Join the Band
The LSFRMPB is a place where students learn to play the pipes or drums, but also a place where they learn teamwork, camaraderie, and leadership, and have fun while doing it. Individual and band competition is an optional part of membership in the band, but musical instruction and group performance is the focus.
Youth between the ages of 8 and 18 may join the band as a beginner piper, snare drummer, tenor drummer or bass drummer. Beginner instruction is either individual or small group instruction, and all progress at their own pace. All instruction is free. Bagpipes and drums are provided when they are ready to use the instruments; beginners are required to purchase their own practice chanter or drumsticks and practice pads.
Beginners practice on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 throughout the school year. Full members of the band practice from 9:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays, and pipers have additional practices on Monday evenings. Practices are usually held at the Sturgeon Creek United Church at 207 Thompson Drive, but alternate locations are also used on occasion. In addition to practicing, the band performs a number of times throughout the year.
The band is always looking for new recruits. Please feel free to contact Bill Bracken at (204) 296-8421 or via email for additional information. Youth and their parents are encouraged to stop in and see a practice at any time throughout the year.