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April Updates

posted 13 Apr 2018, 05:18 by Chris Morris
I hope everyone has had a nice Easter break, and are ready to get back to normal life for a little while. We’ve had plenty going on in the last few weeks so I thought a blog update would be in order!

The Snare Drum Challenge 2018

Firstly, congratulations to every participant in this year’s Snare Drum Challenge. We had a new top scorer in Level 1 in Tony Craig, and both Vincent Wilkie and Drake Petrie came top in Levels 2 and 3 respectively for the second year in a row! There were plenty of great results aside from the overall top scorers too, with plenty of Silver award winners as well as high Bronze and even one other Gold who wasn’t very far off coming top.

These full results, along with the notation for all pieces and sight reading (seen and unseen) plus a few bonus pieces are now available to purchase as part of the Snare Drum Challenge 2018 book for just £12. Go to the Snare Drum Challenge section of this website or to our new Facebook Shop to order your copy. These are printed to order, so please allow around 3-4 working days for delivery.

Changes to Photography/Video Consent Policy

I’ll be putting letters out this week to explain a slight change to how we will be doing photography and video consent going forward. As you will know, it’s a strict policy of mine to obtain permission from parents/guardians to take and/or use photos and video footage of Dundee Drum Academy pupils, and this will always remain the same. However, starting from next week I’ll be issuing consent forms at the beginning of every school term (going by Dundee school term dates). This will be asking permission to take and use photos/videos at any event during this period, and also during lessons to allow us to showcase more of the talents of pupils who attend lessons. I’m hoping to share some more interesting content on social media pages and allow all pupils the chance to shine and show what they have been practising in lessons. 

More information about this will be found in the letters going out over the next week.

National Youth Orchestras of Scotland

NYOS have been in touch with me this week asking to share some information on their courses this summer, which includes a course for young percussionists aged 8 – 14 who are of roughly Grade 3 level. This would be a great experience for any pupils attending lessons at Dundee Drum Academy who fall into this category. I attended the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland twice when I was at school and it was a really good experience which helped me grow in confidence and become a more experience percussion player in a classical setting. 

For more information on this, visit

Summer Concert 2018

Finally, no firm date has been set for the Summer Concert this year but expect a proper announcement on this immanently (You can expect this to be around 22nd – 23rd June). What I will say however, is that I’m planning a bit of a change to how concerts run; so far most of our concerts have been split into two halves with primary school ages students performing in the fist half and secondary in the other. I was inspired by Anders, our youngest ever performer who, at the age of just three years old opened the secondary schools half of the Christmas Concert last year to enthusiastic applause from the audience. More of this would be good – younger students performing to older ones, and vice-versa. So expect the Summer Concert to involve a bit of a mix this year, and for there to simply be an interval in the middle rather than thinking of it as two separate concerts. 

Looking forward to getting back to a full timetable this week!