming wins (4 Worlds, 3 Scottish, 5 British, 2 European, 3 Cowal).
In 2007 after six seasons with Shotts, Graham returned home to Canada and was named the Lead Drummer of the Grade 1 Peel Regional Police Pipe Band. Over five years Graham led Peel to many band and drumming wins including the North American Championships, and a place in the World Championship final. The fall of 2012 saw Graham reunite at Shotts with his brothers Blair and Glenn, to be part of the band’s rebuilding process under new Pipe Major Ryan Canning. In August of 2015 Graham was named Lead Drummer of the St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band of Houston, Texas, one of the world’s top Grade 2 Pipe Bands, with their eyes firmly set on Grade 1. Graham is also involved with the St. Thomas Episcopal School Pipe Band.
In the solo realm, Graham has won the North American Championships at Maxville seven times, the Agnew-Harrison Invitational six times, the Kansas City Gold Medal, and has been a Finalist at the World Solo Drumming Championships.
Graham teaches private lessons, workshops, and schools internationally. He is a certified judge with the Piper’s and Pipe Band Society of Ontario, and the Western United States Pipe Band Association. Also a prolific composer, Graham released his first book of music “A Tap and a Roll” in 2013.
Anne Roby began drumming at the age of 15 after a successful highland dancing career. She studied under Michael Crawley, Tyler Fry, Mike Cole and Dan Griffin.
Anne is currently the Lead Tenor for the Great Lakes Pipe Band. She is a former member of the Windsor Police, North Coast, and 87th Cleveland Pipe Bands.
Anne has been an instructor at the Alma College and Erepa Grotto Pipe Band workshops. She has also been hired to work with a number of bands including Celtic Eagle, Capital City, Black Bear, Cyril Scott, North Coast and the University of Notre Dame Pipe Bands.
Anne has been a tenor drum instructor in the Cleveland, OH area for many years. In addition to her many private lesson students, Anne started “The Cleveland Tenor Group”, which is a series of group lessons for tenor drummers in Cleveland bands. This group has expanded to include players that come from all parts of Ohio.
Chicago resident, bass drummer Mike Cole, is one of the world’s foremost experts in pipe band bass drumming. He has instructed in workshops and appeared in concerts throughout North America and Scotland. He was the bass drummer on the “Pipes and Sticks on Route 66” tour in 2012 with Jim Kilpatrick, Stuart Liddell, Angus MacColl, and Willie McCallum. He has written volumes of bass and tenor scores and has served as a drum technician and consultant to some of the world’s top-level competitive bands. Mike is the founder of Twisted Thistle, the company that produces his bass drum mallets, which are played by award-winning bass drummers across the world.
In 2010 Mike was the bass drummer for the Scottish Grade One band, Inveraray and District, helping them achieve a ninth place finish at the World’s that year. He performed with the band as a guest artist at their “Ascension” concert in Glasgow in 2013. Mike is a featured artist with Premier Percussion from England.
Before becoming active in pipe bands in 1987 Mike played professionally for fifteen years in a wide variety of bands including working with several Blues’ and Rhythm & Blues’ artists. He’s played with Sam and Dave (“I’m a Soul Man”), Junior Wells, James Cotton and others. Mike toured with rock bands and opened for various artists and bands, including Joe Cocker, Edgar Winter, Black Oak Arkansas, and Yes.
In 1998 Mike won the Best Bass award in Grade Two at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. His bass sections have won the Grade One North American titles in 2006, 2007 and 2011. Mike played with the Grade Two Greater Midwest Pipe Band from its founding in 2013 through the 2015 season. His midsections won the “Best Bass” awards everywhere they have competed, and the band won the Grade Two North American title in 2015. In 2007 Mike won the Gold Medal in the Professional Bass Drumming competition at Winter Storm in Kansas City. Beginning in 2008 he served as a judge and instructor at that event for several years. He returned as a competitor in 2013 and again won the Gold Medal, returning as a judge in 2014 and in 2015.
Mike holds a Master’s degree in educational technology from National Louis University. He’s a retired elementary school math teacher. Mike contributes much of his success to the support of his wife, MJ, a former piper and his greatest fan.