Gordon Brown

Gordon was born in Whitburn, West Lothian in 1964. In 1976 at the age of 12, Gordon took up drumming seriously and joined the Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Novice Juvenile Band in November that year, where his Dad was already teaching the youngsters and the then Grade 3 corps.

In February 1977, within months of joining the band, Gordon gained 6th place in the Juvenile Section of the World Solo Drumming Championship. That season, Gordon and the Novice corps went on to win the drumming title in all five major championships, and also every drumming competition they played in including Grade 4 events.

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In 1978, the Grade 3 band was upgraded to Grade 2 and Gordon progressed from Novice to Grade 2 where he played beside his Dad. Seasons 1978 and 1979 saw the Grade 2 drummers win every major championship as a band and drum corps. Gordon continued his solo career steadily moving up the prize lists at the Worlds and other solo drumming events, eventually winning the World Juvenile Solo Drumming titles in 1980 and 1981.

It was during this time that he started to get involved in teaching at his Dad’s famous Tuesday night drumming class. It is interesting to note that just almost every drummer currently involved with the Boghall Grade 1 corps came through that school.

The Boghall band was promoted to Grade 1 in 1980 and in their first season won the Cowal Championship drumming title. Between 1981 and 1983 they went on to lift a hat trick of World Championship Drumming titles as well as every other drumming award.

Another World Championship Drumming title was won in 1986 and one of the proudest moments and memories for Gordon and the Boghall drum corps was being the first ever drum corps to win the “Alex Duthart Memorial Trophy” for the Grade 1 champion of champion drum corps. The Boghall Novice and Juvenile corps also won the champion of champion title in their respective grades.

Gordon then started helping out with the Novice and the Juvenile drum corps and this input helped enable them to go on and win numerous drumming titles throughout the eighties and nineties.

In 1991, Gordon took over as Leading Drummer of the Grade 1 corps from his Dad and won his first major drumming title at the European Championships that same season.

Since taking the role of Leading Drummer Gordon has won the Scottish, British, European and Cowal Championships on numerous occasions as well as winning the Best Drum Corps and Bass Section awards at the 2001 World and Cowal Championships.

In 1994 that Gordon realised a life long ambition winning the Adult World Solo Drumming Championship title. Having made it through to the final on several previous occasions he had never managed to place higher than 4th place so to have won such a prestigious award really was a dream come true. Gordon won the title again in the 2002 event and has placed in the prize list at the World Solo Drumming consistently since the Millennium.

Since becoming involved in teaching, he is now realising another ambition by following in his father’s footsteps. He has taught in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Eire, Brittany, Switzerland, Denmark, South Africa, United States of America and Canada. His achievements as a solo player and as a leading drummer have resulted in numerous invitations from all over the World for teaching workshops and seminars.

Looking to the future, Gordon remains committed to teaching, and like his father unselfishly pass on what he regards as a noble art, especially to youngsters, to make them the drummers of the future.

The ultimate goal for Gordon remains to win the World Championship title with the Boghall band. With the hard work and dedication put in by the whole band everyone hopes this dream will be realised sometime soon.

Gordon is a fully qualified Trainer/Assessor (SVQ D32, C25); therefore his teaching skills are being used at all times. He is currently the Principal Drumming Instructor at The Strathallan School and The Glenalmond College, both in Perthshire.

Gordon is also involved with Andante Drums on product development of their highly successful Reactor Snare Drum.

Gordon Brown's Drum Scores

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Competition 2/4 March

25th K.O.S.B.’s
Elementary | 4 parts
Abercairney Highlanders
Advanced | 4 parts
Argyllshire Gathering, The
Advanced | 4 parts
Balmoral Highlanders, The
Advanced | 6 parts
Brigadier General Ronald Cheape of Tiroran
Advanced | 4 parts
Colin Thompson
Advanced | 4 parts
Hugh Kennedy, M.A., B. Sc.
Advanced | 4 parts
John MacDonald of Glencoe
Advanced | 4 parts
Kantara to El Arish
Advanced | 4 parts
Mrs. John MacColl
Advanced | 4 parts
P/M Willie Gray’s Farewell to the Glasgow Police
Advanced | 4 parts
P/M Willie Gray’s Farewell to the Glasgow Police
Intermediate | 4 parts
P/M Willie Gray’s Farewell to the Glasgow Police
Elementary | 4 parts

