By Rifleman Suman Adhikari, Pipes & Drums Platoon, The Second Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles

Embarking on a 6-month highland drumming course is a challenging endeavour that requires dedication, perseverance and a passion for music. For me, this journey not only led to mastering the art of highland drumming and bugling but also earned the title of the most improved student in the course.

With a basic understanding of drumming fundamentals and a strong desire to learn, I embarked on this musical journey with determination and enthusiasm. Throughout the course, I demonstrated unwavering commitment to practice and improvement. I have followed the guidance of my instructor Corporal Raju Tamang (The First Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles), dedicating hours to perfecting drumming techniques, mastering traditional rhythms, and honing their musical skills.
As the course progressed, I have encountered challenges and obstacles along the way. However, instead of becoming discouraged, I embraced these challenges as opportunities for growth and learning.

Most Improved Student on the Highland Drumming Course 2024
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As the months passed, my hard work and dedication began to pay off. I have experienced breakthrough moments during performances, demonstrating confidence, precision, and musicality in drumming.

At the end of the 6-month highland drumming course, my remarkable progress and dedication did not go unnoticed.

I was honoured with the title of the most improved student in the course. This success serves as an inspiration to others, showcasing the transformative power of dedication, perseverance, and passion in pursuing one’s musical dreams.