Our School

The City of Rockford Pipe Band maintains an active school of Piping and Drumming under the direction of Pipe Major Lucas Greenlee and Pipe Sergeant Bob Gough. Lucas studied in our school and Bob completed his early piping tuition in 1968 under Pipe Major Samuel Bogle, Montgomery County Highlanders in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Instruction in the school of Pipes and Drums is supplemented by world class instruction from Adrian Melvin, City of Chicago Pipe Band, and by participation in workshops and camps supported by the band.The school is structured along traditional lines, at the heart of which is a system of one to one or small group instruction. All band members participate in the school as learners and instructors.
The majority of the members of the award winning City of Rockford Pipe Band are "graduates" of our School, and continue to grow as pipers and drummers through practice, performance experience, and competition.
Our school has been a part of Rock Valley College's Continuing Education Program since 2006. Classes are held at the Bell School Center - 3300 Bell School Road

School Information

Introduction to beginning Highland Bagpipe and Drumming for those (ages 12 and older) interested in learning Highland music and/or joining a pipe band. Course includes discussion and demonstration of traditional pipe band music, as well as small group instruction in playing bagpipes, snare, tenor and bass drums. The ability to read music is very helpful but not necessary. Piping students are required to provide a practice chanter and piping texts. Drumming students are required to provide a practice pad and sticks. Information on purchasing these items will be available in class, if needed.

Piping texts used:

Logan's Complete Tutor

Rhythmic Fingerwork

To register call 815-921-3900 or visit www.rockvalleycollege.edu