The Ups and Downs

The Blog for Pipe Band Drummers

The Ups and Downs: My Six Year Journey as a Lead Drummer

On August 2, 2019, the Dartmouth and District Pipe Band from Nova Scotia won the North American Pipe Band Championships in grade 4. I am fortunate to be the lead drummer. We won every judging category (1,1,1,1) against some very…

"REPS": Let's get real about repetition

The word "reps" is thrown around a lot in every pipe band. Every practice we hear...

 

"Get some reps in"

"We need to rep that some more"

"Don't forget to rep the second part"

 

What Does this Word Mean?

The…

Video Blog: How to Improve Your FOCUS

The word "focus" is thrown around a lot. I hear often hear it in rehearsal and even more often on competition days. What does it mean? Is it possible to practice focusing? If so, what does that look like?

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#pipebanddrumming

This week I'd like to discuss the subject of #hashtags. Hashtags are commonly used on Twitter to categorize posts so that others can follow those hashtags and comment, share and otherwise interact. They are incredibly useful! I use them all…

Backyard FAQ: How Do I Get My Rolls Faster?

Today marks the start of a new video series on PipeBandDrummer.com: Backyard FAQ. My plan is to answer frequently asked questions I receive from subscribers to PipeBandDrummer in video form and then post them on the YouTube channel for everyone's…

Five Long Minutes of Cut Fours (Slow)

Welcome to the fifth instalment of the "Five Long Minutes" blog post/video series: Five Long Minutes of Cut Fours!

When I was first taught to play a cut four (four stroke roll) there was a disconnect between the way…