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Premier announces Mike Cole to join its family
25 January 2012
Premier is pleased to welcome renowned educator and clinician Mike Cole to its family of endorsing artists.
As one of the world’s foremost experts in pipe band bass and tenor drumming, Mike has also instructed in workshops throughout North America and Scotland. He has written volumes of bass and tenor scores and has served as a drum technician and consultant to some of the world’s top level competitive bands.
Mike began playing the drumset in 1964 played professionally for 15 years in a wide variety of bands working with several Chicago blues and R&B artists before becoming active in pipe bands in 1987.
In 1998 Mike won Best Bass award in Grade 2 at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow and numerous North American trophies. His bass sections secured the Grade 2 North American titles in 2004 and 2005 as well as Grade 1 in 2006, 2007 and 2011.
Mike won the Midwest Highland Arts Fund’s Davis Drums Gold Medal in the professional bass drumming competition in 2007. Since then he served as a judge and instructor at the event for three years, and is now a member of the board of directors.
He was asked to fill a vacant bass drumming position for the Grade 1 Inveraray and District Pipe Band in 2009, moving to Scotland for the summer, playing all of the major contests of the 2010 season, and then trained his replacement for the 2011 season.
Shortly after returning to his home in Chicago, Mike accepted the bass drumming position with the Grade 1 City of Chicago Pipe Band where the drum corps choose HTS 800 side drums and Premier Professional Series bass and tenor drums.
In April of 2012 Mike will head out along the famous Route 66 highway across the USA as part of a group of all-star pipers and drummers, conducting a number of performances and workshops along the route from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California.
“From a midsection player's perspective, the Premier Professional Series is providing us with excellent tonal quality, a wide range of pitch possibilities, and simply beautiful timbre qualities" says Mike. " We’re very pleased with every aspect of the design and quality of this product: superb finish, precise bearing edges, sturdy hoops and hardware. It’s all there. The rest is up to us!”
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