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The following top-quality piping and drumming-related publications have used CelticPipes to assist in their production.

Side Drum Tutor Book GHB Tutor (DVD)

Side Drum Tutor Book

The Book
Guide to Snare Drumming   James Laughlin's Guide to Snare Drumming - The Essentials Volume One

must-have for all pipe band drummers. Contains 65 pages of detailed instructions from beginner to intermediate level.

Includes a 43 track CDROM with high quality mp3.

Full details can be found here.

The Author

James Laughlin, a professional side drummer and highly sought-after instructor, has been drumming since the age of 10. He started at his local primary school in Northern Ireland and joined the Monkstown-Mossley Pipe Band. Within four years of starting his drumming career he won the World Solo Juvenile drumming championship on two occasions, 2000 and 2001.

He moved to Canada in 2004 to play with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. He has enjoyed many successes with the band including three  World Drum Corps titles (2004, 2008 and 2009) and also two World Pipe Band Championships in 2008 & 2009.

His teaching resume is very diverse, international and of a very high standard. James' students range from 7-70 and from Beginner to Professional. He is chief drumming instructor at the St Andrews College in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

James’ recent solo successes include winning the British Columbia Pro Drumming Aggregate 2007, and making the semi-finals at the Adult World Solo Drumming Championships.

James has established a World-Class resource for Pipe Band Drumming Lessons Online. Come2Drum has grew rapidly since its beginnings and has many successful students enjoying someof the world's finest drumming tuition via Skype. He welcomes new students at this time.

James also operates Laughlin's Pipes N Drumz, a supply company that offers pipe band drumming supplies and Highland dancing outfits.


(The Millennium Method)


The Millenium Method The Millennium Method encourages students to beat time with the assistance of clearly marked 'foot prints' for exercises and tunes as well having either the simple or compound rhythm markers clearly displayed allowing students to gain a thorough knowledge of rhythmical patterns and the timing for a variety of tunes.
  • A concise and easy to follow method for learning the Great Highland Bagpipe.
  • Possibly the most concise rhythmical method for learning the Great Highland Bagpipe ever produced.
  • A 25 step programme which may see students playing several tunes inside of 6 months.
  • This CD tutor allows students to print their own practice booklet of over 250 tutorial pages.
  • There are over 325 individual exercise and 325 individual video reference files.
  • Over 30,000 words clearly explaining the methods that will see students progressing faster than they thought possible.

The Author

Barry Gray is the administrator at The Sydney School of Piping and Drumming.

With over 30 years experience playing the bagpipes and having competed as a guest piper in Scotland with the World Famous Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band under Pipe Major R.T.Shepherd (in 1986) and Pipe Major Davy Barnes (in 1994) New Zealand Police Pipe Band under Pipe major Iain Robertson (in 2008) and the Fife Constabulary under Pipe Major James Murray (in 2009). He has also led the Australian band, The City of Blacktown in competition in Scotland in 1992, 1995, 1998 and 2006.

Barry has been the NSW Open Solo Champion on numerous occasions and competed in solo competitions in Scotland and in Lorient France as an Australian representative at the World Invitational MacCallum Contest in 1999. He is now a sought after recitalist and instructor throughout Australia and Asia.

He has been a past Director of the NSWPBA Ltd, Vice Principle of Piping for the APBA NSW Branch and a Vice Chairman of the APBA NSW Branch.

(Last updated 15th Mar 2010)