The Drummer's Companion

Bruce in studio may 2017
Bruce in studio may 2017 2

The Drummer's Companion is the first library of pipe tune recordings made specifically for drummers performed by world champion piper Bruce Gandy.  Bruce is known throughout the world as a gifted solo piper and has won countless awards across North America and Scotland. Bruce  is also highly respected as a band player having won the World Pipe Band Championships with the 78th Fraser Highlanders in 1987.  Because of both his solo and band experience, Bruce was the  ideal choice to record tunes for drummers. Besides being incredibly musical, his recordings achieve the perfect balance of expression and groove and are a valuable tool for any competition snare drummer.

The idea behind The Drummer's Companion is that drummers need to get used to playing with a pipe tune that is expressed properly. Because the nature of the bagpipe does not allow changes in dynamics, pipers express their music by holding certain notes (giving them extra weight) all the while maintaining the tempo and groove of the tune. The best solo drummers are able to match this "ebb and flow" and are able to express the music exactly with the piping. You will notice this expression in all of Bruce's tracks.

Some of Bruce's tracks are recorded faster than standard MSR tempos. Because of this, I offer a "tempo adjustment service" included with the price of the download. Simply email me your download, request a certain tempo (e.g. 72 beats per minute) and I'll email you the track played at that exact tempo.

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  1. 1 The Argyllshire Gathering - 2/4 March 01:51
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  2. 2 Balmoral Highlanders - 2/4 March 02:36
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  3. 3 Brigadier General Cheape of Tiroran - 2/4 March 01:48
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  4. 4 Colin Thomson - 2/4 March 01:51
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  5. 5 Donald Cameron - 2/4 March 02:39
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  6. 6 Highland Wedding - 2/4 March 02:36
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  7. 7 Hugh Kennedy - 2/4 March 01:50
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  8. 8 Lord Alexander Kennedy - 2/4 March 02:37
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  9. 9 Pipe Major Willie Gray's Farewell to the Glasgow Police - 2/4 March 01:50
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  10. 10 The Royal Scottish Pipers Society - 2/4 March 01:47
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  11. 11 Blair Drummond - Strathspey 01:43
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  12. 12 Dornie Ferry - Strathspey 01:12
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  13. 13 The Ewe Wi' the Crookit Horn - Strathspey 01:12
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  14. 14 Islay Ball - Strathspey 01:13
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  15. 15 John Roy Stewart - Strathspey 01:10
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  16. 16 Maggie Cameron - Strathspey 01:14
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  17. 17 Brown Haired Maid - Reel 01:18
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  18. 18 Dolina MacKay - Reel 00:55
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  19. 19 Loch Carron - Reel 01:19
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  20. 20 McAllister's Dirk - Reel 01:17
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