Allan Craig

Allan Craig is a Drum Teacher, Music Theory Educator and Performance Enhancement Specialist for Pipe Bands and  Drum Corps with over 35 years of experience in this field at the very top level. 

He regularly travels across Europe teaching bands on an individual basis delivering bespoke packages on pipe band performance and musical theory.

He has taught students in workshops all over Europe such as Homburg, Basle and has been an RSPBA visiting Instructor/Advisor for various Out-Reach programmes across the UK.

He is also the current Principle Drumming Instructor for the RSPBA Summer School held in Glasgow each year. 

He is now a full time Drumming Teacher for West Highland schools which includes Kyle of Lochalsh and the Isle of Skye. 

Until recently, he was Leading Drummer with the Grade One Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band for 12 years; where during his tenure with the band, he won every major drumming title in Grade Two; including two World Drumming Championships and Champion of Champions Drumming.

Allan started playing drums in Knightswood Juvenile Pipe Band at the age of 13 under the tuition of Stirling McMurchie of Strathclyde Police. 

During his pipe band career he has also played under various notable Leading Drummers incl. Joe Noble (British Caledonian Airways, Renfrew - Grade 1); Jim Kilpatrick (Polkemmet/Shotts - Grade 1); and John Scullion (Scottish Power - Grade 1).

He has also been Leading Drummer with many other bands incl. 100 Pipers Whisky (Grade 2) in which he won both the band and World Drumming Championships and Glasgow Skye (Grade 1) where he won most local drumming contests on a regular basis.

He was also prolific in the Solo circuit in both Juvenile and Adult sections and has won the West of Scotland Adult Solo Drumming Championship and has appeared in the World Adult Solo final in numerous occasions; with a 3rd place being his highest placed position overall.

He has been a Pipe Band Snare Drum Instructor for over 25 years, teaching a many drum corps throughout this time.

He has also taught bands all over Europe and the East Coast of the United States.

He is currently the Principle Drumming Instructor for the following bands:

  1. Crest of Gordon Pipe Band, Germany (3B)
  2. Corrivalum Pipe Band Holland (3B)
  3. The Pipes & Drums of Basle from Switzerland (4B)
  4. Scotch Watch Pipe Band, Switzerland (4B)
  5. Lionacleit School Pipe Band from Benbecula (Nov/Juv. B)
  6. Skye Youth Pipe Band (Nov/Juv. B)
  7. Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band (Nov/Juv. A)

He has also been a visiting instructor for Liberty High School (Novice Juvenile), from Pennsylvania, USA, Strathendrick Pipe Band (4B) and Dumbarton & District (Nov/Juv) who won the Novice Juvenile World Drumming Championship during his term there.

Allan holds both Pipe Band Studies 1&2 Certificates in Pipe Band Drumming (now the highest awards in the Pipe Band curriculum) and the SQA Pipe Band Drumming Certificate - Level 6.

He also holds the RSPBA Instructor and Teacher certificates (which are separate held qualifications).

He has also a fully qualified RSPBA Drumming Adjudicator and adjudicates in competitions in UK, Europe and the United States.

His passion for drumming also extends into other forms of percussion such as Djembe, Congas, Bodhran and drum kit; which he also teaches and has performed in many types of bands over the years; within a wide range of musical genres incl. progressive rock, pop, jazz and funk and traditional Scottish music.

Grant Cassidy

Grant is a young dynamic Snare Drummer, Percussionist and Teacher who has been a full time snare drummer and percussionist with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers since 2012. 

He started drumming at the age of 6 under the tuition and guidance of Bert Barr (former World Solo Champion and veteran Shotts & Dykehead Drummer) and his father John Cassidy. He began his drumming career within the North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band programme.

He later joined Shotts & Dykehead at the age of 13 under the leadership of 16 times World Solo Champion Jim Kilpatrick.

After a short spell at Inverary under Steven McWhirter, he has spent the last four years with the St Laurence O’Toole band under the leadership of Stephen Creighton where he has won a number of drumming titles; including the Grade 1 World Drumming championship.

