Shirley Pipe Band

Tuesday Practice Meetings

19:30 until 21:30 - First Shirley Scout Headquarters

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 First Shirley Scout Headquarters may be found adjacent to the Parkgate shopping centre in Shirley, Solihull, opposite Stanway Road. Visitors coming by car are advised to park in the underground Parkgate car park - see directions below. DO NOT use the post code for the HQ because there is restricted parking around the building.

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Friday Practice Meetings

20:00 until 22:00 - Light Hall School (sometimes the Scout HQ)

Full Band practices are held on Fridays, for all full members and suitably experienced learner members. Initially 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 - see directions below.

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Visitors are welcome at band practices but please first contact the Secretary to ensure the practice will take place as expected.

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Directions for Driving

For First Shirley Scout Headquarters

  • from "Poppy Island", the intersection of Stratford Road (A3400) and Haslucks Green Road, follow signposts to Parkgate, turning left at the traffic lights and down into the underground car park. Park towards the rear of the car park.
  • take the travelator or lift up to Asda, walk past the store and into the open air. Shirley Royal British Legion Club should be on your right. Just beyond the club is a walkway into a service yard where you will find the Scout Headquarters.

For Light Hall School

  • if approaching from Birmingham, drive down the Stratford Road (A3400) and use Sainsbury's island to turn back the way you have come.
  • from Sainsbury's island on the Stratford Road, take the second left into Shakespeare Drive then left into Hathaway Road.
  • the entrance into Light Hall School is opposite Woodlands Lane. Park in one of the spaces on the left of the drive, and walk to the Reception entrance opposite where the drive bends to the left.
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