Here Comes the Sun! South Florida Pipe & Drum Academy Registration

Pre-registration for the 2016 South Florida Piping and Drum Academy is now open. The Academy will run from Feb 24 -28 inclusive at Boca Raton, Florida.

Boca Raton Fire Department, 6500 Congress Ave #200, Boca Raton, FL 33487, is the precise address. Likely schedule will be auditions on the Weds, then an evening out for a meet and greet.  Classes proper will start Thursday the 25th and the school will end with a  Sunday evening parade through nearby Mizner Park:image1-1

Mizner Park Amphitheater at the Downtown City of Boca Raton with Royal Palm trees. HDR image processed using Photomatix and Topaz software.
Mizner Park Amphitheater at the Downtown City of Boca Raton

and end with the concert at the amphitheatre (above).

Local organiser Noah Morrissette said: ‘The facility has several hotels within a mile of it, and we hope to get a few corporate sponsors to add the companies that already generously sponsor us: RT Shepherd, McCallum Bagpipes, David Naill and Pipe Dreams.  The Academy is now registered as a not-for-profit corporation. Students can also write off their fees as a tax deduction.

The Soiuth Florida class of '15
The Soiuth Florida class of ’15

‘As before we will be offering a full range of instruction in piping and drumming as well as examinations. Class will be kept as closely as possible to six students to each teacher. This is a wonderful opportunity for those in the north to get some winter sun and at the same time expert tuition.

‘Our Principal is Mr Robert Wallace of Glasgow, Scotland, a world-renowned bagpipe educator and he is assisted by Senior Instructor P/M Barry Donaldson a World Champion winner with the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band [pictured top with his 2015 class]. Other instructors are Donald MacBride from Kansas but originally from Scotland who is a highly respected teacher in the US, and Mr Tommy Johnston a Grade 1 champion drummer who has played will many the great names of the past including Mr Alex Duthart.

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Drumming instructor Tommy Johnston with his class

‘We will add to the teaching faculty as the need arises. I would encourage all student to pre-register now for what will be an outstanding week of instruction and friendship. The 2015 class was an outstanding success and we will be building on that in 2016.’