Scottish drummer Jim Kilpatrick started playing drums at the age of ten. His progress was so rapid that within two years he was competing at the highest level in Grade 1 competitions.
At the age of fifteen he joined Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band, where he has remained to this day and of which he is now the Drum Major. It was at fifteen that Jim won his first World Drum Corps Championships with the band, the first of his record eighteen such titles, fourteen of which were won with Jim as the band's leading drummer. And these titles include having won the World Drum Corps Championship a record-breaking eleven consecutive times.
Jim Kilpatrick's move into the solo drumming arena proved to be equally successful. He is the current World Solo Drumming Champion, World Solo Champion of Champions and World Drum Corps Champion of Champions. These take Jim's number of world solo wins to a record fourteen in the course of his drumming career.
He has won every major drumming and pipe band championship, including the Champion of Champions , both solo and with the band's drum corps. Jim Kilpatrick's drum corps has been crowned Champion of Champions a record fifteen times and he is the only drummer ever to hold the World Champion and Champion of Champions titles in both solo and drum corps categories at the same time.
Jim Kilpatrick is also the only leading drummer to have won what is known as the “Grand Slam”, taking all five major world championships of the year in the same season.
Jim Kilpatrick's talent and reputation are such that he has been invited to teach in schools all over the world as well as making countless appearances at drum clinics and festivals everywhere, including t he Royal School of Music (in London and Glasgow) and the Percussion Arts Society International convention (in the USA). He was instrumental in the development of the Tendura head and the world famous Premier HTS 200 and HTS 700 snare drums. He now owns his own very successful and renown percussion business, “Jim Kilpatrick Percussion”.
Jim Kilpatrick has received one of the highest accolades in drumming by being presented with the “Lifetime Achievements Award” for drumming by the British chapter of the Percussion Arts Society in London. This ranks Jim as one of the top percussionists in the world, and he is regarded as the world's greatest exponent of the snare drum today. On December 31 st, 200 , Jim was named in the Queen's New Year Honours List as an MBE in recognition of his services to music.
Jim Kilpatrick plays Premier HTS 700, Remo High Tension Tunable Sound Shapes, Remo drum heads and his own Premier Jim Kilpatrick model drumstick.