Membership in the NWT Pipe Band is open to any piper or drummer or anybody who is interested in learning how to play the pipes or drums. The band includes members of all levels, from beginners to former Grade One pipers.  Previous musical experience is not required and the band will provide training for all beginners, including the rudiments of music theory. Prospective pipers and drummers, however, must be prepared to practice at least 15 minutes every day!

Members are required to purchase their own bagpipes and practice chanter or drumsticks and practice drum pad. Practice chanters, drumsticks and practice pads may be purchased from the band. The band has bagpipes and drums that it will loan to members who are making the transition from the practice chanter to the pipes or drum pads to actual drums.

Prospective members are usually recruited in the fall and become junior pipers or drummers and become full members (pipers or drummers) once they are capable of playing the four basic musical sets (Scotland the Brave set, Green Hills set, Barren Rocks of Aden set and any other set). The band practises and instructs Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings at the Weledeh Catholic School.

Getting Started on the Pipes

Getting Started on the Drums