The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band – Alive in America

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Last week I shared my thoughts on a pipe band CD that inspired me, this week I want to share another that continues to inspire my passion for pipe band drumming.

The Simon Fraser University (SFU) Pipe Band from Vancouver, Canada, have set many new benchmarks for pipe band performances in the last twenty years.  Each CD they release highlights their musical innovation from a piping and drumming standpoint.

As a young pipe band drummer, I recall listening to the Alive in America CD on repeat.  The Stars and Stripes CD cover gave me the impression that the SFU pipe band had a glitzy and glam appeal – and that they did!

One of the great things about this CD is the raw sound, unaltered and un-edited. What you hear, is what was played. The music is simply outstanding with lots of drive and passion.  Reid Maxwell got the most magnificent sound out of the Premier Percussion HTS Snare drums, they really complimented to the overall band sound. A snare response to die for.

There are only a small handful of CD’s that I frequently enjoy listening to, as a form of inspiration. Alive in America has so many great highlights for me.

1) The Callum Hannah composition, the Big Wee Man Drum salute is fantastic – with lots of dynamic touches and phenomenal execution.  The drum kit jazz groove is particularly groovy.

2) Andrew and Colin Lee – this hornpipe is sublime : a drummers dream. It’s a technically challenging tune but epic all the same. Considering the concert was recorded in Chicago, it was very fitting that the band played the “Windy City” to follow Andrew and Colin Lee.

3) Blackie MacLeod.  This hornpipe has evolved into a signature SFU pipe band tune. SFU is renowned for finishing concerts with Blackie, and also walking off after the Worlds! Again, a technically challenging tune – but one of Reid Maxwell’s finest scores.

If you haven’t got this CD, get onto iTunes and download it. It will be sure to put a smile on your face. It’s a pipe band classic – and one that everyone should enjoy.  The modern-day crowds are pretty tame in comparison – the Gateway Theatre erupts in cheering and applause during many of the tracks. 

Thanks to the SFU Pipe Band for this great recording.

 

 

Win a Premier HTS 800 Scottish Snare Drum – Silver Sparkle.

Have you ever wanted to own your own Scottish Snare drum? Have you ever wanted to have a really flash-looking solo drum?  Well now is your chance.

Come2Drum.com is offering you the chance to win the drum pictured below, it is a Silver Sparkle Premier Percussion HTS 800 Snare Drum. It has diamond chrome metalwork, with some of the best features a drum can have.

Come2Drum is putting all of its Studio members into the prize draw, to be drawn in January.  So if you sign up for a one year membership (only $99 NZD), you will get access to professional Scottish Drumming Instruction Videos, Scottish Drumming Audio Lessons, The Complete Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Collection, Scottish Drumming music AND the chance to win this beautiful Snare Drum.

Check out the website to find out more, or get your membership today and be in to win!

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J

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The past few months in the pipe band world….

I thought I might give you guys a wee insight to the past few months, and some of the exciting things that have been going on!

August – I went to Scotland for the World Pipe Band Championships and also attended a few other highland games whilst I was there.  Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band, the band I am part of, ventured on the long journey to Scotland for a second year running.

September – Drumming Workshops in Noosa and Canberra were on the cards in September, alongside Jim Kilpatrick, Tyler Fry, Jori Chisholm and many others!

October – I am the luckiest man on earth, as I married Lisa Campbell.

Currently I am in Scotland, rehearsing for the World Solo drumming championships this Saturday.  It will be great to play a tune or two and also catch up with all of my pipe band drumming buddies….

Check out the pipe band drumming Book series!!!!

 

 

Pipe Band Drumming Workshop

Well, it happened again….only it was even bigger and better than ever.

The Canberra College of Piping and Drumming hosted their annual Workshop for bagpipers and drummers. This special event brought in players from all over Australia, U.K and New Zealand. The Worlds top piping and drumming experts offered their advice, skills and knowledge.

