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The bagpipe, or Great Highland War Pipe, is a Scottish instrument that can trace its roots back to Egyptian, Greek, and Roman times.

The bagpipe is a wind instrument with four reeds. A chanter reed provides the melody while three drone reeds provide the harmonic hum. The bag is a reservoir of air that the piper alternately blows and squeezes to produce a steady sound.

Beginning pipers will purchase a practice chanter, an instrument similar to a recorder with a double reed. The chanter has nine notes with no sharps or flats. Tunes are embellished with grace notes.

Once fingering is mastered, pipers purchase their own bagpipes.

You will learn to play marches, strathspeys, reels, hornpipes, jigs, and slow airs. You will enjoy the “quickening of the crowd” as you add your skirl of the pipes to both ancient and modern tunes.

Traditionally, pipers are valued members of the Scottish communities and are always crowd pleasers.

The drum section consists of snare, tenor, and bass drums.

The snare drum, or side drum, provides the cadence for marching and a rhythmical accompaniment to the pipe music.

Tenor drummers provide spectacular visual effects both beating and twirling their sticks.

The base drummer set the musical tempo from solemn slow marches to quick jigs.

Drums are provided. Drummers only need to purchase sticks and a practice drum pad.

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