Laurel Highlanders Pipes and Drums

  • Established in 1975, the Laurel Highlanders Pipes and Drums have a rich history. The IUP Community Music School is proud to offer a class in this unique and historic instrument!


    In this introductory course, students will learn to play a practice chanter, striving for excellence in rudimentary fingering, tone production, and performance of songs. With serious practice, students should be able to perform with a Scottish pipe band in six months to one year. 


    Jim King, specialty artist, pipe major; Tom McLaughlin, piper


    Beginner or higher


    • Tuition: $140 per semester
    • Registration Fee: $25 per semester
    • Required Materials: See below


    Only after your registration for the class is confirmed, order and bring the materials listed below to the first class (contact Jim King at with questions). To register, go to the IUP Community School Website and use the crimson “Register Here” bar found halfway down the page. Both items can be found on the Henderson’s website.

    College of Piping, Volume 1, Tutor's Book (CD-ROM optional), Henderson's SKU# B1COP1, $39, ISBN: 978-0-9549380-2-4 (Note: This book is not searchable on the Henderson website by the ISBN number).

    Chanter: Dunbar Polypenco, regular length practice chanter, Henderson's SKU# PCRL1, $75

    Fall Semester, 2019

    Day, Time, Room:

    • Mondays, Sep. 9–Dec. 16
      (Note: No class on Mon., Nov. 25, during Thanksgiving break)
    • 7:00–8:00 p.m.
    • Room 116 (Jazz Band Reh. Room), Cogswell Hall (14 classes)

    Spring Semester, 2020

    Day, Time, Room:

    • Mondays, Jan. 27–May 4
      (Note: Instructor will announce whether there will be a class on Mon., March 9, during the IUP Spring Break)
    • 7:00–8:00 p.m.
    • Room 116 (Jazz Band Reh. Room), Cogswell Hall (14 classes)