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Old 10-31-2017, 04:31 PM   #11
Green Piper
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A follow-up to my 10 year old, being advised from elementary school percussion for orchestra or band.

The percussion teacher said he'd be bored. After all, in elementary school it's about very basic learning and my kid made a very decent showing in grade 4 snare to the extent that we nearly had him move to grade 3. The teacher suggested that if he remained interested, he could pick up orchestra or percussion later without much difficulty.

My kid was kind of pleased as he decided to take up cello for orchestra and keep his drumming for the excellent time he has with the Colorado Youth Pipe Band and events such as Winter Storm!

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Old 11-01-2017, 09:13 PM   #12
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I'm a piper, and as you'd expect, I know a lot of side drummers. I've always admired the work that dedicated drummers put into rudiments, and repetitive practice. We as pipers learn our doublings and birls, our melodies and our tuning - but drummers pound their rudiments. They simply have to - it's essential to their craft. I've dabbled with a set of sticks and pad from time to time. The skill that drummers have amazes me, especially when you watch this piper try to play the side or spin a set of tenor sticks. I know a couple of side drummers that have gone on to play in different type bands. One in particular is known to be a bit of a phenom in his current heavy metal band. I talked to him about it one day, and he attributed most of his success to highland drumming. The fact is, highland drummers "know their stuff", and their skills stand up to the best in the world, in any genre. This band "teacher", mentioned by the OP has a closed mind. His loss.

There's only nine notes ... how hard can it be?
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Old 11-03-2017, 12:38 PM   #13
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It is discrimination.
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