Our members come from many backgrounds and walks of life. Most
have a Celt or two in the gene pool, but it isn't a requirement!
A love of highland music, however, IS!
Like most country bands, we suffer from the drift of our young people to
the larger cities: too many of our younger members just reach a level of
competence when they have to move away for their education or their work. Nevertheless,
we have managed to maintain a core of about eight pipers and three or four
drummers, and we are always on the lookout for new members.
Learning to Play:
We offer individual and group tuition, free of charge, in both the pipes
and the drums. Anyone interested in learning to play these ancient
and emotionally-charged instruments should contact the Secretary, Margaret
How Long will it Take:
The pipes: learning to play this instrument
requires dedication and it will take most people 12-18 months to gain some
proficiency. It is usual
to learn on a Practice Chanter [Below] before graduating to the full
instrument. It's a help if you can read music, but not essential. About
half an hour's practice a day is desirable.
(the "twirly type" of drumming) is the easiest to
learn, and looks very impressive.
is more elaborate and takes longer. Progression to the playing
band can take from 6 to 18 months.
Most of the pipers in the band own their own sets of pipes – many of them
heirlooms which have been passed down for almost a century. However,
the band does have some sets of pipes which are available free to playing members
on permanent loan. We also have several drums which are available on
the same basis.
The band has a supply of uniforms which are available to playing members free
The band practices weekly from 8.00pm to 9.30pm on Wednesdays at the Old Aerodrome
Ovals Pavilion, off 11th St. (the last entrance
on the left, before the Flora Ave turn-off towards Merbein). You're
welcome to drop in.
Contact us for more info