Snare Instructors

  • Blair Brown

    Blair began drumming in 1992 under the instruction of Doug Stronach. He joined the Milton Optimist Juvenile Pipe Band, founded and led by his mother Gail. The band went on to win two World Championships: Juvenile in 1994 and Grade III in 1997. In 2000, he joined the 78th Fraser Highlanders under the leadership of Michael Hunter. During that time, he also returned to the Milton Optimist Pipe Band (renamed MacDonald Caledonia) as lead drummer. In the autumn of 2001, he realized a boyhood dream and joined the Shotts and Dykehead drum corps led by his drumming idol, Jim Kilpatrick MBE. Blair enjoyed many successes with Shotts. Highlights include winning the World Drum Corps Championships in 2002, 2003, and 2005, as well as the overall band title in 2003 and 2005. Blair returned to Shotts in the autumn of 2012 when his brother-in-law, Ryan Canning, was appointed Pipe Major. Before returning to Shotts, Blair spent two seasons playing under his brother, Graham, with the Peel Regional Police Pipe Band, and three seasons learning under J. Reid Maxwell with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from Vancouver, BC.

    Blair is one of the top solo drummers in the world today and is a consistent prize winner at the World Solo Drumming Championships.

    Blair is a sought after educator. He regularly conducts workshops and teaches at piping and drumming schools worldwide. He is a certified judge with the Pipers’ and Pipe Band Society of Ontario. He is currently based in Portland, OR. He commutes to Houston, Texas once a month where he is the Drumming Director at the world-renowned St. Thomas’ Episcopal School.

  • Doug Stronach is one of North America’s top pipe band players and educators. He is a World Junior Solo Snare Drum Champion, winner of the Scottish, British and European Championships, as well as multiple top-six World Championship finishes with bands both in Scotland and Canada. He was the leading drummer of the Toronto Police and Peel Regional Police Pipe Bands with two Grade 1 North American Drum Corps Awards. He recently retired from competition with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from Vancouver, BC.

    He has taught and played throughout the world including Canada, USA, South America, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sicily and the UK and has authored five books on Pipe Band Drumming including North America’s best selling tutor book.

    Doug is an accredited judge and holds the highest level of certificate in drumming from the combined Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, The Army School of Piping and Drumming, and the Institute of Piping, known collectively as the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board. He is a qualified Assessor for the RSPBA’s Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board exams. You can contact him directly through his contact page here.

  • Hugh Cameron

    Hugh Cameron has been a professional drumming instructor for over 30 years. He has taught throughout North America and has developed a thorough teaching method for drummers of all ages and abilities.

    He has over 20 years experience in grade 1 pipe bands as well as having won most solo drumming titles in Ontario including 3 consecutive Champion Supreme Awards for professional solo drumming.

    Hugh has achieved an advanced certificate in pipe band drumming from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. From 1974-1986, he was the student of the late Alex Duthart and later played under Alex’s son Drew in the Toronto Police Pipe Band. Hugh is a member of the Music Board for the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario.

Updated on Jun. 3, 2015 at 20:06 PM EDT