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January 25 - March 1, 2018

Presented by Vermont Institute of Celtic Arts & Catamount Arts

Thursdays, January 11 through March 1, 6-7pm

Location: Catamount Outback Artspace

Cost: $15 per class
Take all 8 classes and save: $100 for 8 classes (save $20)
Call the box office to sign up for the whole series. Phone 802-757-5559

***Checks should be made out to Catamount Arts with VICA written in the memo line.

Age: 9 and up. Adults welcome.

After purchsing your tickets, please register here.

Materials needed: Practice drum pad & drum sticks. Contact instructor with questions regarding materials.

Learn the basics of Highland Snare Drumming

Highland Drumming is considered a “advanced percussion performance style” It is significantly different than other forms of drumming. The drum corps does not just keep the beat or rhythm for the other musicians to follow but it is the only source of dynamics in a Highland Pipe band. It is considered one of the more difficult marching percussion styles to successfully perform. With a focus on technique and precision, learning this style of drumming will improve your overall performance.

Instructor: Brian Horbal

Brian, an award winning percussionist and Lead Snare for the Catamount Pipe Band, has been drumming for over 25 years. The Catamount Pipe Band currently holds the Championship title in the Northeast and will return to Scotland in August 2018 to compete for the fourth time at the World Pipe Band Championships. Brian has competed all throughout the Northeast with CPB, and has played onstage with Natalie MacMaster, The Chieftains, The Red Hot Chili Pipers, and Prydein.

For information contact: Molly Stone, VICA Program Manager @

The Vermont Institute of Celtic Arts actively preserves and promotes Celtic culture, language, art, dance, and music by offering instruction in traditional Celtic disciplines, preserving significant material, and strengthening the prominence of Celtic culture within our society. The school is the only year round institution of its kind in New England.

It is our goal to promote Celtic culture in Vermont through the arts: Pipes, Celtic Harp, Fiddle, Highland Dance, Irish and Cape Breton Step Dancing, Highland Drumming, and Gaelic Song.

Our instructors have, collectively, over 45 years of teaching experience with solo players and pipe bands. They have traveled throughout North America and Scotland as competitors, teachers, and workshop leaders. VICA director, Iain MacHarg, holds a Masters in education, a Senior certificate, and the Teaching certificate from the Institute of Piping in Scotland.