Learning to Play

We run a learning programme on Tuesday evenings at the Band Hall from 6.30pm.  Here we introduce learners to bagpipes and drumming so that they will get involved in the community, join a fantastic and fun social atmosphere and above all learn to play some wonderful music. The programme has been designed to develop pipers and drummers naturally and progressively so that learners successfully integrate into the band and one day travel up and down the country participating in many varied events

Our Expectations

The Red Hackle Pipe Band has a commitment to provide high quality tutors, has proven training resources and has a fun and positive learning environment. Our expectation from learners is that they will make a commitment to complete the necessary practice between sessions as directed by their tutor. This will ensure suitable progress is maintained and the goal of playing in the band is achieved.

Our Tutors

We are fortunate to have a number of experienced tutors involved in the learning programme including some very successful players such as Davey Welsh, our Pipe Major, who has played with the World Championship winning Grade 1 band Shotts & Dykehead from Scotland, David Sutherland, who has played with one of the leading New Zealand Grade 1 bands, Manawatu Scottish, as well as drumming tutors Trina Berry and Angus Crowe of the New Zealand Police.

Tuition is generally group based but some individual tuition may be available.

Learners (and parents!) are invited to stay after their lessons to hear the full band practice and get involved with the band as much as they can.

Below are two of our learners winning a trophy at a local pipe band camp and a picture of the development band in action!

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