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Indianapolis Bagpipe & Drumming Summer Schools


  • University of Indianapolis 1400 East Hanna Avenue Indianapolis, IN, 46227 United States (map)
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Balmoral’s Summer Music Program at UIndy

At the University of Indianapolis, from June 24-29, 2018, the Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming will run a weeklong summer music school for pipers and drummers of all ages. Beginners and accomplished musicians will immerse themselves in a week of music with some of the best pipers and pipe band drummers in the world.

Instructor Jimmy Bell, Professional grade piper, EUSPBA, SUSPBA judges panels, is director and principal instructor of the Scottish Heritage Program, is a past Pipe Major of Parlin and District Grade 1 Pipe Band and current Pipe Major of the Lyon College Pipe Band. 

Professional grade piper, Duncan Bell, judges panel EUSPBA, is Pipe Sergeant for Parlin and District. He is a founding member of Celtic Rock group 51 Ash, for which he plays guitar, and keyboards. 

“The instructors at our Indianapolis session are incredibly knowledgeable, are currently judging and performing, and are eager to help students get to the next level,” says George Balderose, Executive Director of Balmoral. “They bring to the UIndy summer session a keen ability to show others how to succeed in music.”

Drumming instructor, Gordon Bell, a EUSPBA Overall Champion from 1979-1987, has over 30 years experience instructing drummers. Bell is a veteran of many top Grade One Pipe Bands.

“At our Indianaoplis school, we’ll have classes, band work and even a fanfare to expand your skills!” says drumming instructor Gordon Bell. "So drummers, join us for an exciting week of learning and hard work. We may even convince a few pipers to join our ranks!”

In small classes of three or less, students, both individuals and pipe bands, will receive instruction on the Great Highland pipes, Scottish smallpipes, snare, tenor drum and bass drum, all while making friendships that last a lifetime. There will be a free instructors’ concert on Thursday evening.

Apply by May 15 to receive a $100 discount. Larger discounts available for multiple students from the same band.

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