The Rory O'Moore School of Pipes and Drums is an educational organization whose goal is to foster the teaching and learning of the “Great Highland Bagpipe” as well as the snare, tenor, and bass drums. Using the advanced members of the band as primary instructors, the students begin with a basic course of study on their chosen instrument including basic rudiments and exercises as well as background history into the instrument and the musical style. Piping students begin their learning on the “practice chanter” and drumming students begin with the necessary drum sticks and practice pads. As the learner progresses, more advanced rudiments, embellishments, and musical phrases will be introduced and taught. At the appropriate point, tunes and drum scores will be introduced.
Once the piping students reach the required stage, they will also begin learning how to play on the bagpipe itself. The initial stages will be to master the chanter and bag on a “goose.” The goose is a set of bagpipes minus the drones. As the learner becomes more proficient with the goose, the drones will be added. For drumming students, once the required drum scores and rudiments are learned, work will begin on the drum.
Student enrollment and band membership is open to any person of any age that has an interest in bagpipes or drums. No prior experience is necessary to begin taking lessons at the school. Practice chanters, drum pads and sticks are available for purchase, and advanced instruction is also available. For those under 10 years of age, we ask that the parent(s) accompany the new member to practice sessions and rehearsals. After graduating to playing on your chosen instrument, the student may advance to become a member of the band and will perform with the band.
The School is located at the Ledgewood Baptist Church at 233 Main Street in Ledgewood, NJ. The School is open on Monday nights and the full band practices on Tuesday nights. Sessions start at 7:00 PM and last 2-3 hours.
Please feel free to stop by any Monday or Tuesday night to speak to a member of the band. It is a good idea to contact us first to make sure practice has not been cancelled for inclement weather or other reasons.