He has recently taken over the role of Leading Drummer from his Father at the newly formed Uddingston Strathclyde who where promoted to Grade 2 in 2018.

His record of achievements is incredible for such a young age:

  • 8 time consecutive world solo juvenile champion 2006 -2013
  • 4 time world champions Drum Corp 
  • 3 champion of champions 
  • 5th place at 2018 World solos 2018 
Cameron Dunsmore

Cameron started tenor drumming at the age of 9 with the Seafield and District Pipe Band and quickly rose through the grades with the band from Novice Juvenile to Grade 3.

At the age of 12, Cameron moved onto Grade 1 and played under leading drummer Jake Jørgensen and Pipe Major Ian Duncan at a Lothian and Border Police for 1 season. 

 In 2014 Cameron was asked to join the world renowned Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band under the leadership of Jim Kilpatrick MBE, he played there for one season where he won the Grade 1 World Champion Drum Corps Title and achieved other top 6 placings that year at various major championships in Scotland. 

 Cameron is now living in Copenhagen, Denmark where he works in Aviation. Cameron is currently a member of the Grade 1 New Zealand Police Pipe Band and a tutor and playing member of his “hometown band”, The Crest of Gordon City of Bremen Pipe Band.

Thomas Lorenzen

Thomas R. Lorenzen begann im Jahr 2010 mit dem Erlernen des Handwerks des Scottish Drum Majors unter William "Billy" Jordan (Drum Major der Scottish Power Pipe Band und ehem. DM der 1st Bn. Argyll & Sutherland Pipes & Drums). Dies war der Grundstein einer adäquaten Ausbildung und viele Kurse und Workshops folgten.

In 2011 wurde er zum Drum Major der „College of Piping Pipe Band ernannt.  Bei den Pipes & Drums of Basel wurde Thomas im Mai 2012 zum Drum Major gewählt. Dieses Amt hat er bis Ende 2016 ausgeübt.  Zusätzlich stand Ende des gleichen Jahres der Wechsel seiner schottischen Pipe Band an. Er übernahm die Position des Drum Majors bei der City of Edinburgh Pipe Band, welcher er bis August 2015 innehatte.  Im August 2015 wurde er zum Drum Major der Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band ernannt. Diese zählt zu den besten Pipe Bands der Welt und steht unter der Leitung von Pipe Major Douglas Murray und Lead Drummer Mick O`Neill. Somit wurde Thomas als erster Festlandeuropäer zum Drum Major einer Grade 1 Pipe Band.

Seit 2011 nimmt er regelmässig an Competitions teil. Drum Major Thomas R. Lorenzen ist neben allen Erfolgen besonders stolz auf den Titel des "Lothian & Borders Branch Champion", welchen er 2013, 2016 & 2018 in North Berwick, Schottland erringen konnte.

Besonders freut er sich aber über die Erfolge, welche er gemeinsam mit den Bands erzielen konnte. Seit seiner Amtsübernahme in 2012 konnten die Pipes & Drums of Basel viele Preise als „smartest Band“ gewinnen.  Aber auch die Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band hat entsprechende Erfolge erzielt wurde 2017 an den European sowie an den World Pipe Championships als "Best Band on Parade" ausgezeichnet! 

Weiterhin ist Thomas seit 2011 Mitglied des "International School of Scottish Drum Majors Display Team".  Mit dieser Formation nimmt er weltweit an Tattoos und Musikveranstaltungen teil.

Mittlerweile ist Thomas ein gefragter Lehrer. Neben der Ausbildung von Drum Majorn unterrichtet er Pipe Bands in ganz Europa im Marching, Diszipline & Dress. 

Des Weiteren unterstützt er Bands bei der Vorbereitung oder Durchführung von Wettkämpfen sowie Veranstaltungen & Shows. Er steht aber auch mit seinen Kenntnissen und Kontakten zur Seite, wenn z.B. eine Anpassung der Uniform ansteht oder ein Trainingslager ausgerichtet werden soll.