Basic information for beginning pipers and drummers

So you want to play the great Highland bagpipes . . . ?

Well then, we’re here to help.

A couple pieces of required equipment are:

1) Practice Chanter - used to train the fingers and the mind to produce musical notes.

2) College of Piping Book 1 - used to learn notes, embellishments, and tunes.



Using these two things, with an instructor watching, listening, and giving realtime feedback, will have you on your way to “playing the pipes” in no time. As with learning any other musical instrument, your level of commitment and effort will have a great effect on the amount of time it will take to advance from the practice chanter to the pipes.

Focused listening to good solo pipe and pipe band music can help learning on both subliminal and conscious levels.

It’s also a good idea to be saving for a set of pipes while learning the notes, embellishments, timing and idioms of tunes, etc. on the practice chanter.


So you want to play the pipe band side drum . . . ?

Again, we can help.

A couple pieces of required equipment are:

1) Practice Pad - used to train the fingers, wrists, forearms, and the mind to produce musical notes.

2) Drum Sticks - used to beat on the practice pad.



Using these two things, with an instructor watching, listening, and giving realtime feedback, will have you on your way to “playing the drum” in no time. As with learning any other musical instrument, your level of commitment and effort will have a great effect on the amount of time it will take to advance from the practice pad to the side drum.

Focused listening to good solo Highland side drum and pipe band music can help learning on both subliminal and conscious levels.

Instruction in playing the pipe band tenor and bass drums is available also.

DTPB provides snare drums, tenor drums, and bass drums to the drum corps.


Dedicated students and band members may receive scholarship funds to help defray the costs of attending a summer school of piping and drumming.