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Sat, Apr 28, 20189:00 am
Doors open
The Isabel – Choral Rooms upstairs
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    Dan Bist
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    Doug Stronach

Highland Snare Drumming Workshop – Beginner & Intermediate

-A full day workshop with sessions from both of our snare drumming instructors. This workshop is geared towards beginner and intermediate highland snare drummers that are eligible to compete in Grades 5 and 4. A drum pad and sticks are required for these sessions. Each session is 1 hour 15 min in length with a 15 min break between sessions.  One $30 ticket gets you into all 4 sessions.
Session 1: Dan Bist
RHYTHMIC GRIDS: Introduction to Rhythmic Grids ending-in-4/2/C
Session 2: Dan Bist
RHYTHMIC GRIDS: Introduction to Rhythmic Grids ending-in-8
1 Hour Break
Session 3: Doug Stronach
THE FOUR MOVES OF DRUMMING: Exploring technique to improve your playing.
Session 4: Doug Stronach
THE FOUR STROKES OF DRUMMING: Exploring more technique to improve your playing.
Dan Bist:
Dan was born in Victoria, BC, Canada.  He has played snare drum for more than 35 years.  As a composer of scores for snare, voiced midsection and pipes, he brings playing experience on all pipe band instruments to his workshop sessions.  He is passionate about good ensemble!
Dan’s “official” instructors along the way have included his father Harvey Bist, Phil MacMillan of the Powell River Clansmen, Sheila Annan of Shotts and Dykehead / City of Victoria, and John Fisher.  Unofficially, he still learns something from every lead drummer, corps member, and pipe major he encounters.
Dan has performed and competed with bands at all grade levels during his playing career.  He was a member of the 2007 Grade 1 World Champion Drum Corps under lead drummer Drew Duthart, a member of the 2008 Grade 2 North American Champion Drum Corps under lead drummer Graham Kirkwood, and a solo finalist in the Gold Medal contest at MHAF Winter Storm in 2011.
In the 2009 competition season, Dan was tickled pink to achieve a personal "quadruple crown" of having competed on the field with a band as a piper, snare drummer, bass drummer and [finally] tenor drummer.
Dan is an active adjudicator with the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario (PPBSO) for both Drumming (since 2009) and Ensemble (since 2015), and was a member of the PPBSO Music Committee from 2011 to 2015.
Dan works as an IT Project Manager, and lives in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, with his wife Jenn.
Doug Stronach:
Doug 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 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 multiple Grade 1 North American Drum Corps Awards.  He recently retired from competition with the six-time World Champion 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 beginner 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 also a qualified assessor for the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board.