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Jim Kilpatrick MBEJim Kilpatrick MBE started playing drums at the age of 10. His progress was so rapid that within two years he was competing at the highest level in Grade 1 competition.

At the age of 15, Jim joined his present band The House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band, where he won his first World Drum Corps and World Pipe Band Championships - the first of Jim's record nineteen World Drum Corps Championships. Fifteen of these titles have been won as a leading drummer. This also includes winning the World Drum Corps Championship for a record breaking eleven years in a row between 1988 and 1998.

Jim’s move into the solo drumming arena proved to be equally successful. He has smashed every record in the books by winning the RSPBA World Solo Drumming Championships no less then sixteen times. He is also the current holder of the Champion of Champions title, a title he has won three times.

Another record Jim holds is that of being the only leading drummer ever to win the 'Grand Slam', which consists of winning all five major drum corps championships in one season in 1991. This run coincided with him actually winning 10 major drumming championships in a row over three seasons between 1990 and 1992.

Education

Jim’s talent and reputation is such that he is continuously invited to teach in schools and colleges all over the world, as well as making countless master class appearances at drum clinics and percussion festivals around the world including the Royal School of Music (London & Glasgow) and the Percussive Arts Society conventions in the USA.

Jim instructs percussion students at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, where he holds the post of principal percussion instructor for the BA (Scottish Music) with Honours. He is also an appointed examiner to the Scottish Qualifications Authority, which involves the assessment of Standard and Higher Grade Music students from all over Scotland.

Endorsements

Roland's V-Drum receives the Jim Kilpatrick signature of approval at the European launch of the instrument

Jim is proud to be an endorser for Hardcase, Pearl Music Worldwide, Randall May International, Remo, Roland and Vic Firth. Jim and his drum corps at The House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band use:

  • Hardcase snare, bass and tenor drum cases,
  • Pearl FFX Pipe Band Series snare, bass and tenor drums,
  • Jim Kilpatrick drum carriers & stands by Randall May International,
  • Remo CyberMax and PowerMax drum heads & Pro Pads,
  • Roland V-Drums & Rhythm Coach and
  • Jim Kilpatrick KP2 drum sticks by Vic Firth.

Honours

Jim's contribution to the music industry has achieved considerable recognition. He has received the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' for drumming from the UK & Ireland Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society in London.

The Member of the British Empire MedalIn 2004, Jim was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) for his services to music by Her Majesty The Queen in her birthday honours list - a significant milestone in the career of any musician, but completely unique to Jim in the world of pipe band snare drumming. Jim received his honour from The Queen at an investiture ceremony held in Buckingham Palace that summer.

Jim was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2009, making him the first pipe band drummer to receive such recognition from within the Scottish traditional music industry.

These achievements rank Jim Kilpatrick MBE as one of the top percussionists in the world today in addition to being regarded as the world's greatest exponent of the pipe band snare drum.

   
   
                     
                     
         
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