Join the Band
The Colorado Youth Pipe Band is open to all youth interested in learning bagpiping, drumming (tenor drum, snare drum or bass drum) and/or Highland dance.
Typically, members are between 8 through 18 years old but some students have started younger. No prior musical or dance experience is necessary and interested youth can start taking lessons at any time.
Experienced instructors provide individual and/or group lessons on a weekly basis. Bagpipers, drummers and dancers all play a key role in the band – so students can learn an instrument AND dance at no extra tuition expense.
Families love participating in the band! All instruction is "multi-aged" meaning kids of different ages learn at the same time in the same class. (Parents don't have to make multiple trips to band practice for kids of different ages.) Additionally, kids can participate in piping or drumming instruction and learn to Highland Dance at no extra cost. Finally, the band offers a discount to families with more than two children.
Not sure yet? Come to band practice on a Monday night and try it out. Meet the band families, music and dance instructors and the other band members. Your first four lessons are free!
Kids can learn to dance and/or to play bagpipes or snare, tenor or bass drum in the Colorado Youth Pipe Band.
New pipers begin with lessons on a practice chanter (similar to a recorder) and gradually work their way up to full pipes.
New pipers start with a half-hour private or semi-private lesson sometime between 6:00 - 8:00pm on Monday nights. Pipers in the performance band meet between 7:00 - 8:00pm on Monday nights.
Pipers can also participate in Highland Dance lessons at no additional cost.
Drum students can learn to play snare, tenor, or bass drum. New drummers begin with lessons on drum pads and gradually work their way up to full drums.
New drummers start with a half-hour private or semi-private lesson sometime between 6:00 - 8:00pm on Monday nights. Drummers in the performance band meet for drum lessons from 7:00 to 8:00pm on Monday nights.
Drummers can also participate in Highland Dance lessons at no additional cost.
Kids as young as four can begin Highland dance lessons and can begin performing and competing almost immediately. Dancers meet 6-7pm on Monday nights.
Dancers can also participate in bagpiping or drumming lessons at no additional cost.
Tuition - $65 per month per child
Sibling discounts are available (50% for a 3rd and any additional siblings)
Instruments and uniforms are provided with a refundable deposit.
Families should expect about $50 start-up costs for a practice chanter, drum sticks and pads and/or dancing shoes. Instructors and older students will try to offset these costs as much as possible.