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Introducing Gracie McPhee… The Terrible Tenor

Gracie McPhee was a tenor drummer with green glitter in her hair, a fuzzy fuchsia sporran and purple polka dot stockings.

No matter what anyone said, Gracie refused to practice her drumming.

"Practice makes my tummy ache and my head hurt!" she told Pipe Major Pete at rehearsal.

Gracie McPhee was just a Terrible Tenor Drummer…

And so begins the tale of Gracie McPhee, a picture book about one girl's wild ride at the Highland Games. You won't want to miss the action as bagpipers, dancers and drummers fall prey to Gracie's charm and mischeif.

THE TERRIBLE TENOR is now available!

Order your copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble today.

You can Become a Terrible Tenor Ambassador!

Do you have a passion for sharing tenor drumming or Scottish music with children? The Terrible Tenor starring Gracie McPhee invites you to become an official Terrible Ambassador.

What’s involved? Your willingness to share the book and an enthusiastic music demonstration with a school near you! It’s easy:

  1. Have the school library order the book online from Amazon or Barnes and Noble or take your own copy
  2. Contact author, Bev Parnell, for your Terrible Ambassador Toolkit with choice of postcards, tattoos, bookmarks, stickers and coloring pages
  3. Have fun reading the book and sharing some Scottish music and education!

www.terribletenor.com will feature stories and photos of Terrible Ambassadors in action, so be sure to share. For more information email Bev Parnell . Thanks and have a "Terrible" day!


Follow Gracie McPhee on The Terrible Tenor Facebook page,
and now on Twitter too!

World Champion tenor drummer Tyler Fry
has this to say about Gracie...

Star drummer, Gracie McPhee, treats readers to a wee taste of Scotland within the world of highland games. I'm confident that drummers (and bagpipers) of all ages will revel in Gracie's terrible antics, mischief and ultimate redemption! Enjoy!

There's a lot of excitement and enthusiasm among the tenor drummers and their respective band colleagues about the opportunity to showcase tenor drumming in a highly entertaining and fun manner. From the Lord of the Todd Challenge in Glasgow, the Innovation Invitational Competition, to newly created solo tenor drumming competitions springing up in every Pipe Band Association around the world....without a doubt we're just getting started!

As a profession, passion or hobby, tenor drumming has enjoyed an explosion over the past decade throughout North America. The Terrible Tenor is a celebration of the popularity of tenor drumming and chance to expose younger audiences to this incredible art form.

Tyler Fry

Thanks to...

Our sincere thanks and gratitude to the Celtic Arts Foundation (Mt. Vernon, WA) for their generous support of The Terrible Tenor project by awarding a grant to author Beverly Parnell!

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