The James J. Coyne Memorial School of Piping & Drumming was established in 1992 by Seumas B. Coyne to honor his deceased father. James Coyne started the school in 1982 and operated out of his converted garage. As the success of the school grew, so did its reputation of being one of the finest schools to offer classes in bagpipe instruction.
Seumas has expanded the schools in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Sacramento, as well as Los Angeles.
James J. Coyne was born in Roscommon, Ireland and raised in Dumfries, Scotland. He immigrated to New York in 1959 and moved to Los Angeles in 1961. He was one of the founding members of the Los Angeles Scots Pipe Band, which was the first American band in Grade 2 to win the World Pipe Band Championships in 1997. The following year the band elevated to Grade 1- the highest level you can achieve in pipe band competition. Mr. Coyne taught most of the members during the 1970’s through the middle of the 1980’s. An accomplishment he would most probably be proud of today.
We cannot do this alone… we need the assistance of people like yourself to help preserve the education of this fine art in the music world. Donations are needed to help secure the school’s future and to allow for grants to youth who cannot afford the materials required for this expensive hobby. A donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated.