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JOINING THE BAND and F.A.Q.

BECOME A MEMEMBER:

Do you already play the pipes or drums? Are you looking to learn how to play the pipes, drums, or an accomplished musician? Becoming a member of the band for a current piper or drummer in the Tulsa area it is only a matter of attending practices and getting to know our portfolio of music.

New to the pipes, drums, or just music in general? There is only one extra step and that is getting you started. In the interim go ahead and come to practice, it can only help you get the feel of the unique style of piping and drumming.

We welcome all who wish to learn the Great Highland Pipes

WHERE DOES CTPD PRACTICE?:

The City of Tulsa Pipes and Drums practices every Thursday evening from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Asbury United Methodist Church, 6767 S. Mingo Rd., Tulsa

ARE REHEARSALS OPEN TO PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS?:

ABSOLUTELY! The City of Tulsa Pipes and Drums welcomes all those interested in learning, or listening, to the Great Highland Pipes and Scottish Style Drumming. Feel free to drop by one of our rehearsal to get to know the pipers and drummers of CTPD. It is also a great opportunity to hear the pipes and drums live in a casual setting.

BAGPIPES...HARD TO LEARN?:

As with any other instrument the pipes will give you back what you put into them with time and practice. Yes it is a different breed of instrument for those who have played woodwind, brass, or strings but it is a challenge that all our pipers find worth the effort and very rewarding. The learning curve may seem to be a little high at first, but as with anything, practice makes you as good of a piper as you wish to be.

WHAT ABOUT SCOTTISH DRUMMING?:

Scottish drumming is different from American style marching, DCI, or concert drumming in its rudiments and fundementals. This holds true for the mid-section (bass and tenor drums) to snare. It is a fun style and even more fun to learn. If you have ever seen a pipe band in competition or marching in your local parade you have probably seen the "flourishing" tenor drummer. They are the drummers spinning (flourishing) their mallets which makes for a very spectacular visual display. Most pipe bands are never short of drummers in the mid-section or snare. The more drummers a pipe band has the more dynamic range the band possesess.

HOW DO I LEARN TO PLAY THE PIPES OR DRUMS?:

The CTPD has many experienced musicians that offer instruction at very reasonable rates and a tutor is very helpful. Feel free to ask any of the band members you may see at a performance for information, or contact us via e-mail, and we will get you the information you need to get started.

IS THERE A MIMIMUM AGE FOR BEGINNERS?:

If you are old enough to play the instrument without tripping over it, you are welcome in this band. The age range for the CTPD is from middle school through retirement. We are sometimes joined on parades by a wee tenor drummer in elementary school. Truly, the earlier a piper or drummer begins the better!

DO YOU HAVE TO BE SCOTTISH?:

Not at all. You can be a MacGregor, a "Mac" Jones, or a "Mac" Smith we do not care. Though you must love the sounds of the Great Highland Pipes and Drums! The Scots did not use them to intimidate their enemies without reason.


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