The teaching line-up included Jim Kilpatrick, Tyler Fry, Jori Chisholm, Greg Wilson, Stuart Liddell, James Laughlin, Brenton Earl, Richard Hawke, Grant Cassidy and Ken Maltman.

Pipe Band drumming lessons were offered to students of all levels.  People arrived, wanting to know how to play the Scottish drums, and they left with all the skills and ability to play the pipe band drum!

What topics were covered at the pipe band drumming workshop ?

Drum Rolls

Paradiddle Development

Rhythmic Exercises

Playing drum scores

And way more!

James Laughlin released his new book, Learn Pipe Band Drumming Volume 2, at the Canberra piping and drumming workshop. You can get your hands on a copy here.  If you are just starting to learn pipe band drumming, then James Laughlins Guide to Pipe Band Drumming Volume 1 would be the best option for you!

Don’t forget to check out the C2D Studio – the worlds first and only digital scottish drumming studio.

Learn More About Scottish Drums

Many people often ask “what is the difference between the snare drum, the big drum and the other drum!?”.  Well, each of the drums within the pipe band has a unique role and function.

The Scottish Side Drum ( also known as the scottish snare drum, the high tension side drum or the pipe band snare) is the high-pitched drum with a very high-tension system.  The top head is made of Kevlar (Remo Cyber max and the Andante Core Tec are the two main brands) and the bottom head is made of mylar(Remo Ambassador is the main brand).  The key drum manufacturers are Andante Percussion, Pearl and Premier. They all make a great drum but they all offer different benefits. 

The Scottish Tenor Drum is a much lower and richer sounding drum than the side drum. It is also played with different mallets (the TyFry Tenor Mallet is the most commonly played mallet universally) that produce a much softer and more subtle sound.  Tenor drummers also create a very cool visual effect by flourishing or “twirling” the sticks. Check out this video to see for yourself.  Both the top and bottom head are made from mylar (Remo PowerMax and Aquarian Hosbilt are the main brands).

The Scottish Bass Drum – this is a much larger (usually 28″ by 16″) drum and produces a very rich and deep sound in comparison to the other drums.  Again, this drum is played with a mallet – much softer than the side drum sticks.  The Bass drum is considered the “heart-beat” of the band. Both heads are also made of mylar and are often decorated with logos.  Hosbilt, Andante, Pearl and Premier all manufacture quality bass drums.

To find out more about pipe band drumming please contact james@come2drum.com or visit www.come2drum.com 

There are also some learning options for those of you who would like to learn Scottish Drumming.  You can download the “Guide to Pipe Band Snare Drumming” instantly from www.come2drum.com

So what is available to those who want to learn more about Scottish drumming?

Learn Pipe Band Drumming Book and MP3′s – Available as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD or a hard copy book. The perfect start for any snare drummer. Whether you are an absolute beginner, an intermediate player trying to improve the basics, or a drummer with a different background dabbling in scottish drumming for the first time, this 65 page e-book and 43 track MP3 accompaniment outlines snare drumming from the very basics of learning how to hold the stick, understanding basic theory, developing basic rhythms, mastering the essential rudiments and learning your first drum settings.

Scottish Drum Scores to Download –

The collection of pipe band drum scores are all composed by James Laughlin.  James focusses strongly on the ensemble aspect of composition, all drum scores match and enhance the bagpipe melody to offer the listener a balance of excitement and swing. Click on your favourite pipe band drum score and have it instantly in your inbox with a clearly written drum score, and a high quality recording!

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Online Pipe Band Drumming Lessons – Scottish drumming lessons available to anyone in the World who wants to enjoy quality tuition from a World Champion drummer.   The drumming lessons are performed over Skype with web cam and mic – the results have been amazing!

You can also check out the following Youtube, Twitter and Facebook pages to keep you informed with information about Scottish drumming and the Pipe Band scene :

C2D Scottish Drumming Facebook Page

C2D Scottish Drumming Youtube Channel

C2D Scottish Drumming Twitter Page

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