New drums hot off the press, Australian Nationals, Easter Weekend Contests

April…A very active time in the piping and drumming fraternity.  The Australian National Championships, The Hastings Solo Contest in New Zealand and the British Columbia Indoor contest in Vancouver.  Adding to all of the excitement, Andante Percussion have launched a new series of Bass and Tenor drums.

Australian Nationals, Caloundra

Contesting Success


Simon Fraser University Pipe Band cleaned up at the BC Annual Gathering contest, beating Triumph Street to the 1st place victory.  Grant Maxwell lifted the Pro Drumming trophy for the first time, taking the Arran Campbell Trophy. Steven Wheeler and Kelsey Dougan, students of COME2DRUM.COM took 1st place and 2nd place in the Grade 3 MSR event.


Scottish drumming is in a very healthy situation across Australia, with 45+ bands turning out for this sunny event in Queensland. The Pipe Band Club of Sydney took the Grade 1 contest and also the drumming prize. This is their 2nd “Ozzie” title in a row, congratulations to the band. Grade 4 had 20+ bands  fight it out with University of Ballarat taking the drumming prize. Grade 3 was dominated by a kiwi band, the Manawatu Development band.  Grade 2 was a highly competitive grade, with Hawthorn enjoying the 1st place prize. Drumming victors, University of Ballarat took 1st in both circles. Canberra Burns Club took 2nd place overall in drumming. Both Ballarat and Canberra have a very strong personell base and seek advice from, Richard Hawke, Jori Chisholm and Tyler Fry.  Highlight of the Day – Queensland Highlanders Drum Corps MSR performance.

New Zealand

The annual Hastings Easter Solo contest saw Greg Wilson and Brian Switalla take the piping prizes.  B and C Grade drumming was dominated by COME2DRUM.COM students Aaron Mitchell and Hamish Petersen, with Hamish taking straight firsts in all events.


Laughlin’s Pipes N Drumz proudly presents the Andante Percussion Pro Series Bass and Tenor Drums, and also the Military series drums. Laughlin’s is the Australia/New Zealand Agent, they are now selling the Pro Series Mid Section drums as played by the Simon Fraser Universtity Pipe Band. Contact for more information on the drums.

Andante Drums

The Southern Hemisphere is drawing its Pipe Band season to a close, as the Northern Hemisphere kicks off. Here’s to a great 2010!

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