Tuesdays are aimed predominently at learner members, beginning from scratch with bagpipe, side drum, or tenor drum. Individual tuition is given until the learner is ready to attend Friday practices. Established members also use Tuesdays to tackle tunes being introduced to the Band's repertoire as well as continuing to perfect the existing repertoire.
Practices are held most Tuesdays except for public holidays and occasions when the Headquarters are not available. The 1st Shirley Scout Headquarters may be found off the main shopper car park on Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull, opposite Stanway Road. Post Code B90 3AQ. Map
Full Band practices are held on Fridays, for all full members and suitably experienced learner members. The first hour is used to train side drummers, then from 20:00 the pipers, side drummers, and bass section practice tunes separately. From 21:00 the whole Band practices together, covering tunes, discipline, marching, and our repertoire of marching sequences for displays.
Friday practices normally take place every week except for Good Friday, all Fridays in August, and the Christmas / New Year period. Light Hall School is located in Hathaway Road, off Shakespeare Drive, in Shirley. Post Code B90 2PZ. Map
Visitors and prospective learners are welcome at Band practices, though prior contact with the Pipe Major is advisable to ensure the practice will take place as expected.
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