10 Questions With . . . St. Laurence O’Toole Leading-Drummer Stephen Creighton

Published: February 28, 2011

The current holder of the world’s greatest prize in pipe band drumming and the Lead-Drummer of the 2010 World Champions St. Laurence O’Toole, answers 10 questions from pipes|drums on his band, his music, his Pipe-Major and even how the Irish economy is has impacted the way they do their musical business. Stephen Creighton sheds his enlightening views on the rudiments for making a great pipe band and drum section click.

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TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers should avoid memorizing their music until the tune can be played from start to finish, fluidly, without error and at full speed. Once you memorize your music, it will become your reference every time you play. If your memory of the music has flaws in it, through repetition, you will permanently cement these flaws in your playing. Memorization is similar to the wood stain that would be added when building a bookcase – it would be the final touch to a finished product.
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