Pipe Band Tuition

At Aberdeen Music Lessons we are delighted to offer a centre of excellence for pipe band studies, including individual tuition and group lessons.

We are fortunate to have a dedicated team of highly experienced and successful tutors who are passionate about their art. We also offer master classes with some of the world’s top players, educators and composers.

In addition to individual tuition we will be running classes which will allow students to achieve PDBQ certificates and onto higher awards such as instructor certificates.

Our principal piping and Drumming tutors are Neil Selbie, James Campbell, Gus McAskill, Euan Doyle and Graham G Brown

Grahame G Brown

Graham brings with him a wealth of experience gained over the last 50 years. Graham is available to teach all musical idioms of the Great Highland Bagpipe with a particular emphasis on Piobaireachd for those preparing for the Scottish Qualification Authority Examinations, a skill much needed in the Aberdeen area.

Whilst Graham has influenced many in his teaching, it is fair to highlight his young son Calum; who is without doubt his greatest achievement and probably the greatest piping talent to come from Aberdeen for many years.

The Tutors influencing Graham during these 50 years demonstrate the depth of his diversity and experience; P/M John Stewart, P/M David C Duncan, P/M R B Nicol of Balmoral, and currently Dr. Jack Taylor President of the Piobaireachd Society. Other major influences on Grahams Piping achievements include Bessie Brown (Banchory), Sandy Robertson (Culter), Donald MacPhereson (Glasgow) and P/M J K Mac Donald (Bucksburn Pipe Band).

Grahams Pipe Band experience covers all Grades including 10 years with Bucksburn and District Pipe Band in Grade1. Graham was also P/Sgt. of the Aberdeen Boys Brigade Battalion Pipe Band gaining 1 st Place in Grade 4 at the World Pipe Band Championships. Graham is also available to play at Weddings, Funerals and Functions.

Neil Selbie

Neil has a long history in the pipe band world; he is a PDBQ assessor and RSPBA Instructor. Neil has been pipe major of several local pipe bands and has had considerable success with Culter & District pipe band, winning several Major championships and winning the RSPBA grade 3A champions of champions with a home grown band of local talent. Neil is currently Pipe Major of Bucksburn and District. He has also won several solo piping trophies. In addition Neil is also a manufacturer of reeds and owner of Pettigrew bagpipes. Neil’s reeds are currently being played by some of the very best bands and players in the world.

With over thirty years of tutoring experience both on a one to one and band basis, students will benefit greatly from the wealth of knowledge and experience Neil has to offer.

James Campbell

Gus McAskill

Euan Doyle

Euan,18 years of age and a very talented young Piper is a second year HND Music student at North East Scotland College. He is also PVG registered and is a Member of Bucksburn and District Grade 2 Band where he enjoys competing successfully in the 5 Major Pipe Band Championship every year.

His interest in piping started through hearing Pipe Bands in the square at Braemar and at the age of 10 his musical journey in piping began. Early tuition by Michael Cowie saw him move into Pipe Bands under the direction of P/M John Lawson at Rubislaw Pipe Band. Euan then joined the ranks of Bucksburn and District Novice Pipe Band where he advanced his piping skills attaining membership of the Grade 2 Band at the age of 13. During his time in Grade 2 the teaching influence of P/M Neil Selbie has seen Euan develop into a mature, strong and extremely competent Piper.

Over the past 3 years, Euan has been developing his teaching skills and is a significant member of the Bucksburn Band Tuition Team. Here his teaching skills are exposure to beginners through to established pipers sitting their Piping and Drumming Examinations at SCQF 4/5 Level. His teaching attainments have been recognised in the Band having responsibility for the tuition of players looking to join the Grade 2 band, whether it's youngsters moving up from the Youth Band or adults who wish to be a part of the pipe core.

Euan is also experienced and available to play for Events/Social Functions including Weddings and Funerals etc. He can be contacted either through AML or direct at - euandoylebagpiping.com

Our principal Pipe Band drum tutor Will be offering tuition in Pipe Band Drumming - Bass, Tenor and Snare and will also be offering Music Reading Development, Sound Classes, and much more. Along with one to one tuition, We also offer group classes, and Pipe Band Drum Core Workshops. .

Individual tuition and small classes will be run from the studio on Union Street, Aberdeen but occasionally we may utilise bigger premises elsewhere in the local area when the need arises.