UCR Pipe Band to Offer Bagpipe and Drumming Classes

Classes open to the public as well as UCR students

practicing the chanter

Father and daughter Ian and Erin Thomson practice on a chanter, a reeded instrument that helps pipers practice the basic fingerings of the Great Highland Bagpipes. Erin is now a master’s student at UCR and a grade 1 soloist who competes against the best pipers in the world. Photo courtesy of UCR Pipe Band

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu)  — The UC Riverside Pipe Band will once again be offering classes for beginners interested in learning to play the Great Highland Bagpipe, as well as a new series of classes in Scottish-style drumming.

drummers practicing

Members of the UCR Pipe Band’s drum corps practice. Photo courtesy of UCR Pipe Band

“The classes will be fun, interactive and supportive, with objective being to learn all the notes and rudiments needed to play the bagpipe,” said Mike Terry, pipe major of the UCR Pipe Band. “The drumming course is perfect for beginners interested in learning the snare, tenor or bass drum.”

“Experience playing other musical instruments or the ability to read music is not a pre-requisite,” he added.

The bagpipe courses will be held every Tuesday night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the UCR Student Recreation Center beginning October 9th, while the drumming classes are every Wednesday night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the UCR Corporation Yard beginning on October 10. The cost for both classes is $20 per quarter for UCR students and $30 for all others. A vendor will be on-hand on the first night of the bagpipe class to sell practice chanters, a small reed instrument used to learn how to play the pipes. All other course materials will be provided.

“Our piping and drumming classes reflect the diversity of the UCR and the Pipe Band; proudly multi-ethnic, multi-gender, and multi-aged,” Terry said. “Many class graduates are now performing with the UCR Pipe Band and competing at highland games. Some have gone on to play at the highest levels, including the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.”

The UCR Pipe Band was formed in 2000 and has played at Commencement, athletics events, including the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, and other events both on- and off-campus, as representatives of the university. They have won three Western United States championships.

More information on the classes can be found on the pipe band website and on the Recreation Center website. For other information, please contact Terry by email at mike.terry@alumni.ucr.edu or call (951) 827-4880.

pipe band marching in

Pipe Major Mike Terry, far left, leads the UC Riverside Pipe Band into a competition at the Orange County Fair Grounds. Photo courtesy of UCR Pipe Band

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Mike Terry, UCR Pipe Band Pipe Major
Tel: (951) 827-4880
E-mail: mike.terry@alumni.ucr.edu

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