Silicon Valley Pipe & Drum Workshop

November 10, 2017
Saratoga, CA, USA

In the heart of Silicon Valley, California, Stewart Tartan Pipes & Drums is hosting a workshop November 10 – 12, over the Veteran’s Day long weekend. Each piper and drummer attending will be challenged to improve their abilities and take their playing to the next level. Some of North America’s best pipers and drummers will be instructors for this packed weekend. Think of this as a weekend pipes & drums camp. Attendees are expected to bring their instrument as well as chanters and pads. Attendees participation is expected.

In addition to the workshops during the day there will be an Instructor Recital and Ceilidh. Thanks to our generous sponsors, the weekend will also include a raffle and giveaway.

Instructors for the weekend will be:

  • Bruce Gandy (Pipes)
  • Seumas Coyne (Pipes)
  • Ron “Ringo” Bowen (Pipes)
  • Blair Brown (Snare)
  • Ed Best (Snare)
  • Kristin Tillery (Tenor)

Example workshop topics:

  • Bagpipe Setup & Maintenance
  • How to get the best tone from your instrument
  • Solo Expression (Light Music & Piobaireachd classes)
  • How to play as one (unison and band playing)
  • Reed Manipulation
  • Arranging and Harmony Composition for Pipe Bands
  • How to Tune a Pipe Band
  • Playing in Band vs. Solos (Snare)
  • Dynamics and Phrasing (Snare)
  • Preparing for Competition (solo master class)
  • Drumming for Pipers

Location: Sacred Heart School; 13718 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

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