Welcome to the North American Academy of Piping and Drumming!

Updated June 14th, 2024

Registration is now closed for Week 3 RESIDENT students! Day students may still register.

The piping and drumming school was started in 1970 by John MacFadyen of Glasgow, Scotland, and Pipe Major Sandy Jones and offers instruction to all levels of players, beginner to advanced. The school is located at The Valle Crucis Conference Center in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

The mission of the Valle Crucis Conference Center is hospitality, which is evident in the friendly environment. Housing is dormitory-style in rustic, historic buildings. Three hearty meals are served daily and there is ample room on the Center's grounds to practice your instruments, immerse yourself in piping and drumming for the week, socialize, and enjoy the surrounding mountains.

NAAPD is a residential school and we request that you perform a home Covid test the day before you travel to Valle Crucis. We appreciate your support with this for everyone’s safety. Please do not attend if you are ill; we can usually change weeks if necessary.




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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