Become a Piper or Drummer

Lessons are free to anyone interested in joining the band as a piper or drummer. The band meets on Tuesday nights at 6 pm. From September through May, we meet at the First Presbyterian Church. In June, July, and August, we meet at Flesher Field in Oshtemo.

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About Learning to Play the Great Highland Bagpipes

You can get started this week, contact us! All the equipment you need now is a good quality practice chanter. Two Michigan vendors —Duncan Highland Supply  and Henderson Imports — can take care of your needs. The key to success is practice, practice, practice! Twenty minutes a day is recommended. We’ll make sure you’re on track. Students typically take 6 months to a year to work through the fundamentals of blowing and fingering, learn 4-6 basic tunes, and get ready to transition to the pipes. Former students have gone on to play in pipe bands at Alma College and the College of Wooster, but you are never too old to begin.

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About Highland Drumming

The Kalamazoo Pipe Band teaches highland drumming, also called Scottish drumming or pipe band drumming, on Tuesday evenings. Students are offered instruction during the first part of the evening, followed by “band practice” in which the students can join in on the tunes they have successfully learned.

Jim Kilpatrick KP2 sticks are recommended and locally available. (read more about highland drumming)


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