Bass and Tenor Drumming Instructor / Composer / Drum Technician
Mike Cole is one of the world’s most accomplished bass drummers and sought-after drumming instructors. Mike has won a number of top sectional and individual prizes, including the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Best Bass title at the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 2 in 1998, the North American Pipe Band Championships bass section titles in Grade 2 in 2004 and 2005 and in Grade 1 in 2006 and 2007. Also in 2007 Mike won the Midwest Highland Arts Fund Winter Storm Gold Medal in their inaugural solo bass drumming contest in Kansas City. Mike now is an adjudicator of that contest.
Mike has played snare, tenor, and bass drum in a variety of Grade 1 and 2 bands including the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band, Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band, North Coast Pipe Band, Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band and the Windsor Police Pipe Band. Mike has extensive drum kit and hand percussion experience in addition to playing in pipe bands. He is featured on a variety of percussion instruments on Jori Chisholm’s Bagpipe Revolution. He is the inventor of the Twisted Thistle bass drum mallet series and has a successful recording and drum score composing service.
Mike has instructed individuals and drum corps. He has taught at workshops, seminars, and summer camps in Scotland, Canada, and the United States. He was a member of the advisory staff of TenorDrummer.com and has taught bass drumming at the “Back to Basics” clinic in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a faculty member of the Celtic Arts’ Foundation School in Seattle, Washington, and the Midwest Highland Arts’ Winter Storm School in Kansas City, Missouri. Mike judged solo bass drumming and tenor and bass drumming in the Grade 1 and 2 band contests at the North American Pipe Band Championships in Maxville, Ontario in 2009. Mike was one of the authors of the adjudicators’ examination for bass and tenor judging in Ontario in 2010. He is an accomplished drum technician having tuned the 6-time Grade One World Champions Simon Fraser University Pipe Band a number of times before their competing at the World Pipe Band Championships.
Mike enjoyed the summer of his dreams in 2010, living in Scotland for the entire summer, guesting as the bass drummer with the Grade One Inveraray and District Pipe Band for the 2010 competitive season. He teamed with PM Stuart Liddell and DS Stephen McWhirter in what will no doubt be one of the powerhouse pipe bands in Scotland in 2010 and beyond! They placed ninth at the World’s (out of 25 bands) and followed that up two weeks later at Cowal where they broke into the prize list with a fifth place finish, a first for a Grade One band in its first year in Grade One.
Mike resides in Chicago, Illinois where he works as an elementary school math teacher for the Chicago Public Schools. Mike contributes much of his success to the support of his wife, MJ, a former piper and his greatest fan. Mike has kindly taken time out from his busy schedule to join us in Georgetown, Texas and we are delighted to have him!