Want to earn your own Blue Bonnet ?
We currently have a few spaces for pipers, snare drummers and tenor drummers to join the band.
What was once a group of strangers with a shared dream is now a family. Friends have been made for life. But we can still grow and are ready to welcome new members into the band.
Frequently asked questions
1. Is there an age limit to join the band ?
No. As long as you can play you can join the band. We currently have people of every age in the band from school kids to too old to admit
2. Where are practices held ?
We have our National Practices in Blair Drummond. Regional practices take place all over Scotland – so there will be one near you.
3. Do I have to commit to Every event ?
No. We understand all band members have busy lives. We ask that you commit to as many events as possible, and as many practices as possible but nobody is expected to attend everything.
4. I don’t play an instrument yet – do the band provide lessons ?
Sadly not. Due to the geographical spread of all the band members we are unable to offer lessons at this time
5. What equipment does the band provide for pipers ?
The band provide the cherished blue bonnet, the waistcoat, a pipe chanter, chanter reed, reed protector and a flag for your drones. Just as important though, help, support, advice and friendship, and the chance to March on the road to Independence.
6. What do pipers need to provide for themselves ?
Your own set of pipes, your own practice chanter, your kilt, ghillie shirt, belt, sporran, socks, flashes, shoes and cape. A willing attitude and a sense of humour.
7. What equipment does the band provide for drummers ?
The band provide the cherished blue bonnet, the waistcoat, the drum and harness. Just as important though, help, support, advice and friendship, and the chance to March on the road to Independence.
8. What do drummers need to provide for themselves ?
Your own drum sticks and practice pad, your kilt, ghillie shirt, belt, sporran, socks, flashes, shoes and cape. A willing attitude and a sense of humour.
9. I have a disability – can I still join ?
Yes, yes yes. We will do everything we can to accommodate any disability. Whether you need somebody to push your wheelchair or any other help we will find ways to help and support you
10. Am I good enough ?
We are not a competition band and don’t ever intend to be. We are an open inclusive band and have players of a variety of abilities. Yes we need players to reach a minimum standard and will work with them to help them improve, but we don’t expect Grade 1. We are just as interested in your personality, your willingness to fit in and your hunger for independence
11. How do I apply ?
In the first instance use the contact us button and we’ll take it from there. You will be asked to submit a short video of yourself playing – nothing too serious (30 seconds on your phone will be fine).
If you would like to join us or just find out more information please get in touch.