Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

Queen's University Queen's University
Search Type


Sat, Apr 28, 20189:00 am
Doors open
The Isabel – Studio Theatre
Other Performances
  • [Photo of Kyle Heaney}
    Kyle Heaney
  • [First Capital Highland Gathering Event Logo]
  • [Kingston Police Pipe Band Logo]

Highland Tenor & Bass Drumming Workshop – All Levels

A full day workshop geared towards all levels of Tenor and Bass drummers from beginner to advanced. A drum and sticks/mallets 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: Kyle Heaney
DEVELOP YOUR PLAYING: Focus on rudiments and stick control. Develop your playing within a midsection. Big arms, arm movements, and time playing. How does theory affect playing and understanding?
Session 2: Kyle Heaney
DEVELOP NEW FLOURISHES: New theory: There are only spins and stops. Linear flourishes - trying new angles to get the most out of your repertoire. Independent flourishing.
1 Hour Break
Session 3: Kyle Heaney
READING, WRITING & ARITHMETIC: Reading vs. site reading. Understanding music theory as it applies to tenor drummers. Creating coherent scores.
Session 4: Kyle Heaney
TOTAL MIDSECTION ORCHESTRATION: How to put together all elements of a midsection score for band use. Voicing - melody and harmony. Chord structure and progression. Adding flourishes and arm movements.
Kyle Heaney:
Kyle started playing the tenor drum in 2000, shortly after turning 13, but he has fostered a love for pipe bands for as long as he can remember. Growing up hearing stories about pipe bands during the war, Kyle always knew that he would end up playing the tenor drum like his grandfather before him. At 13, Kyle joined his first band with the Royal Canadian Army Cadets and would continue playing with the cadets as well as military and legion bands for the next 6 years.
In 2006, Kyle joined his first competition band, Strathnaver. After a successful season with them, Kyle made the move to grade 1, joining the 78th Fraser Highlanders with whom he would win the 2007 Best Drum Corps and Best Bass Section prizes at the World Pipe Band Championships, and the band coming in fourth overall.
In 2009, Kyle joined the Peel Regional Police Pipe Band under lead drummer Graham Brown. After 4 successful years which saw Kyle develop as a player, leader, and instructor, Kyle would join the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band for the 2013 season. During his time with the band, he was fortunate to be a part of 15 major championship wins for the band including three World Championships and a Grand Slam – winning every major championship in a single season – and four additional drumming championships, including his second World Championship.
Kyle has also seen success in solo competition, winning the Canadian, United States, and North American Championships multiple times over. In 2011, he won the MHAF Gold Medal for Professional Tenor drumming, and also won the inaugural Agnew-Harrison Invitational Tenor Drumming Championship.
After the 2016 season, Kyle decided to step back from FMM and rejoin the North American competition circuit, joining the St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band from Houston, TX with whom he enjoyed a 3rd place finish at the 2017 World Pipe Band Championships in grade 2.