Top Juvenile Band Seeks New Drum Instructor

Pipe Major Willie McIntyre has sent this:

Vacancy – Bass & Tenor Drumming Instructor – George Heriot’s School

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and committed Bass and Tenor Drumming instructor to join our Pipe Band Department and contribute specifically to the continued development of bass & tenor drumming within the school. The position will primarily involve the tuition of tenor drumming. Bass drumming experience would be preferred but is not necessarily essential.

The George Heriot’s School Pipe Band [pictured above] is one of the leading school pipe bands in the country. The band supports internal school events such as our Founder’s Day, Sports Day, Open mornings and the annual Usher Hall Concert. Being part of the Combined Cadet Force, the band participates in the Scottish Schools’ CCF Beating Retreat Ceremony at Holyrood Palace as well as inter-School CCF competitions for pipe bands and soloists. In recent years, the band has returned to the RSPBA competition circuit and there are now two George Heriot’s bands competing regularly in the Novice Juvenile and Juvenile Grades.

The band also supports local parades and charity events such as the annual ‘Edinburgh Riding of the Marches’. In addition to our two competition pipe bands, we have a Development Band in which our pipers and drummers gain their first experience of playing in a band environment. There are over 160 children receiving tuition at the school in piping, snare drumming, bass and tenor drumming. Tuition is given to both Junior and Senior school pupils, ranging from P4 – S6 year groups (8 – 18 years) and covering a full spectrum of abilities from complete beginner to the most experienced members of the juvenile band. Pupils have the opportunity to sit SQA Music exams at National 5 and Higher levels with bagpipes or snare drum as their principal instrument. Preparation towards achieving PDQB qualifications is also available.

Full details about the position and how to apply are available on the Jobs and Opportunities page of the school website,

Willie MacIntyre | Pipe Major
George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh, EH3 9EQ, UK
Tel: +44 (0)131 229 7263 | Website: