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Drumming Workshop

Drumming Workshop

Jim Sim, President of the
Midwest Pipe Band Association will be presenting a drumming workshop
on band set up, Saturday, June 11, 2022 (approximate time 4:00 p.m.
after pipe band competition) Coming out of Covid, this will be
important for drummers, and he will cover bands grades 5-2. 

 Jim Sim – Snare Drumming (President MWPBA, Adjudicator)

Jim Sim started drumming lessons with his Father at the age of 8. His first band was the Stock Yard Kilty Band from Chicago. He worked his way up the solo ranks and eventually was placed in the Open. His early influences in drumming were from his father and John Kirkwood Sr. from St. Catharines, Ontario. In 1975 along with Pipe Major Ian Swinton the new Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band was formed. The band started in Grade 4. The band with Jim as the Leading Drummer went on to win many titles. In 1985 the band was promoted to Grade 1 which finished one of the band’s early goals which was to go from Grade 4 to Grade 1 in ten years using mostly players taught by Ian and Jim. Midlothian won many titles several times including the U.S. Open Championship, and the North American Championship and several placings in the top 6 at the World Championships.

Jim retired from active playing after the 2009 season to devote more time to teaching and judging. Jim has taught many young players who have gone on to win many contests of their own as well as many of the bands in North America. Jim has also had the honor of playing with The Chieftains, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a Full Adjudicator, President of the MidWest Pipe Band Association, and President of ANAPBA (Alliance of North American Pipe Band Associations). When not playing he enjoys spending time with his wife Barb and their 3 children and one Grandchild and following the White Sox and Black Hawks.