Welcome to the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming!

A Message About COVID-19 and NAAPD


Many of you have inquired as to whether NAAPD will continue as scheduled beginning in late June. As it stands today, we are planning on running our programming through the whole summer, Weeks 1-5.

That being said, our number one priority in the gathering of our friends and family from near and far is safety and wellness. While we fervently hope to be back to "business as usual" in the coming weeks, we understand that this dynamic situation could continue to evolve.

There are many different scenarios that could occur between now and June 21st (our first day), and we will endeavor to keep our community informed during that time. NAAPD fully supports the NC Department of Health and Human Services, local and federal government, and Valle Crucis Conference Center directives.

Should we have to cancel any or all programming, we will offer two choices for a full refund to those who have already paid: a credit back to your original method of payment, or a credit towards registration in 2021.

We appreciate your support in this difficult time. I know that we will work through it together.

Stay safe. Stay at home if you can. Wash your hands. Practice. Be well. And practice! : )

The piping and drumming school was started by the late John McFayden, of Glasgow, Scotland, and Pipe Major Sandy Jones. The school's professional instructors conduct one-week classroom instruction on all aspects of piping and drumming.

We are celebrating 50 years of the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming with a reunion ceilidh on July 4, 2020 in the Apple Barn! It will be a great time to catch up with alumni old and new and celebrate good music and good times! We will have music, refreshments and beverages, including beer and wine, but you can also BYOB. Lodging is available at the conference center - $100 for the weekend per person. Please contact the Conference Center directly for reservations at (828) 963-4453. We hope you can join us! We cherish our memories over the years with you and all of our past instructors. Who has the oldest t-shirt?

Room, board and tuition are included at a very reasonable price. Resident and Day Student programs available.

Come join us in 2020 as we celebrate our 50th year!

Ed Neigh Scholarship
The Apostle Brian's First Epistle to the Valle Crucians by Ed Neigh
June 2009 - Second Week Ceilidh



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