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Third Annual
Turlach Ur
Scottish Drumming Clinic
Grinnell, Iowa
July 7 and July 8


Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the challenging style of drumming that, as much as the bagpipes themselves, gives a pipe band its extraordinary sound. Participants will learn fundamental skills and concepts from a Scottish drumming perspective. These will include stick handling and control, rudiments, music reading and practice techniques and habits. Depending upon level and progress, participants also will undertake more advanced rudiment work, learn simple march scores and study the Scottish drumming idiom and how it relates to bagpipe melodies and rhythms.




Instructor Malcolm Rosenberger is widely acknowledged as one of the top Scottish snare drummers in North America. As a solo competitor, he turned professional at the age of 16 and won the western U.S. open championship five years in a row, retiring the trophy. More recently, Rosenberger has focused on competitive pipe band drumming. In more than 200 band contests, the corps he has led have a win rate of more than 95 per cent. He is well known not only for his technical mastery, but also for the innovativeness of his original scores. Many of Rosenberger’s hundreds of students have gone on to success as solo competitors or to lead their own pipe band drum corps.



Schedule of Events

July 7 (Tuesday)
   1:00 pm welcome and introductions
   1:15 pm intermediate session 1 (2 hours)
   3:30 pm beginner session 1 (1 hour)

July 8 (Wednesday)
   9:00 am intermediate session 2 (2½ hours)
   12:00 pm pizza lunch (included)
   1:00 pm beginner session 2 (1 hour)
   3:00 pm intermediate session 3 (1½ hours)

July 9 (Thursday)
   7:00 pm Turlach Ur Pipe Band concert


Intermediate Sessions: The clinic is designed for students
with some Scottish snare experience or substantial other
snare experience. Tuition for the six-hour clinic is $80.

Beginner Sessions: There also will be a mini-clinic for
beginners. Tuition for the two-hour mini-clinic is $40.

Each session is limited to 10 participants. Practice pads and Scottish style sticks and will be available for purchase at $50 per set, or they may be borrowed for use during the clinic.

2008 drumming clinic participants perform with the Turlach Ur Pipe Band in Grinnell College’s Sebring-Lewis Hall

Turlach Ur in Concert!!
July 9 - 7:00 p.m.

Hear Rosenberger perform with Turlach Ur in Grinnell’s Thursday Music in the Park concert series.
Early arrivals can hear Curtis Carroll and Friends, and the Highway Home Bluegrass Band.

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For more information about the clinic or concert, please contact Rob Clower at 641-236-6820


Turlach   (TUR – lock)-a large fire

            Ur (ur)-beautiful, flourishing, fresh, new, vigorous

The Turlach Ur Pipe Band sprang to life in Grinnell, Iowa in the summer of 2007.  Increasingly true to its name, it’s burning brightly now, boasting some 25 pipers and drummers at various levels.  About half are junior players, ranging in age from eight to seventeen.

We hold weekly band practices and monthly group lessons at which all levels come together for instruction in small groups (and lunch in a big group!)  We pride ourselves on playing great music and having a great time.  The two come together in our concerts, which easily are among the most fun and imaginative pipe band shows anywhere.  In 2009, we’ll be testing the pipe band competition waters for the first time!

In partnership with the Anne Stapleton School of Highland Dance, Turlach Ur now is bringing Highland dance instruction to east-central Iowa.  Contact Rob Clower at 641-990-6820 for more information about this latest addition to Turlach Ur’s Highland arts instructional programs.