Bass Drumming Workshop Overview

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  • Basic mallet control & advanced techniques
  • Fundamental and advanced rudiments
  • What do Judges look for?
  • Playing with heart and dynamics
  • Taking ownership of time
  • Visual meter and motion
  • Marches in simple, duple, triple and quadruple time
  • Marches in compound time
  • The strathspey idiom
  • Roll development
  • Creating bass drum scores
  • Subdivisions
  • Rhythmic phrasing for the MSR
  • Rhythmic phrasing for light music: hornpipes – jigs round reels
  • Getting the best tone from your drum
  • Care and maintenance
General Workshop Overview:

  • Six workshop master class sessions over two days, January 13 & 14, 2024
    Free admission to the Saturday night Pipes & Drums Concert, January 13 , 2024
  • Free workshop T-shirt
  • Free admission to Winter Steam, the after-concert party. Souvenir pint glass is $30- enjoy unlimited refills. All are welcome, but must be 21 to consume alcohol. No exceptions.
  • Vendor booths and Manufacturer Representatives on-site. Talk with the experts. Check out the latest piping and drumming gear. Special Offers on-site.
  • Special rates at the Winter Storm hotels
  • Early registration is $220 if paid by December 31.
  • Online or onsite Registration paid after December 31 is $240.

The Winter Storm Workshop, Competitions, Concert, and Winter Steam Party will take place on the Winter Storm Campus.

See Event Schedule for Maps, Floor Plans, Times, Locations, etc.

What is more, the Winter Storm Competitions, to be held on Thursday and Friday have tremendous appeal to enthusiasts who enjoy the excitement of world-class piping and drumming contests, and are an excellent learning opportunity for students. The acclaimed Winter Storm Amateur and Professional piping and drumming contests attract many of the finest players in North America and the World. The contests will be held at the Winter Storm Hotel Complex. Spectator Tickets may be purchased on-line or at the door.

A curriculum matrix with classroom topics, times, locations, and instructor assignments will be available upon arrival, along with a packet containing a free Winter Storm Workshop T-shirt and name badge.


Registration Form


  • Short Sleeve T-shirt free with Workshop registration. Long Sleeve T-shirts will be available for sale on-site
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