The Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band (CHCPB) will be offering piping and drumming lessons in a group setting beginning September 18th 2014 for their 2014/15 Program season.
They 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.
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 Robert Malcolm Memorial Grade 2 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.
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 Grade 2 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 6 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 (arrive at 6:45pm) for those looking to learn how to play the bagpipes, drums or highland dancing 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.
Registration is now open for the September 18, 2014 to June 2015 program. Program cost will be $400 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, they will provide you with loaner practice chanters, drum sticks and pads to start, you can be purchase these from the Society at a great price as you progress.
They have 20 spaces open for pipers and 20 spaces for drummers; they expect these to fill up fast so act early to reserve a spot. The program will run from the end of September 2014 to June 2015, 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.
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