Join the Band!

Recruits Wanted!

Williamsburg Pipes & Drums
is currently seeking Pipers and Drummers
of all skill levels!

Please contact us for more information!

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Lessons and Practice

Due to Coronavirus: We meet on Zoom every Wednesday at 5:30pm. Please Contact Us for more information. We would love to meet you! 😊

Frequently Asked Questions

What materials do I need to buy? Where can I buy them?


PIPING Pipe students need to have a practice chanter and the " Beginning the Bagpipe" book by Sandy Jones. Eventually students will need to buy their own set of bagpipes (typically after a year of instruction on practice chanter). DRUMMING Drum students will need a drum pad and sticks. RESOURCES




How long will it take me to learn to play the bagpipe?


A dedicated student might spend 6 months to a year learning basic fingerwork and tunes on the practice chanter. Once they master the practice chanter, the student may spend an additional year learning how to setup, maintain, wrestle with, and finally... play the bagpipe. Know that playing the bagpipe is not easy... the journey is the reward!




How do I get started with lessons?


  1. Send us a message!
    • Let us know you're interested in learning either the pipes or drums and tell us a little bit about yourself. You can send us a message using our contact form.
  2. Then come visit us!
    • Lessons typically happen every Wednesday from 6:30pm - 7pm at Berkley's Green Club House ( map). We teach dedicated students with the hope that they will join the band one day.
RESOURCES
  • Dojo University
    • This is an online community for bagpipe instruction. They provide articles, video instruction and even live online classes for members. A great resource for pipers of all levels!




What's it like being part of the band?


The Williamsburg Pipes and Drums are a non-competition band. We play for local events and charities around Williamsburg, Virginia. As an individual piper, you may have the opportunity to play additional events as well. Band practice is typically every Wednesday at 7pm at Berkley's Green Club House ( map). Note that practice is right after student lessons which typically run from 6:30pm-7pm.





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