Limited Edition – For Pipers and Drummers

I thought it might be a good idea to let all of my bagpiping and drumming blog followers know that the ‘Our Journey’ book is now officially a limited edition collectors item.

The book, a first of its kind in the pipe band world, features personal and emotional stories from some of the greatest ever bagpipers, drummers and drum majors.  The pipe band world is such a small fraternity yet we know so little about the upbringing of our pipe band ‘idols’.  Not only are the stories intriguing but they are accompanied by some of the most amazing photography – thanks to Ryan MacDonald, Weatherly Schiele, Derek Maxwell and a handful of others.

So far, the reaction to the book has been overwhelming.  It’s a large hardback book that seems to be making its way onto most readers’ coffee tables  (according to the pics they are sending us and putting up on ourFB page)

However, we have decided that instead of reprinting the book, we are going to leave it as a collectors item – limited edition.  Pipers and drummers throughout the World have been grabbing their copies since its launch at the Piping Live Festival at the National Piping Centre.  You can get your copy directly from the Our Journey website.

Want your copy? Please get it before they all sell out. No further copies will be printed.

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World Masters Pipe Band Workshop

Jim Kilpatrick, Tyler Fry, Richard Hawke, James Laughlin, Stuart Liddell, Greg Wilson, Grant Cassidy & Kyle Warren are the tutors at the World Masters Pipe Band Workshop in Christchurch, New Zealand.

This 3 day workshop, 28th Sept 2012 – 30th Sept 2012, gives participants the opportunity of a lifetime to meet and learn from tutors who have collectively won 60 World Championship titles.  Jim Kilpatrick MBE will be heading the drumming faculty, a World Solo Drumming Champion (many times over),  the current Leading Drummer of the World Champion Drum Corps, Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band and the most decorated pipe band drummer in the World.

Not only will the participants enjoy World Class tutoring, they will also get to see all of the tutors perform in a concert along with the Canterbury Caledonian, New Zealand Champion Grade 1 Pipe Band.  To add another dimension to the 3 day workshop, Jim Kilpatrick and Tyler Fry will be hosting the first ever “Drumming For Drinks” contest – a world famous drumming event.

To register or get more information please visit the Official World Masters Pipe Band Workshop website.

Scott Currie Percussion is now offering eBooks on Learning Pipe Band Drumming


With over 20 years of World Championship-Winning Pipe Band Drumming experience, Scott Currie is one of the UK & Europe’s best retailers for Pipe Band Drumming! He stocks TyFry, Jim Kilpatrick, Hosbilt, Andante, Pearl and Premier drumming accessories.

Scott Currie Percussion is now also selling James Laughlins eBooks on Pipe Band Drumming. If you are a Scottish Snare Drummer or a Pipe Band Drummer wanting to brush up on rudiments then this is the place to go. Scott offers the full range of eBooks from beginner to advanced, and a huge drum score collection.


If you want instant gratification, then go to Scott Currie Percussion and download your very own copy of the Pipe Band Drumming eBook collection.

Drum Practice!

How are those New Years resolutions going?

The only way to make any progress with drumming, or any musical instrument for that matter, is to consistently practice throughout the year.

Try this :

Identify one weak area in your playing.

Ask a professional instructor to help you find a cure.

Practice for 15 minutes each day for one week.


I guarantee you will be a happy chappy!

There is no need for endless hour of practice – just focus on small bursts of productive practice!




Come2Drum offers the Worlds most comprehensive educational package for Scottish Snare Drumming. If you want to learn Scottish Drumming, become a drummer in a pipe band or just simply challenge your personal rudiment skills, then you should check out Come2Drum.


What’s on offer?


Scottish Drumming Instruction Videos

Scottish Drumming Skype Lessons

Scottish Drumming Books

Pipe Band Drumming Music


Pipe Band Drumming – New Zealand Summer School 2012

Well, today kicked off the New Zealand National Summer school in Christchurch.

200+ students from all over New Zealand & Australia have travelled to Christchurch for the annual week-long piping and drumming school.

Tutors Jack Lee, Reid Maxwell, Richard Hawke, Tyler Fry, James Laughlin, Scott Birrell and many other top tutors are providing the instruction for the week.  The students will be treated to an instructor recital this evening, lots of great talent in one room should make for an awesome night.

It is very refreshing to see so many excited students ready to play drums for a whole week!!!

Come2Drum offers the Worlds most comprehensive educational package for Scottish Snare Drumming. If you want to learn Scottish Drumming, become a drummer in a pipe band or just simply challenge your personal rudiment skills, then you should check out Come2Drum.


What’s on offer?


Scottish Drumming Instruction Videos

Scottish Drumming Skype Lessons

Scottish Drumming Books

Scottish Drumming Music

Guide to Pipe Band Drumming – The Collection

Hot off the Press! You can now get your hands on the Guide to Pipe Band Drumming – The Collection.  Instead of buying volume 1 and volume 2 separately, you can now buy “The Collection” which offers you both Volumes’ as a combo package.

You will save yourself almost 50% if you opt for the Collection! 

What do you get?

– Over 140 pages of Structured Scottish Snare Drum Instruction

– Over 100 Audio tracks to accompany the E-Books

Who uses the Guide to Pipe Band Drumming E-Books?

– Tutors wanting to have a thorough and detailed resource to teach with

– Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Drummers

– Drum Kit & Percussion Professionals

– Pipe Bands and School Organisations

So what is actually in the E-Books?

Volume 1 : Step-by-Step instruction to master the basics of Pipe Band Drumming

14 individual chapters

Basic Drumming Rudiments – Doubles, Paradiddles, Flams

Intermediate Drumming Rudiments – Drags, Swiss Ruffs, Ratamacues

A collection of Scottish Snare Drum Rudiments

Volume 2 : The core of the book has been split into three primary sections – Rhythm, Phrasing & Technical Execution.

Key ingredient # 1 : Rhythm –  Here you will work through 13 pages of solid rhythmic development

Key ingredient # 2 : Phrasing – Now you can develop your feel & flow with 20 pages of intense Phrase Workouts

Key Ingredient # 3 : Technical Execution – Now for the biggest challenge, 30 pages of the toughest rudiments in drumming

Do you want to challenge yourself and take your drumming to the next level? Together, the book & audio tracks work as a powerful tool of self-improvement to help you discover the talent within.

Regular price $84.98

Special Price ONLY $43.99 ( that’s a saving of almost 50%)

Get Your Copy Today

Take YOUR pipe band drumming to the next level!

That’s right – You can now challenge yourself with the more advanced Volume 2 book of Pipe Band Drumming.  James Laughlin has just released the second volume, following on from the Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Volume 1 (for learners).

The core of the book is based on structured step-by-step development of the three key skills required to improve your drumming. RHYTHM, PHRASING and TECHNIQUE. In addition to the book, you can use the accompanying audio tracks to enhance your learning experience.

What have drummers been saying about the Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Volume 2?

“Hey James, I just wanted to let you know I got your new book and am loving it.” – Andrew Hoinacki, Top Grade 1 Scottish Drummer.

“Check out James Laughlin’s new book!! I was lucky to see it it before release which means I’ve got a jump on all of you! haha Great mental work out for advanced drummers and has really lit a fire under my score writing. What a great tool! Thanks, James! ” – Glenn Kvidahl, Leading Drummer with the LA Scots Pipe Band.

Check out more information about the book, and the AUDIO TRACKS!

You can get your copy here!