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Date: Friday, 3rd June 2016
Contributor: Pat Whelan - Education Officer

RSPBA Summer School - Pipers, Drummers and Drum Majors


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Application for entry to the RSPBA's 2016 Summer School Monday 1st until Friday 5th August 2016

Following the success of our Summer Schools in 2014 and 2015, The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association is pleased to announce the dates for Summer School 2016.

Summer School 2016 will take place in Glasgow Gaelic School, 147 Berkeley St, Glasgow G3 7HP. This is a fantastic venue that we used last year and was well liked by both tutors and students.

The theme for this year's Summer School will be LAUNCH PAD. We hope that students will use the Summer School as a platform from which they will find great success in their determination to become top-level pipers and drummers. The Summer School will focus on raising standards in playing ability, increasing knowledge and improving performance in the arena.

LAUNCH PAD is aimed at both young people and adults. Last year we had a small group of interested adults who wanted to improve their playing skills. That opportunity will be available again this year.

A great addition to our programme this year, is the inclusion of Drum Majors in the summer school, for the first time. Over the course of the 3 days we will cover all aspects of Drum Majoring. The course will suit all levels of Drum Majors from those aspiring to be a Drum Major, to those currently competing and who would like to further enhance their skills. The Drum Majors programme will run from Wed. 3rd until Friday 5th. August

The inputs will be structured around the Drum Majors manual which is available to view by clicking here.

Over the next few months, regular updates will be provided to advise you of the make-up of the piping and drumming teaching teams.

Please complete the attached registration form to reserve a place for the LAUNCH PAD Summer School 2016

If you require further information, please contact Pat Whelan, Education Officer on 0141 221 5414 or via our contact form

Course Registration Information:

  • Designed for pipers and drummers aged over 10
  • Dates are Monday 1st August through Friday 5th August
  • Course will be held at Glasgow Gaelic School, Berkeley Street, Glasgow
  • Course costs for Pipers and Drummers will be £180.00 for the 5 days.
  • Course costs for Drum Majors will be £120.00 for the 3 days.
  • Course costs will be payable before the course commences, and can be paid by secure credit / debit card or cheque


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