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Schools and Programs

Balmoral offers summer school session in various locations around the US, music programs for elementary schools and lessons for those living in or near Pittsburgh.

The Balmoral Classic

Are you a talented young Piper or Drummer? Learn about Balmoral’s solo bagpiping and Scottish snare drumming competition for those age 21 and under.

Balmoral Pipes & Drums

Our Pittsburgh-based band is comprised of pipers and drummers of all ages. New members with an interest in piping or drumming are always welcomed.

Register for one of our 2018 Summer School Sessions at several beautiful campuses!

What they’re saying

“This school was how I learned to be a good bagpiper. The instructors are world class.
And the administrators are the best (professional, kind, and fun!”

Whitney Alison

“Wonderful time, as always! Where else can you walk into
a teacher’s room at midnight and get help with a tune?”

Dan McNamara

“This is a great school for ALL pipers and drummers. From beginner
to advanced you will have a great time and learning experience.”

PM Robert Mathieson

“The Balmoral Schools are run the way piping schools should be run.”
Iain McLellan, Pipe Major of the 12-time world champion Strathclyde Police Pipe Band

Ian Maclellan

“I had a great experience at the 2015 Pittsburgh school! The instructors, classes and
workshops were top notch. Can’t wait to attend again this summer!”

Lacy Acres Mahler

“The instructors are experts in their field and help to produce rapid results and focused instruction.”
Craig Copeland, Kentucky session

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Craig Copeland

“My teenage son had a wonderful week, learned 15 new tunes, made new friends,
learned from fabulous instructors and wants to go back.”

Elaine Eltringham

“They pushed us in small bites, challenging but not out of reach — truly understanding.”
Mike Bench, California session

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Mike Bench

“The Balmoral Classic helped to promote Pittsburgh’s place in the piping world,
while entertaining pipers and non-pipers alike.”

The Tartan

“Other pipers in our band went to other schools that had much larger classes and they did not receive
anything to compare to the small focused sessions at Balmoral. Being an older player I don’t have
time to waste.”
David Hopper, Illinois Session

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About Balmoral

“To raise the standard and promote the appreciation of bagpipe music in the USA by providing world-class instruction, cultivating excellence in youth, presenting innovative musical events, and fostering tradition.”

America’s leader in bagpiping and drumming instruction, performance, and collaboration, Balmoral School was established in 1979 by co-founders George Balderose and James McIntosh, MBE, and is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational organization. The school celebrates and teaches traditional bagpipe music dating to the 15th century, as well as more recent compositions in the traditional style, including the competition repertoire.

Latest news

Celtic Music At Esu: Pipes, Drums & More!

Balmoral School Expands its Reach with Celtic Ensemble Music at ESU For two, 1-week sessions, July 16-21 and July 22-27, 2017, at East Stroudsburg University, the Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming will run its intensive summer school program for pipers and drummers of all ages. During the second week at ESU, students who play […]

Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming's Pittsburgh Summer School, with Terry Tully, Robert Mathieson and Gordon Bell.

Bagpipes & Drums Come To Pittsburgh, 2018

Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming’s Pittsburgh Summer Music Program From July 9-14. 2017, just five minutes north of PGH at Shady Side Academy, Fox Chapel, PA, the Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming will run an intensive summer program for pipers and drummers of all ages, Terry Tully, former Pipe Major of St. Laurence O’Toole […]

Bagpipes & Drums in Indianapolis!

Balmoral School’s 2018 Summer Music Program at UIndy At the University of Indianapolis, from June 24-29, 2018, the Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming will run a weeklong summer music school for pipers and drummers of all ages. Beginners and accomplished musicians will immerse themselves in a week of music with some of the best […]

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