More drum scores added to the Library

My large compilation of drum scores has just gotten a little larger. I have added another 20 compositions to my library and will continue to add further scores in the New Year. Come on over and check out the scores.

Newest scores added this month include :

King George V’s Army

Colonel McLeod

The Hills of Argyll

The High Road to Linton

Mrs MacLeod of Raasay

Rocking the Baby

The Caledonian Canal

The Pikemans March

The Crusaders March

Pay the Piper

Mozart on the Rampage

Captain Horne

Molly Connell

The Old Rustic Bridge

The Dunkirk Boatmen

The Campbelltown Kiltie Ball

Hag at the Churn


Maids of the Black Glen

The Famous Ballymote

Electric Chopsticks


I hope you enjoy the scores.



Pipe Band Drumming – do we ever stop learning …

Pipe band drumming workshops and scottish drumming clinics are always a great source of inspiration for the attendees AND the instructors.  I have been fortunate enough to have been on both sides of the table.  I recall as a young pipe band drummer going along to scottish drumming schools or clinics.  It was the most amazing opportunity for me to pick the brains of the tutors and learn what I could to improve my playing.

As a young pipe band snare drummer, I didn’t have the most refined technique – in fact it was pretty average (actually it wasn’t pretty at all!!) and instead, I focussed on the pipe band drum scores.  At those initial workshops, I would simply want to collect as many scores as possible and play through Hornpipes, Jigs and Reels.  Little did I realise, that to get better at the “fun” stuff, I had to improve my technique.

What is technique? Well, it’s simple really.  It’s how you hold your scottish snare drum sticks, the position of them and the balance.  And it’s also how you propel and catch each and every stroke.  It sounds like something you can cover in a 30 minute session drumming lesson but in fact it’s something that pipe band drummers must continually work at.

I recall sitting down with pipe band drumming legend, Jim Kilpatrick, three years ago.  It was the very first time I had sat one-on-one with him and it was enlightening.  Within minutes I was fully aware that I was gripping the sticks too tightly, working too hard and generally being too tense.  Jim, in his relaxed and professional teaching approach, showed me some fantastic scottish drumming technique exercises.  He made it all look so simple.  I found it very difficult!  I have shared this story before, and many people have responded – “But you have won the world pipe band championships several times before, why change what you are doing?!”.  Well, simply – I want to learn and I want to improve.

All musicians (including bagpipers and scottish drummers) should be on a mission to constantly improve.  Once you lose your appetite to learn – you may as well give up.  This past weekend in New Zealand, Jim Kilpatrick taught at the World Masters Workshop for bagpipers and pipe band drummers.  I had the fortune to sit in on one of his technique classes.  I felt my technique was more relaxed and fluid than our session a few years ago. However, I also realised how far I have to go and Jim was able to challenge me on other areas – including mental strength whilst playing.  He also admitted to the class that he is on a relentless journey to learn and improve his technique and understanding of pipe band drumming.

My greatest joy in pipe band drumming is not competing.  It is teaching. Teaching pipe band drumming to enthusiastic students is the most rewarding part of my career.  For all you pipe band drummers out there who teach, I hope you are still passionate about learning – that way, you will be sure to pass on a solid and rounded approach to your pipe band drumming students.

The journey of learning pipe band drumming continues for me … almost 20 years on!

Do you want to learn pipe band drumming? Check out the Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Books.

Pipe Band Drumming Lessons – Learning Effectively


Premier HTS 800 Pipe Band Drum

Pipe Band Drumming has evolved substantially in the last 10 years.  Through the power of the internet, people are able to access a plethora of pipe band drumming lessons, music and videos.  Scottish drumming “experts” have been popping up all over the place, as well as a few imposter’s.  Like anything nowadays, it’s easy to be misled on the internet – with individuals pretending they are something they are not.  I want to help you find the best possible pipe band drumming instruction so that you don’t waste your hard-earned money or time!

1) Do your research for a qualified pipe band drumming teacher. You can easily find out a lot about a pipe band drummer through a few google searches.

2)  Look at the pipe band drummer’s reputation. Are they a qualified instructor? Have they produced any good results with their students? Are they a successful performer themselves?

3) Don’t settle for less.  You can pay $40+ for a mediocre pipe band drumming instructor, or you can pay an extra $10 or $20 and get World-Class Scottish drumming lessons.  Many pipe band drummers simply attend band practice and hope to learn effectively.  In reality, it’s sometimes difficult to receive one-on-one quality tuition in a group environment.

4) Don’t be afraid to shop around. Perhaps try a few different scottish drumming instructors until you find someone who works for you. 

5) Buy yourself some great pipe band drumming sticks and a reasonable drum practice pad. You don’t need to spend a fortune, but do make sure you get a quality snare drum stick and practice pad. Check out some options for your pipe band drumming equipment here.

6) If you can’t find an instructor locally then look for a Pipe Band Drumming Tutor who teaches via Skype.  Whether you live in Glasgow, Belfast, Sydney, Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Cape Town or Dublin – you can get great pipe band drumming instruction via Skype.

7) Give yourself a good head start with pipe band drumming by investing in a good pipe band drumming book or tutor manual. There are a few fantastic Pipe Band Drumming books available including the Guide to Pipe Band Drumming and the Alex Duthart Book. Both books are internationally renowned and Best-Sellers in the pipe band drumming market for Scottish drumming students.

Another thing to consider : There are a small handful of qualified World Champion Pipe Band drummers teaching Scottish drumming via Skype. Not too many musicians can get drumming instruction from World Champions on their chosen instrument. Take Advantage!

If you want more information on Pipe Band Drumming – be sure to check out the internet’s Premier Resource for Pipe Band Drumming and Scottish Drumming Lessons –


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!




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What’s on offer?


Scottish Drumming Instruction Videos

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Scottish Drumming Books

Pipe Band Drumming Music


Pipe Band Drumming Video Lessons – 50% OFF!

Don’t miss out on the Christmas & New Year Special Deal on all Pipe Band Drumming Video Lessons.

You can now get your hands on the Scottish Drumming Video Lessons with a whopping 50% discount! Get in quick and download your lessons today. The offer is only valid this Christmas and New Year.

Each pipe band drumming lesson is only $1.99 for the next seven days.

Check it out

Merry Christmas!


James Laughlin

Pipe Band Results from New Zealand

Palmerston North hosted another fantastic pipe band competition this past weekend. Bands from all over New Zealand (and one from OZ) – travelled to Palmy to compete for the title.

The Manawatu band won the Grade 1 event overall.  The Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band from Christchurch won the Grade 1 Medley and took 2nd place overall in the contest. Auckland and District Pipe Band, former National Champions, took third place.

The Canterbury Caledonian drum corps proudly played on their Premier HTS 800 Snare drums. Canterbury recently became the first  New Zealand pipe band to receive a drum endorsement from World famous Premier Percussion.


Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band Drum Corps.


Well done to everyone involved!




James Laughlin


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

Learn Scottish Drumming

It has never been easier to learn the art of Scottish drumming.  You can now get your hands on the  “How-To” Guide to Scottish Drumming, available for instant download in e-book format.


That’s right, you can pick up all of the essential drumming skills you will need to master the basics of Scottish drumming.  Come2Drum is the Worlds leading online educator for Scottish drumming. Check out the E-Books, Video Lessons, Skype lessons & more at


Go to COME2DRUM and check out :

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Good luck on your journey of musical fulfilment!

Make sure and “tap” into your potential.