Ed Best began his drumming career in 1982 with his Dad’s Band in Grove City, PA where he competed in grade 4 until 1992. During which time he competed in the EUSPBA, MWPBA, and the PPBSO, winning many band and drumming titles throughout the USA and Canada under D/S Mark Humphrey. Ed then moved to the North Coast Pipe Band as the drum corporal, and competed in both grade 3 and grade 2 most notably, winning the North American Championships, the PPBSO Champion Supreme, and 4th Place at the World Championships.
In 1998 Ed then moved to California to play with the LA Scots Pipe Band under D/S Carl Lenny. During his tenure the band place 11th at the World Championships twice and even won the drumming for the qualifying round. Ed then took over as D/S of the Misty Isle Organization where he developed a program and curriculum which took the band from grade 4 with only 2 snare drummers to a fully developed multi grade program with 16 snare drummers. 80% of these drummers were taught from scratch by Ed. The “A” band was promoted to grade 2, three years after Ed joined the band.
Ed is a professional educator with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, emphasis in percussion, from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He spent 10 years as a School General Music Teacher and Band Director in all grades from Elementary through the University level.
In 2005 Ed became a pipe band adjudicator. He is very active 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.