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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join? 45th Annual Scottish Festival, May 4, 2013

Participation in the band is open to anyone of school age who can meet basic drum or bagpipe instructional milestones. Contact our Band Director, Lisa Frazier, at RHSPB@yahoo.com for more information.

What are the costs?

The band provides uniforms and drums.

Snare drummers require Scottish style drumsticks and a drum pad provided by the band  ($80)  

Tenor and Bass drummers each require drumsticks provided by the band.  ($70)

Beginning Pipers require a practice chanter provided by the band. ($100).  

Performing Pipers have loaner bagpipes available to them but purchasing a set is highly recommended   

The families of both pipers and drummers are asked to contribute $100 per student annually to the Booster Club. 

Any family unable to afford the cost of these items or the Booster fee can discuss this with the Pipe Band Director or the organization’s President and arrangements can be made.  No student is turned away due to financial need.

For more information, please contact our Band Director, Lisa Frazier, at RHSPB@yahoo.com

When and where do we practice?

The Maryland Youth Pipe Band practices Thursday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. and some Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. during the school year.

Practices are held at the Washington Rockville Elks Lodge 15, 5 Taft Court Rockville MD 20850.

Do we participate in Scottish Festivals?

We love Scottish Festivals!  We usually participate in: Southern Maryland Celtic FestivalCentral Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games, and Fairhill Scottish Festival.  We also participate in local events and parades. For almost 50 years, we have hosted the National Capital Area Scottish Festival.  Attracting hundreds of visitors, the Festival showcases several award-winning regional Pipe Bands and Celtic Performers.

How long does it take to progress from the chanter to the bagpipes?

This often depends on how much one practices; however, usually 1 year is a good estimate.

Do I need to take private lessons?

Even though our band members have their weekly lessons that are fully funded through band participation, we encourage band members to take advantage of the many wonderful instructors and advanced members who provide lessons outside of band. With the help on an outside instructor students progress faster and are able to join the performing band sooner.

Is there a sanctioning body for pipers?

Yes, the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA)