Shirley Pipe Band

Learner Membership

Overview

We have a continuous process of training new members and always welcome anyone who has the desire to learn the requisite musical and marching skills to perform with the band. The only stipulation is that you need the capability to carry your instrument and march, and that you are prepared to commit the time necessary to learn. Learning one of our instruments is fun and it provides you with a lifelong skill. Out trainers are dedicated in helping people to learn.

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Bagpipe tuition using Practice Chanters
Bagpipe tuition using Practice Chanters
Side Drum tuition using Drum Pads
Side Drum tuition using Drum Pads

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Costs

We ask for a refundable deposit of £30 from any learner member, covering band equipment loaned during the learning period. After that everything is free: tuition is free, provision of instrument is free, and ultimately the band uniform is provided free. Your only non-returnable cost is your time!

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Learning Process

We run training in each of the skill areas: for pipers; for side drummers; for tenor drummers; and less frequently for bass drummers and for drum majors / mace bearers. For each we have a defined training plan, detailing all the steps along the learning process and allowing progress to be monitored. Learners are assigned to tutors, and everything is overseen by a training co-ordinator. This may seem very formal for an amateur band but it reflects the reality that it takes a lot of time and effort by tutor and learner to become proficient in the instrument and it is in everyone's interest to maximise the return on this investment.

Each learner progresses through mastering rudiments for their instrument, learning tunes, and attending full practice meetings to learn marching skills. Once these are all mastered, a uniform is issued and the new member is unleashed upon the public.

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Next Steps

If you are interested in becoming a learner member, check the details of our practices and contact our Secretary or Pipe Major as detailed on the Contacts page, or contact vacancies@shirleypipeband.com.

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