Piping and Drumming Instruction

We excel at teaching students of all levels at PHSD. Whether you are a beginner, a professional, or any level in between, we will make this a valuable learning experience for you. You will receive over six hours of formal instruction each day in classes structured according to your experience and interest. Our classes are focused on you, and what you are most interested in learning. For those people especially interested in Piobaireachd, we have specialized instruction available from Jack Lee, Stuart Liddell, Donald Lindsay, Alan Bevan and others.

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Individual Instruction

While at PHSD, you will be able to work on solo competition tunes and scores, learning new tunes or steps, or just getting advice on any aspect of your piping, drumming or dancing. There are spots available each day for private lessons with our instructors. Pipers also get the chance to be “adjudicated” each day in a fun, relaxed setting.

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Recitals and Ceilidhs

Tickets to the Instructor Recitals are part of the student package for each week, and you’ll experience some of the world’s premier, prize-winning soloists on pipes and drums, a World champion Highland dancer, and six-time World Champions, SFU Pipe Band. On Thursday night, it’s your turn! The student ceilidh is always a highlight of the school. This is followed by the incredible “after-hours” ceilidh, which you definitely don’t want to miss.

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Massed Band and Dance Finale

PHSD students march through Silver Star Mountain Village in a spectacular massed band to provide a fitting end to each week, and they are joined by the Highland dancers for a performance that is enjoyed by everyone on the mountain, and for miles around!


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Advanced Piping & Drumming

We have a challenging program to meet the needs of Grade 1 amateur or new professional players on bagpipes or snare drum. PHSD offers an intensive, performance-oriented program that will refine your playing ability and build your knowledge. Be sure to indicate “advanced program” on the registration form.

Scottish Qualifications Authority

Piping Hot Summer Drummer offers instruction and examinations for Scottish Qualifications Authority certificates (for Pipers, Drummers AND Dancers). These can be taken along with your regular course of instruction, and are recognized by many Canadian provinces and US states.

CLICK HERE for details on the certificates.


Band Sessions

A portion of each day is devoted to small-group or full-band practice. Bands of all sizes are encouraged to participate. Daily band practices are in addition to the exceptional daily instruction that you will receive privately and in small groups. 

“Register nine from the same pipe band and the 10th person attends for free!”

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Bass Drumming

Bass drumming is offered as part-time program in Week One and a full-time program in Week Two. Just let us know what your bass drumming plans are.

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