|Why are you forming a new
Many of us
are looking for a change from
the current pipe band structure
and focus on teaching and
learning traditional tunes
and keeping the band politics to
a minimum. We have
selected the sets
with traditional tunes that all
pipers should know, therefore
keeping it simple but clean.
We are focused on giving the
audiences a great performance
playing the tunes they recognize
and love to hear.
Click here for our band
held in the South Denver area at
Church of the Covenant.
If you are interested in coming
to a practice please contact us.
We also have sponsors to
support a new band.
What are the requirements to join?
All pipers and drummers will have to pass proficiency in
order to play for performances.
The main proficiency test will be playing the March Set
1, The March Set 2, Retreat Set, the Irish Set, Loch Lomond Set,
Burns' Set and Slow Aire tunes either
solo or with up to two other pipers of choice. Drummers with at
least one piper.
All members will be voted in
by members of the band.
Yearly support fee of $50
Will you be providing lessons for new pipers and drummer?
The band offers instruction
for piping and drumming as an
encouragement and incentive for
attracting new members. An
instructional program has been
designed to meet the needs of
the individual member and the
band as a whole. Student
fees for lessons from the band
is $25 per month. This includes
two 1 hour band lessons per
month. Plus additional workshops
The band will also provide
instruction for the pipe and
drum corps through a variety of
mechanisms when available
sessions with outside
instructors, band workshops, and
incentives for individual
It is highly recommended to
take private lessons outside of
the band. We can help find and
set up individuals with
What is the uniform?
The uniform to start will be a kilt with tartan of choice ( no
utility type kilts ), white short sleeve shirt, black tie, black
vest, black Glengarry, white piper hose, black gillie brogues,
flashes and sporran of choice. Cold weather members should
have a black v-neck military sweater and a rain cape. (uniform
pieces and some prices) Members are required to supply there
Band Tartan: Ancient Caledonian (click
here to view)
Will the band supply any of the uniforms or equipment?
The band is starting with some sponsorship
donations which will help in some of the start up costs such as:
Chanters and reeds, drums, tent, other fees, etc....
Once the funds are raised the band will supply kilts with a
deposit from the band members.
Where does the tunes selection come from?
Mainly from three sources ( but not limited to )
1..The School of Piping Essential Tunes Volume 1 and 2
2. RSPBA Music Appreciation Program (MAP) for Grade 4
3. Scots Guards Books 1 and 2
4. Mass band tunes
Why limit to these tunes?
Mainly to learned traditional tunes like Green Hill of Tyrol
and When the Battle's O'er which are played at mass bands and by
almost every other pipe band in the world. So by staying with
more traditional tunes the goal is that the piper can
learn tunes that are played around the world and that all
pipers should have in their repertoire.
This of course does not say we cannot play other tunes for
Are pipers and drummers tired of playing the same old
thing over and over?
Yes, I am sure a lot of them are. However, remember that a
pipe band is really there for the audience. The audience
typically wants the traditional recognizable tunes like Scotland
the Brave and Amazing Grace. During mass bands at Highland Games
you always play Green Hill's of Tyrol and the When the Battle's
O'er. It is part of the duty of being a piper and a drummer in a
Remember that your favorite rock band most likely plays the same
songs almost every day for ever, and they sound great because of
it. ( Well most rock bands )
What if I find the tunes boring and the competition set is
just not a challenge for me?
There are other great pipe bands in Colorado (including grade
3 bands) who are always looking for great pipers and drummers.
Hopefully they could provide you with a better challenge.
When and where do you practice?
Currently we practice Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30.
We are currently practicing at Presbyterian Church of the
Covenant in the DTC area. If you
are interested in coming to a practice please contact us.