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Bagpipe and Drumming Lessons Available in North Surrey

The Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band (CHCPB) will be offering piping and drumming lessons in a group setting beginning at the end of January 2014. We have four instructors ready to teach those ages 10 years of age to adult the fine art of playing the Great Highland Bagpipes and side, tenor or bass drum.

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Kyle Banta, a grade 1 piper in the solo ranks and has been teaching piping for 10 years. Kyle is also a very experienced side drummer and will be teaching in the drumming program. Kyle currently plays with the RMM Pipe Band.

Robert Millar, Drum Sgt of our pipe band has been drumming for more than 30 years in all forms of drumming from rock, military to pipe and brings a great dynamic to the drum program. Rob is the chief instructor of the drumming program.

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Danielle Warren, a grade 2 piper in the solo ranks and experienced instructor. Danielle will be teaching in the piping program. Danielle currently plays with the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band.

Garth Newlands, Pipe Major of our pipe band has been piping for 18 years. Garth has been teaching adults piping for the past 5 years and taught in the cadet program for 9 years. Garth is the chief instructor of the piping program.

Located in North Surrey’s Central City area we will hold lessons on Thursday evenings from 7:00pm till 8:00pm for those looking to learn how to play the bagpipes and drums or to advance their skills. Lessons are held at 13525 106th Ave in the Upstairs Hall of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #229. The pipe band will practice following the lessons from 8:00pm to 9:30pm those capable of playing are welcome to join the pipe band.

Complete program details can be obtained by emailing learning@chcpb.ca and the chief instructors will be able to answer all your questions on the program.

As an introduction, the January to June 2014 program fee will be $250 per person which includes the $10 Society Membership dues. This is a fantastic price for group lessons. Compare private lessons at $25 for a half hour lesson once per week and you can see the great savings you are getting.

Group lessons are a fun and exciting way to learn and meet new friends. You don’t require anything to get started, we will provide you with loaner practice chanters, drum sticks and pads to start, you can purchase these from the Society at a great price as you progress.

We have 20 spaces open for pipers and 20 spaces for drummers; we expect these to fill up fast so act early to reserve a spot. The program will run from the end of January to June 2014, the program takes a break for the summer and will start up again in September and run till the following June.

The CHCPB was founded in February 2002 and has been entertaining the community at Scottish New Years, New Years, Robbie Burns Day, St Patrick’s Day, Canada Day, Fusion Fest, BC Lions Half Time, Remembrance Day and many more parades and events during this time throughout the lower mainland in Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Surrey, Cloverdale, Langley, Fort Langley and White Rock throughout the years.

Program Overview

Introduction to piping

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will begin in September and run till December when students will then move into the Beginner program from January till June
  • For those students who have never played an instrument or do not read music

Beginner piping

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will run September till June
  • Students you have completed the Intro to Piping or who are capable of reading music and have played another instrument

Junior piping

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will run September till June
  • Those who are capable of playing the chanter and sight read pipe music
  • Learning how to play the bagpipes, tuning and maintenance

Intermediate piping

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will run September till June
  • Those who are capable of playing the bagpipes
  • Able to compete in local competitions

Introduction to Drumming

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will begin in September and run till December when students will then move into the Beginner program from January till June.
  • For those students who have never played an instrument or do not read music

Beginner Drumming

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will run September till June
  • Students you have completed the Intro to Drumming or who are capable of reading music and have played another instrument

Junior Drumming

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will run September till June
  • Those who are capable of playing the drum and sight read pipe music
  • Learning how to play the side, tenor or bass, tuning and maintenance

Intermediate Drumming

  • No younger than 10 years of age
  • Will run September till June
  • Those who are capable of playing the side, tenor or bass drum
  • Able to compete in local competitions

Pipe Band Grade 4

  • Ideally 16 years or older, at Pipe Majors and Drum Sgt discretion
  • Those who are playing at an intermediate level
  • Capable of playing all the tunes in the current years music library
  • Able to learn new tunes in a short period of time
  • Join band on parade and functions
  • Capable of marching in parades
  • Able to compete in local competitions.

Find out more about us at www.chcpb.ca or www.facebook.com/CHCPB or www.facebook.com/groups/chcpb.learning
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