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!

    Coronavirus Update: NEW as of May 20, 2020

    Following the policy statement in early April by President Michael Driscoll in regard to the COVID-19 threat, and the announcement that all summer courses for the university will be online with no face-to-face instruction, the IUP Community Music School also canceled all face-to-face instruction through the end of the summer 2020 semester.

    While Laurel Highlanders classes don’t meet in the summer, private lessons on bagpipes can be available, dependent upon the availability of an instructor, and whether the instructor feels the pipes can be learned effectively through online lessons. Registration for those lessons is OPEN and will be ongoing and rolling through Friday, July 10.

    Please see the IUP Community Music School home page for additional information. 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, 2020

    Day, Time, Room

    • Mondays, Aug. 31–Dec. 7
      (Note: No class on Monday, Nov. 23, during Thanksgiving break)
    • 7:00–8:00 p.m.
    • Room 116 (Jazz Band Reh. Room), Cogswell Hall (14 classes)

    Spring Semester, 2021

    Day, Time, Room

    • Mondays, Jan. 25–May 3
      (Note: Instructor will announce whether there will be a class on Monday, March 8, during the IUP Spring Break)
    • 7:00–8:00 p.m.
    • Room 116 (Jazz Band Reh. Room), Cogswell Hall (14 classes)