The James J. Coyne Memorial School of Piping and Drumming

The James J. Coyne Memorial School of Piping & Drumming was established in 1992 by Seumas B. Coyne to honor his deceased father. James Coyne started the school in 1982 and operated out of his converted garage. As the success of the school grew, so did its reputation of being one of the finest schools to offer classes in bagpipe instruction.

Seumas expanded the schools in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Sacramento, as well as Los Angeles.

James J. Coyne was born in Roscommon, Ireland and raised in Dumfries, Scotland. He immigrated to New York in 1959 and moved to Los Angeles in 1961. He was one of the founding members of the Los Angeles Scots Pipe Band, which was the first American band in Grade 2 to win the World Pipe Band Championships in 1997. The following year the band elevated to Grade 1 - the highest level you can achieve in pipe band competition. Mr. Coyne taught most of the members during the 70s through the mid-80s.

Our objective is to offer the highest quality of instruction in traditional bagpiping, snare drumming, bass & tenor drumming and drum majoring. We strive to graduate highly proficient players through levels of instruction provided by outstanding teachers.

The James J. Coyne Memorial Foundation

A donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated. The future of bagpiping and drumming depends on a few dedicated masters to perpetuate this ancient art form. The Foundation has been formed to help promote the ancient music and defray the costs associated with the proliferation of the grand traditions. If you would like to contribute financially to the future of bagpiping and drumming, we gratefully welcome your donations as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.