Published: August 09, 2015

Pipes+Drums a must-attend at noon Tuesday

Pipes+Drums is a rare chance to hear some of the world’s best pipe band snare drummers performing with some of the world’s best pipers, as the pipes|drums Magazine-sponsored recital returns to this year’s Piping Live! Festival on Tuesday, August 11th, starting at noon.

Free to all who wish to attend, compliments of pipes|drums, the two-hour event showcases pipe-majors and leading-drummers from the world’s best bands in a rare opportunity to hear these virtuoso players show their chops in an informal setting.

From noon until 2 pm, at the Street Café in front of the National Piping Centre, listeners will hear:

  • ScottishPower – Pipe-Major Chris Armstrong and Leading-Drummer Jake Joergensen
  • Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia – Pipe-Major Ryan Canning and Leading-Drummer Jim Kilpatrick
  • Simon Fraser University – Pipe-Major Alan Bevan and Leading-Drummer Reid Maxwell
  • Stuart Highlanders – Pipe-Major Adam Holdaway and Leading-Drummer Scott Fletcher

“Pipes+Drums might be the best non-competition display of pipe band snare drumming in the world,” said Andrew Berthoff, editor of the non-profit pipes|drums. “The recital has become one of the most popular at Piping Live!, and it’s absolutely free to all who wish to attend.”

Steven McWhirter and Stuart Liddell of Inverarary & District perform at the 2013 edition of Pipes+Drums.

The 2015 Pipes+Drums features Shotts & Dykehead, SFU and Stuart Highlanders for the first time, while Armstrong and Joergensen return to the event. Joergensen previously performed as Leading-Drummer of the now-defunct Lothian & Borders Police.

Kilpatrick and Maxwell are legends in pipe band drumming history, having led their corps to scores of World Pipe Band Drumming titles over the last 30 years. The Stuart Highlanders emerged in 2014 as rising stars in Grade 1, and are one of only two US-based bands in the top grade.

Each duet will play for about 25 minutes, including at least one competition MSR.

pipes|drums readers can enjoy video from the previous Pipes+Drums events on the pipes|drums Magazine YouTube Channel.

We hope to see you there!

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