1. Beginning Pipe Instruction

We want and will teach beginners! 

You don't need any previous musical knowledge...we will teach you everything, from the beginning.


You need to get a PRACTICE CHANTER (which you can order on-line, or through the band), and a 3-ring notebook.  It would also help you to eventually get a music stand.

We provide the music and the instruction.


You will learn:
  • How to correctly hold the chanter and play the notes.
  • How to read music.
  • How to memorize music.
  • How to do pipe band drill movements and commands
  • Eventually, how to play the bagpipes, themselves (you start first on the Practice Chanter).

After about one month (four sessions), you should be able to play a simple version of "Amazing Grace." 

The people who succeed "just keep at it" (they are persistent) and try to practice a little every day (...meaning that they are consistent).

You can learn a lot, once you've learned (and can do) basic technique and how to read (understand) Scottish pipe music notation.


To Register to start learning to play the Scottish Highland Bagpipes, please contact:

Jim Campbell, Lt Colonel:  Jim Campbell           719-541-4275

Neil Gillette, Pipe Major:  neil80222@gmail.com       303-332-6133

Beginning piping students study with a mentor-piper, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, then also do some pipe band drill and deportment work from 2:30-3:30 (or even as late as 4:30 p.m.).  Band practice is at the Kiowa Masonic Lodge, 304 Pawnee St., Kiowa, Colorado (from September thru May). 


Below are files, which together, can be two session's worth of learning, or can be split into four or five learning sessions.

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Neil Gillette,
Jun 24, 2015, 4:59 AM
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Neil Gillette,
Jun 24, 2015, 4:59 AM
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Neil Gillette,
Jun 24, 2015, 4:59 AM
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Neil Gillette,
Jun 24, 2015, 5:00 AM
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Neil Gillette,
Nov 5, 2015, 7:21 AM
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Neil Gillette,
Sep 3, 2016, 7:45 PM