Alison Geal Wins World Juvenile Solo Tenor Drum Championship

Coatbridge pupil is a world beater
Practice makes perfect for drummer Alison / November 24, 2014

A Coatbridge pupil with a passion for drumming has surpassed all her expectations after being crowned world champion.

Alison Geal (16) won the World Solo Tenor Drum Championship in the Juvenile MSR4 category at the World Solo Drumming Championships 2014 on Saturday 18 October at Glasgow Caledonian University.

The Coatbridge High School pupil said: “To be honest, it hasn’t really sunk in yet; I’m still a bit stunned! It’s been absolutely amazing – last year I was fourth, so I was hoping to do well but didn’t expect to win.”

There were 15 other competitors in her category from all around the world.

“I’ve had a huge amount of support from my school, my instructor David Henderson and of course from my mum and dad – I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Alison only began drumming three years ago, she plays in the North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band and also with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland….

Alison…plans to become a music teacher…. She is currently studying Higher Music and, as well as drumming, also sings and plays the keyboard.

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