Group Lessons (In-person)

Group Lessons



Doug teaches a variety of competing and non-competing bands in the Toronto area.  The fee is $75 per hour with a 2 hour minimum session and a weekly or bi-weekly commitment for most of the year.  Depending upon the distance to your band practice, there may be a travel fee added.  All teaching materials, band scores and recordings (video and audio) are included as part of a band’s yearly teaching commitment.  Band sessions typically run from September to September, in alignment with the summer parade and competition season.  Please email for more details.

About Doug:

Doug Stronach’s books and methods have been used by some of the top drummers in the world. He has published four books on pipe band drumming and is author of the best-selling beginner tutor book in North America. He has taught and played throughout the world including Canada, USA, South America, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sicily and the UK and has been a member of Grade 1 top-six World’s prize winning bands both in the UK and Canada. In 2012, he retired from competition when he left The World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.

Some of Doug’s past students include Blair Brown (SFU, Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia and top-six World Solo Snare Drummer), Andrew Lawson (World Champion Drum Corps winner, top-six World Solo Snare Drummer and Leading Drummer for the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band), Graham Brown (previous Lead Drummer for The Peel Regional Police Pipe Band (North American Pipe Band and Drum Corps Champions) ,World Champion Drum Corps winner and World Solo Drumming finalist, Tyler Fry (World Champion Drum Corps winner and owner of Tyfry Tenor Mallets), as well as many other Grade 1 competing and non-competing players.

Lessons with Doug focus on the idea that good rhythm is the primary purpose of any drummer and that the traditional route of learning rudiments are only to be learned in-conjunction with a solid understanding of time. Infinite Sticking and Duple and Triple are two of Doug’s books that allow you to explore rhythm and rudiments together and apart allowing you the freedom to think clearly in both domains. Both PDF versions of these books become available free of charge to students as they progress through their lessons.