All Students are expected to bring their own instrument.

Snare Drum
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/Bass Drum
Tenor/Bass 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

About our Drum Instructors

Please Note:  Instructor(s) are subject to change based on enrollment
Duncan Millar – Snare Drum

Snare Drum:  Duncan Millar played snare drum with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band under P/M Terry Lee and D/S J. Reid Maxwell for twenty years. With them he won four World Championships and four World Drum Corps Championships. Duncan also won the North American, South American, New Zealand, and Australian championships during his career. Duncan began drumming with The House of Scotland (San Diego) then played with the Los Angeles Scottish (Laguna Niguel), SFU (British Columbia), Canterbury Caledonian Society (Christchurch), New Zealand Police (Wellington) and the South American Pipers Association (Buenos Aires) pipe bands before retiring from competition in 2017.

Duncan performed at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and made several appearances in the final round at the World Solo Drumming Championships. Duncan is a business immigration lawyer in Seattle and Vancouver and adjudicates for the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (drumming) and the British Columbia Pipers’ Association (drumming and ensemble).


Owen Russell – Tenor/Bass Drum

Tenor/Bass Drum:  Owen Russell is excited to return to OSAS as an instructor for the second time in 2022. Owen began playing tenor at age 7 in Minneapolis, MN under the tuition of Joe Hickey. Currently, Owen is a member of the six-time world Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. Owen has taught students all over the US and Canada and has taught students that have won at the highest level in their respective grades. Teaching has been a passion for Owen and he looks forward to sharing that in-person with students this summer!