• My fifteen year old son has been taking drum lessons for the last year from Ed Best. I am very pleased with the progress he has been making as well as with the quality of the lessons. Ed Best provides the proper tools, guidance, and suggested amounts of practice time. He also creates a positive and nurturing atmosphere during lesson time.

    Carolyn Stanley

  • My name is Mike Silvestri. I have been taking lessons from Ed for over a year. I am very pleased with Ed, he is infinitely patient and communicates drum technique so it is easy to understand. I started playing (hacking at) drums in 1970. Now with Ed's help I'm actually learning to play drums and read the music. Ed gets my vote for the best teacher.

    Mike Silvestri

  • Attention all pipe and drum lovers! If you want to learn the drums, Ed Best is the man. Every practice with Ed is amazing. His personality and teaching style are awesome. He absolutely shreds! Ed is extremely talented. He has devoted his life to his passion and it definitely shows. To anyone that wants it, let Ed be the one to give it. Thank you Mr. Best!

    Tony Giordano

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Ed Best is a qualified, professional educator with over 30 years of successful pipe band experience and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.  He has held many band and solo titles in all grades including North American Champion, East Coast Champion Supreme, Ontario Champion Supreme, West Coast Champion of Champions, and Canadian Champion. Ed also spent 10 years as a School Music Teacher in all grades from Elementary through the University level.


Ed has competed in, and placed at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in many grades up to and including Grade I.  


Ed is active as an adjudicator at Highland Games throughout the United States.  He is an “A” panel drumming and ensemble judge in the WUSPBA and a drumming judge in the EUSPBA.  He also serves on the Music Board  of WUSPBA, where his primary functions are grading of bands and soloists and Adjudicator training/education and certification.  He recorded a DVD for adjudicator training, available to the general public here http://www.wuspba.org.


Ed is a regular instructor for bands and schools across the country.  He provides instruction to the drummers, helps with music composition and arranging.  He also provides instruction in band ensemble.  His individual students and bands regularly appear in the prize lists at highland games across the country.  Ed understands that everyone is different and has different strengths and goals.  He works hard to be sure that your needs are met.  He has experience teaching ages 4 through 80.