Training & Qualifications
and Drum Training
Pipe and Drum training
includes small group/individual instruction for all participants either on
Thursday afternoons or at other times as scheduled by the Director of Piping and
Drumming. This instruction is generally provided by the Director of Piping and
cadets who are interested in studying the bagpipes as their instrument
for a school music credit should speak to Mr. McGillivray when signing
up for your next year's courses (see also
Course Credit information below.)
practices are also conducted on Thursday afternoons for those members
of the Pipe and Drum Band which includes military drill and ensemble instruction.
All pipers are required
to purchase a "practice chanter" for about $75. This amount can be refunded
if the cadet returns the chanter when leaving the program.
All drummers are required
to purchase a drum pad and pair of drum sticks. This amount can be refunded
if the cadet returns the sticks and drum pad when leaving the program.
Qualifications for Piping and Drumming
For the specific requirements
for each Qualification Level, click on the appropriate level.
Ministry of Education Course Credit
- Starting in September 2003, in addition
to cadet qualifications, Pipe Band musicians will be able to take advantage of a
long-standing Ontario Education Ministry Program designated
"AMR3M - Musical Repertoire."
The cadet program supports a performing pipe band and learning program and by
achieving a standard of performance that allows them to participate in band
performances at the Annual Inspection, Cadets in Concert and other Corps
functions, the musicians will earn one credit awarded in Grade 11. The course
will appear on report cards over three years. During the first tow years
students receive a report card comment, and in grade 11 they receive a mark.
Please check with Mr. McGillivray for details on how this will be phased in.
Check out information on the Ontario
College of Piping to be held at St. Andrew's each summer. The College
offers instruction in piping and drumming is open to all those interested.