Other 2/4 March

Brown Haired Maiden, The
Elementary | 2 parts
Brown Haired Maiden, The
Elementary | 2 parts
Dornoch Links, The
Elementary | 2 parts
Drunken Piper, The
Elementary | 2 parts
Earl of Mansfield, The
Elementary | 3 parts
High Road to Gairloch
Elementary | 2 parts
Jenny’s Bawbee
Elementary | 2 parts
Jenny’s Bawbee
Elementary | 2 parts
Men of Argyll
Elementary | 2 parts
Mhairie’s Wedding
Elementary | 2 parts
Terribus
Elementary | 2 parts

Competition Strathspey

Blair Drummond
Advanced | 6 parts
Caber Feidh
Advanced | 4 parts
Dorrator Bridge
Intermediate | 4 parts
Inveraray Castle
Advanced | 4 parts
Lady MacKenzie of Gairloch
Elementary | 4 parts
Maggie Cameron
Advanced | 4 parts
Monymusk
Advanced | 4 parts
Struan Robertson
Advanced | 4 parts
Tulloch Castle
Advanced | 4 parts

Other Strathspey

Caledonian Society of London
Intermediate | 2 parts
Colonel Stuart Green
Elementary | 2 parts
Mac An Irish
Elementary | 2 parts
O’er the Bows to Ballindalloch
Elementary | 2 parts
Orange and Blue
Elementary | 2 parts
Sporting Jamie
Intermediate | 2 parts
Step Dancer
Intermediate | 2 parts

Competition Reel

Captain Lachlan MacPhail of Tiree
Elementary | 4 parts
Colonel MacLeod
Elementary | 4 parts
Dr. MacPhail’s Reel
Elementary | 4 parts
Lexie McAskill
Elementary | 4 parts
Loch Carron
Advanced | 6 parts
Mrs MacPherson of Inveran
Advanced | 6 parts
Mrs MacPherson of Inveran
Intermediate | 6 parts
Sheepwife, The
Advanced | 6 parts
Thompson’s Dirk
Advanced | 4 parts

Other Reel

Ale is Dear
Intermediate | 2 parts
Auld Fiddler Reel, The
Elementary | 2 parts
Caledonian Society of London Reel
Intermediate | 2 parts
Crossing the Minch
Advanced | 4 parts
Don Manson’s Reel
Advanced | 4 parts
Legless in Lisburn
Intermediate | 4 parts
Lexie McAskill
Advanced | 4 parts
MacFarlin’s Reel, The
Intermediate | 2 parts
Molly on the Shore
Intermediate | 2 parts
Mrs MacLeod of Raasay
Intermediate | 2 parts
Ness Pipers, The
Advanced | 4 parts
P/M Callum Campbell
Advanced | 4 parts
Sleepy Maggie
Intermediate | 2 parts

6/8 March

County Hall
Advanced | 4 parts
Dornoch Highland Games, The
Advanced | 4 parts
Laird of Blochairn, The
Advanced | 4 parts

9/8 March

9/8 March No 1
Elementary | 4 parts

12/8 March

Glasgow Week in Hamburg
Advanced | 4 parts

Hornpipe

Archie Kenneth
Advanced | 2 parts
Beverly’s Wedding
Intermediate | 2 parts
Black Bag Syndrome, The
Advanced | 4 parts
Blackie MacLeod
Advanced | 4 parts
Calling, The
Advanced | 2 parts
City of Victoria Pipe Band
Advanced | 2 parts
Cunninghams Fancy
Advanced | 4 parts
Dechmont Flyer
Advanced | 4 parts
Dr. MacInness Fancy
Advanced | 4 parts
Fleshmarket Close
Advanced | 2 parts
Hare O’ the Dug
Advanced | 4 parts
Mason’s Apron
Advanced | 4 parts
Pumpkin’s Fancy
Advanced | 4 parts
Ramnee Ceilidh, The
Advanced | 2 parts
Shovel Tongue
Intermediate | 2 parts
Tatumtitabra
Advanced | 4 parts
Trip to Sligo
Advanced | 4 parts
Waterhole, The
Advanced | 4 parts

Jig

A Canadian Experience
Elementary | 2 parts
Archie Beag
Elementary | 4 parts
Biddy from Sligo
Advanced | 4 parts
Donald Cameron’s Powder Horn
Advanced | 4 parts
Jack’s Jig
Elementary | 2 parts
Kenny MacDonald’s Jig
Advanced | 2 parts
Out of the Air
Intermediate | 2 parts
Paddy Be Easy
Intermediate | 2 parts
Paddy Be Easy
Elementary | 2 parts
Piper’s Bonnet, The
Advanced | 4 parts
Rakes of Kildare
Advanced | 4 parts