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, Callum Beaumont, Craig Sutherland and others.

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Individual Instruction

While at PHSD, you will be able to work on solo competition tunes and scores, learn new tunes or steps, or just get 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

During PHSD you get to experience some of the World’s premier, prize-winning soloists on pipes and drums, champion Highland dancers, and six-time World Champions, SFU Pipe Band. On Thursday night it’s the students’ turn to shine! The student ceilidh is always a highlight of the school and is followed by the legendary “PHSD After-Ceilidh” where the piping, drumming and dancing are simply amazing.

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Massed Band and Dance Finale

Each year students march through Silver Star Mountain Village and they are joined by the Highland dancers for a performance that is enjoyed by everyone on the mountain. It’s a spectacular and fun way to finish the school, in the midst of the mountain scenery and the colourful village.


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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!


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.


Bass Drumming

Come to PHSD and we will help bring your bass drumming to the next level.