Learn from a small group of experienced instructors for an in-depth education of the fundamentals.
We believe that investing in our members is the right way to build a band. Lessons are free of charge to those who become members of the APB.
Lessons are once a week to keep your progress consistent and time commitment manageable.
Graduates of the APB Academy have the necessary skills to become competitors in solo and band competitions.
Our instructors bring years of experience and expertise to players of all levels.
As a finalist in the grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships and professional class solo competitor, Patrick brings nearly two decades of successful experience in competitive pipe band drumming to the Atlanta Pipe Band. His mastery of technique and unison execution/integration brings an uncommon level of insight into the performance of a corps and helps him effectively teach and inspire drummers at home in the APB and nationwide.
Rusty has decades of experience teaching and competing with several very successful bands in the southeast. Highly knowledgeable of the style and evolution of pipe band music, Rusty provides students with a rock solid foundation they can build on for years to come.
Robbie got his first set of pipes at age eight. His foundational tuition came from Robert (Bob) Gilchrist, pipe major of the seminal 1960s Wilmington Pipe Band. After laying the pipes down for several decades, Robbie returned to piping in the early aughts, began solo competitions, and co-founded North Georgia Pipes & Drums. He has enjoyed every minute of piping since. He joined the Atlanta Pipe Band in late 2017. He has learned from John Bottomley, Andrew Douglas and Pipers Dojo, all of his pipe majors, and the judges in the EUSPBA. His favorite practice location is Chattahoochee Point Park.