Academy Details  

The 2021 Florida Pipe and Drum Academy

Dates:  The 2021 school will 2/21-2/26 in Jacksonville, Florida. Registration is open.


We will be capping at 20 pipers, 20 snare, 10 tenor, and 3 bass students for the school.

Venue: Jacksonville Association of Firefighters, 618 Stockton Street,  Jacksonville, Fl 32204; Call: (904) 389-2445

Tuition: $500; secure your place with a deposit of $150 rising to £250 as camp approaches; fees include lunch.


Further info? Email Chris McKeown on; Go to the Registration Page or download the online Registration Form.

To pay go to PayPal  using the address; Accommodation?  Email Chris on


Meet 7pm on Feb 21 for auditions and meet and greet. Closing 4pm Feb 26. North East Florida Games are on the 27th so the camp is a great opportunity to prepare with the help of experts.

All skill levels are welcome! If you're just joining a band, or preparing for competition our instructors can accommodate you. 


All students are required to bring a practice chanter or practice drum pad.  


Please bring Highland dress if you have it.


Indoor as well as outside practice areas will be available during daytime hours.


Students are permitted to record all the classes, workshops and recitals for their personal use.


Remedial help is always available on a one-on-one basis.


Various topics will be covered in addition to learning new skills and music, such as:

• Tuning drones and chanter

• Bagpipe/drum maintenance

• Highland Dress

• Massed band sessions:  starting with a drum roll, marching in step, stopping on a dime, and deportment.  Massed band tunes and settings are available for download on this website.

• An optional introduction to piobaireachd, and other genres of bagpipe music.

The piping curriculum to be followed will be that defined in Tutor Books 1 - 3 by Principal Wallace. Copies of the books will be available at the Academy for $20 or buy before hand at via the Shop


Piping students will audition for the instructors on the morning of the first day, to be placed in playing-ability appropriate classes/groups.  These groups will be flexible.


Classes will run each day as advertised. Classes are held from 9.30am to 5pm with lunch breaks each day.


There will be an evening activity following dinner.  Visitors from out of town will have plenty to do each evening with an Academy ceilidh or discussion each night.


The daily schedule may include 3-4 personalized small classes per day plus a mass band session.


Florida PDA exams are available to all students free of charge.


The Academy will work to achieving a maximum of 6 students per piping instructor. More tutors will be added to the faculty if registrations warrant it.  


Robert Wallace, Principal

Mass Band Tunes

These are the tunes that will be played during mass band sessions.