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!

    Spring 2021 COVID-19 Pandemic Update

    The Laurel Highlanders Pipes and Drums class will not be meeting this spring due to health concerns and limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Given the likelihood of a vaccinated public over the next several months, we are optimistic that it will be offered again for the fall 2021 semester.

    However, registration for both online and in-person private lessons is OPEN and will be ongoing and rolling throughout the semester. For more information on lessons, please see the Private Lessons page.

    For additional information from the IUP Community Music School, please see the IUPCMS home page, and for more information from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, please see the comprehensive Coronavirus Information page.


    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.

    The Highland Bagpipe Tutor Book 1 (formerly The College of Piping Volume 1, aka “the Green book”). Available on the Piper’s Hut website. This is the book, practice chanter, and two reeds. Purchase of the metronome is optional; there are many free metronome apps for your phone that will work just fine.

    Fall Semester, 2021 (pending; TBA)

    Day, Time, Room

    • Mondays, Dates TBD
      (Note: No class during Thanksgiving break)
    • 7:00–8:00 p.m.
    • Room 116 (Jazz Band Reh. Room), Cogswell Hall (14 classes)

    Spring Semester, 2022 (pending; TBA)

    Day, Time, Room

    • Mondays, Dates TBD
      (Note: Instructor will announce whether there will be a class during the IUP Spring Break)
    • 7:00–8:00 p.m.
    • Room 116 (Jazz Band Reh. Room), Cogswell Hall (14 classes)