August 2016: Good luck to all competing at the World Pipe Band Championships this weekend. Fall lesson schedule is almost full. There’s one bi-weekly spot left for bands and two evening spots for regular solo players. Email asap if you’re interested. Lessons start mid to end of September.
April 2016: Solo students and bands are at full speed right now preparing for the upcoming contest season. Non-competing bands are also busy getting ready for the parade and concert season. Doug has just finished writing a three-level set of drum fanfares which the bands are hard at work learning for the summer. Any solo drummers interested in learning them should remind Doug during their lesson. Copies of the PDF music can be made available on your myband.io drum corps or private lesson feed.
January 2016: Doug is just back from another successful Winter Storm 2016 in Kansas City. Over 1000 people were at the concert on Saturday night…a big thank you to all who attended in person and online through the live streaming. Such luminaries as Paul Turner, Richard Parkes, MBE and Terry Tully were on display. A special shout out goes to Mackenzie Chamberlain who won the Grade 1 Solo Snare Drum Championship. Mackenzie works hard and has a thirst and passion for playing drums that you only see in students every now and again.
June 2015: Summer schedule is up and running. Doug is in Texas, Chicago and two weeks at the Ontario School in Aurora this year. Still time to sign up if you haven’t done so yet. The talent at these schools is amazing. Young players especially working hard at their craft.
Feb 2015: MyBand.io website is up and running for all students and drum corps that Doug teaches. Thanks to Ken Constable of Social Pariah Solutions for the excellent site. In the coming months, this site will house all of Doug’s scores, MP3s and exercises for students and bands to use.
September 2014: Out now is a brand new and updated edition of Doug Stronach’s Pipe Band Snare Drum Tutor Book Volume 1. North America’s best-selling tutor book has a new look and revised layout after 14 years on the market. The material in this book has started thousands of drummers on their journey into pipe band drumming and has been a part of the education of some of today’s top pipe band solo and band players.
June 2014: Doug was on the road most of June visiting South Africa, Chicago and then two weeks at the Ontario School of Piping and Drumming.
Doug first played Andante Drums when he led the Toronto Police Pipe Band Drum Corps, and again during the development of the new Andante Next Generation Drum with The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.
Visit the new and improved Andante website for more information or click here for videos and product information on this site. You can email Doug for latest pricing and additional info through his contact page.