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Drum Corporal Dennis Barnett

Name:   Dennis Barnett

Email:   dennis_barnett@hvrpolicepipesanddrums.org
County:   Orange
Occupation:   Town of Montgomery Police Sergeant
Position In Band:   Drum Sgt.

Family Coat of Arms Clan Tartan

When did you start drumming? 1983
How did you get your start in drumming? I played in a Marching Band, when I was a young kid.  I learned the basic rudiments, and then went on to study music in school.  I learned how to play other percussion instruments (like the drum set, and tympani drums) I continued studying drums while in College.
Who was/were your teacher(s)? Mr. Marty Celantano, Mr. John Nash, and Mr. Jim Barnett (my Father)
What make of drum did you play before moving onto Drum Major?  Premiere
Favorite Pipe tune? Rakes of Mallow
Favorite Pipe band? I have many favorites throughout the police, and professional bands.
What bands have you played with? HVR Police Pipes and Drums, VCHS Jazz and Marching Band, University of Scranton Concert Band and numerous rock and blues bands throughout the area.
What is your most memorable moment during your drumming career? Playing all of the 9/11 memorials with the HVR Police Pipes and Drums (including a memorial for a close personal friend (Mike Costello) who was lost in the attacks.
What would your wish be for the band in the next few years? To continue to have fun, and professionally play pipe music for the police agencies of the Hudson valley.
What is the best tip that you can suggest to a new drummer? Keep practicing; play with your heart, and soul. Have fun and remember: "Don't just hit the skins play them."