The Minnesota Pipes and Drums offer piping and drumming instruction free of charge to anyone who wants to learn - people of all backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome to join us. The band also accepts new members via audition.

Part of our mission is introducing a broad range of people to the instruments we love, which boast a rich cultural heritage.

 

Instruction is provided for the bass, snare, and tenor drums, and for the Great Highland bagpipe. Instruction in the art of the Drum Major is also available, and we encourage anyone who may be interested to volunteer as Color Guard.

OUR FREE INSTRUCTION PROGRAMS

Learn more about how you can become a part of the band

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Great Highland Bagpipes

Bagpipe students start out their journey on a practice chanter where students learn basic finger techniques.

 

Eventually, students work their way up to playing on the Great Highland Bagpipes. 

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Snare and Tenor Drums

In our program, snare students learn drum rudiments in the style of traditional Scottish drumming.

 

Tenor drummers will learn the iconic art of flourishing: spinning their mallets while playing.

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Drum Major & Color Guard

No pipe band is complete without a drum major leading the way.

 

Learn how to wield the baton and lead the band, or carry the band's flags at parades.