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British Drum Co Welcomes Jim Kilpatrick MBE

British Drum Co Welcomes Jim Kilpatrick MBE

Nearly 3 years after launching the British Drum Company, their Marching Division has announced Jim Kilpatrick MBE as their International Marching Specialist.

Kilpatrick, who was awarded an MBE in 2004 for ‘services to music’, has won the World Drum Corps Championships an unprecedented 19 times, including a run of 11 consecutive titles, a record that still stands. Kilpatrick has also won the World Solo Drumming Championships a record 16 times.

The British Drum Company, which launched in September 2015, was founded by master drum maker Keith Keough; Kasabian drummer Ian Matthews; top-level marching specialist Stu Warmington; product designer Alan Kitching; and award winning comedian and drum enthusiast Al Murray, aka The Pub Landlord. The ranks expanded when in 2017 The Verve and Charlatans drummer, Pete Salisbury, joined the company.

Commenting on Kilpatrick’s appointment, Marching Division Manager Warmington said “When we started the company it was my dream to bring on the top professionals in their relevant fields and when it came to the pipe band world there was no one better qualified for the job. To actually have Jim join the company is a great day for the British Drum Company. The expertise and knowledge he brings to the company is second to none and we relish the opportunity of working with him.”

Kilpatrick’s reply, “I’m thrilled to join the British Drum Company team, a company that has the most talented people in the industry with a deep commitment to excellence. When I look at the British Drum Company, I see a company that has already made a huge mark on the global Drum Kit market and I’m excited about many of the things in the Marching and Pipe Band range that we’ll be working on together in the near future.”

Keough added “Stu has been working hard behind the scenes on our Marching Division and signing Jim is a significant point in the company’s history. We are proud to have the most successful pipe band drummer of all time join our team and it is an honour to be working alongside him.”

For more information please email jim.kilpatrick@btinternet.com or call Jim on 07545 642370.

New Addition to the Family

We would like to introduce you to the new member of our KP2 family. The KP2 orange will be on sale at the 2015 Jim Kilpatrick Worlds Roadshow from Wednesday 5 August, 2015 at Todds Bar, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

The 2015 Jim Kilpatrick Roadshow is Coming to Glasgow

The Jim Kilpatrick Roadshow is set to return to Todds Bar, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow for the duration of Worlds Week from Wednesday 5 August, 2015. Come along and meet Jim, Fiona and the team and check out all of the Jim Kilpatrick range of products. We have everything you need at great prices to keep your drum corps going right up to the World Pipe Band Championships. We hope you can make it along and look forward to seeing you there!

New Kids On The Block

The KP2 stick range by Jim Kilpatrick

Jim Kilpatrick Percussion can announce the imminent arrival of green and purple KP2 Signature Sticks to our range of best selling snare drum sticks. We now have eight beautiful finishes available in the range which also includes natural, black, blue, pink, red and white models. The new sticks are expected to be available for delivery around 5 May, 2012 and we are accepting pre-order sales on our shopping cart. Order now to be the first to play 'the new kids on the block'!

Jim's Hitting the Route 66 Trail

Pipes & Sticks on Route 66Five well known pipers and drummers will get their kicks from Chicago to Los Angeles along the legendary Route 66 this spring taking their teaching and playing talents across the heartland of America in April, 2012.
Dubbed 'Pipes & Sticks on Route 66', bass drummer Mike Cole, snare-drummer Jim Kilpatrick, and pipers Stuart Liddell, Angus MacColl and Willie McCallum will start in Chicago on April 2nd, with the first scheduled concert on April 7th at the Irish American Heritage Center Auditorium in Chicago.
"The idea hatched last May with a conversation Stuart [Liddell] and I had on a flight to the U.S." McCallum said. "We thought the trip sounded fantastic and we had both always wanted to do it. Doing it combined with the pipes sounded very logical. It then grew a bit when we considered how we could do some concerts, workshops with pipes and drums combined. We sat on it for a few weeks whilst we thought of the best way ahead.
"It was then a case of who we thought would be interested in coming along as a team of five. 
Those we approached first agreed with no hesitation and we think it's an amazingly talented line-up."
Among the group is just about every important solo piping and drumming award, many of which have been won several times over. McCallum said that additional events will be announced as they are determined.
"We will stick as far as possible to the original Route 66, but there will be a few diversions along the way" McCallum added, and said that the group will travel in a small bus, and will stay in motels en- route.
A documentary film is also being planned, with Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band 'On The Day' movie director John McDonald recording the adventure.
Before the United States developed the current Interstate system, Route 66 was the primary highway connecting the western half of the country, starting in Chicago and traversing St. Louis, Tulsa, Santa Fe, Flagstaff and ending in Los Angeles. Route 66 was made more famous referenced in several songs in the 1950s and '60s.

You can find the dates of the tour on Jim's master classes schedule.

Source: pipes|drums

Shotts Drum Corps - World Champions

The best drum corps award at the 2011 World Pipe Band Championships held at Glasgow Green on Saturday 13 August, 2011 was won by The House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band.

Having overcome the hurdle of having to compete in the qualifying heat in the morning in which they finished first for drumming, the Shotts drum corps led by Jim Kilpatrick MBE pulled off two outstanding performances in the March, Strathspey & Reel and Medley events in the final to win the new Samuel J Hodgen Cup & Andante Sash. The win represents Jim's fifteenth as leading drummer of the Shotts drum corps.

The event was live streamed around the world by the BBC and the Shotts performances can be found on the BBC World Pipe Band Championships 2011 website or watching the embedded BBC iPlayer below.

Worlds Roadshow Ready to Roll into Glasgow

The Jim Kilpatrick Percussion Roadshow is preparing to head to Todds Bar in Glasgow for 2011 Worlds week. Jim, Fiona and crew will be on hand every day from 8 to 12 August, 2011 with all of the pipe band drumming essentials you are likely to need for the World Pipe Band Championships. There will be great stocks of all Jim Kilpatrick Percussion sticks, carriers, accessories and official merchandise, as well as Remo drum heads, M & G bass drum mallets, TyFry tenor drum mallets and expert advice on all Pearl pipe band drums.

New for the 2011 World Pipe Band Championships is the Jim Kilpatrick KP2 snare drum stick in pink. We want you to 'Think PINK!' this year, with 20% of the profits on all sales of the stick being donated to Cancer Research. We hope you will join us and the Shotts drum corps in thinking pink for the Worlds.

Come and see us when you get to Glasgow!

2010 World Solo Drumming Championships

Jim Kilpatrick MBE competed at the 2010 RSPBA World Solo Drumming Championships in Glasgow on 23 October, 2010. A solid performance in the semi-final saw Jim qualify for the final, where he secured fourth place with respective aggregate 2nd equal and 5th equal placings in the March, Strathspey & Reel and Hornpipe & Jig legs of the event.

Other members of Jim's Shotts drum corps who did well on the day were David Ross who qualified for the adult semi-final, Steven Shedden who was runner-up in Juvenile Section 3 and Grant Cassidy who won Juvenile Section 2 to take his 5th successive world title.

2010 Worlds Roadshow Ready To Roll

Come and visit Jim at the Jim Kilpatrick 2010 Worlds Roadshow at Todds Bar, Glasgow from 7 August to 13 August, 2010. Check out the new and exclusive range of Jim Kilpatrick KP2 sticks with all new colours featuring the new non slip grip. Get all your Worlds drumming accessories and full range of Jim Kilpatrick T-shirts, Hoodies and other exciting ranges of clothing. Jim and Fiona are excited about returning to Glasgow and look forward to helping you with your drumming needs.

Jim Kilpatrick Summer Sale Starts Now

The Jim Kilpatrick Percussion Summer Sale is now on. From Friday 11 June, 2010, we are cutting the prices on many of your favourite pipe band drumming products and offering further reductions across our popular special offers.

We have cut the price on all TyFry Platinum tenor drum mallets and TyFry Practice mallets to £32.99, giving you a saving of £6 per pair on the world's most popular tenor drum mallet, as well as making further reductions to many of our special offers, passing on bigger savings than ever on our fantastic selection of multi-buy deals.

So drop into our online shop now and get your hands on a fantastic summer drumming deal!

Jim Kilpatrick Releases Exciting New KP2 Stick Range

The new KP2 stick range by Jim Kilpatrick

The most popular pipe band stick in the world just got even better! Coinciding with the launch of the new Jim Kilpatrick Percussion website is the official launch of the brand new KP2 stick line by Jim Kilpatrick MBE. The KP2 model has been upgraded to incorporate a new and better balance to maximize the best possible control and feel. This, coupled with an enhanced pitch while playing on the drum puts the Jim Kilpatrick Signature range of sticks into a league of their own.

The new KP2 stick range comes in a choice of four stunning finishes; traditional lacquer, black, red and white and is available to buy now from our online shop and all main retail shops.

Jim Kilpatrick Launches Brand New Website

The new Jim Kilpatrick Percussion website

Jim Kilpatrick MBE is delighted to unveil his brand new website in time for the 2010 pipe band season. The new website launched on Friday 4 June, 2010 focuses on improved layout, bolder corporate presence, better navigation and a smoother online shopping experience.

Some of the new additions to feature in the website include:

  • Updated profile with embedded YouTube videos,
  • Fantastic pack shot pictures by Andrew Lawson Photography,
  • Master Classes with appearance calendar,
  • News with RSS Feed,
  • Product FAQs and
  • Social networking on Facebook.

Our online shop offers all of the usual Jim Kilpatrick Percussion favourites and we will be unveiling some fantastic new KP Signature products in the very near future, so please visit regularly and watch out for updates. We hope you enjoy our new website and as always, we appreciate your feedback.

Tenth Scottish Title For Shotts Drum Corps

Tenth Scottish Title For Shotts Drum Corps

The drum corps of The House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band won a tenth Scottish title under the leadership of Jim Kilpatrick MBE at the Scottish Pipe Band Championships held in Dumbarton, Scotland on Saturday 22 May, 2010. Jim débuted tuned dual bass drums to his drum corps' mid-section for the performance, which was warmly received by the audience and adjudicators alike.

Jim Kilpatrick Visits Pearl's Nashville HQ

Jim Kilpatrick MBE & Gene Okamoto at Pearl

Jim Kilpatrick MBE recently stopped by the headquarters of Pearl Music Worldwide in Nashville, Tennessee as part of his spring tour of the United States of America. Jim took the opportunity to tour the home of the world famous Pearl drum company and meet up with the company's CEO, Gene Okamoto. While being shown around the extensive facilities within Pearl, Jim was invited into their purpose built recording studio to shoot some demonstration footage on the Pearl FFXPB pipe band snare drum, which you can check out on the Pearl Drum Corporation YouTube channel.

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