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About James

jl75.jpgJames Laughlin, a World Champion Pipe Band snare drummer and highly sought-after instructor, has been drumming for over twenty years. He started at his local primary school in Northern Ireland and joined the Monkstown-Mossley Pipe Band. Within four years of starting his pipe band drumming career he was the World Solo Juvenile drumming champion on two occasions, 2000 and 2001.

He moved to Canada in 2004 to play with the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band where he enjoyed many successes, including three World Drum Corps titles and two World Pipe Band Championship titles.

His teaching resume is diverse, international and of a very high standard. James' students range from ages 7 to 70 and from beginner to professional. He is chief drumming instructor at the prestigious St Andrews College in Christchurch, New Zealand.  His students at St. Andrews College were World Pipe Band Drumming Champions in the Juvenile grade, the very first band from New Zealand to achieve this title. James was also appointed as the Director of drumming for the New Zealand National Youth Pipe Band and is the principal snare drum instructor for the University of Otago piping and drumming program.

James has been teaching individual pipe band drumming students since his early-teens, and has enjoyed the experience of teaching at the famous Piping Hot Summer Drummer School, 2009 being his sixth year on the teaching faculty. James has been fortunate to have taught at some of the most distinguished piping and drumming schools in the world. These include PHSD, the New Zealand National Summer School, the Summer Thunder Down Under Tour, the South West Coast Piper Drummer, the Canberra Workshop and the SFU summer school.

Some of James’ solo successes include winning the British Columbia Pro Drumming Aggregate, and placing 7th at the semi-finals of the Adult World Solo Drumming Championships.  James now resides in Christchurch, New Zealand and was the Leading Drummer with the Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band, the Grade 1 New Zealand National Champion Pipe Band and Drum Corps Champion of Champions - 2017 being the 6th consecutive title win. James also led the Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band drum corps in the Final of the World Pipe Band Championships on several occasions.

Check out some video's of James drumming.





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