Cadet Piping Levels
AT ST. ANDREW’S COLLEGE

The following list indicate the requirements and recognition for the Piping skill levels used at our cadet corps. When you think you are ready to advance to the next level, see your instructor to arrange for an evaluation.

For specific details about these requirements, please see Mr. McGillivray.

 
Level Requirements Recognition
I(P)
  • Must be able to play competently to the end of exercise #18 in the SAC Beginners’ Program.
  • Badge and
    Certificate
    and
    Promotion
    to Piper
    II(P)
  • Must be able to perform competently four proscribed tunes on a bagpipe with bass drone and one tenor drone while marching and with a standard attack and cut-off.
  • Badge,
    Certificate
    and
    Promotion to
    Lance Corporal
    III(P)
  • Must be able to perform proscribed parade band march and slow march repertoire consisting of approximately 20 tunes.
  • Must understand and show progress in tuning of your own drones.
  • Must be able to perform all marching and drill required for the Annual Inspection.
  • Must be willing and able to perform “marching-in” functions that call for a solo piper.
  • Badge,
    Certificate
    and
    Promotion to
    Corporal
    IV (P)
  • Must be able to perform all proscribed band tunes of any time signature, as well as at least one each of a funeral lament, 2/4 competition march, strathspey, reel and jig.
  • Must be able to tune three drones acceptably to chanter.
  • Must perform regularly with the Pipes & Drums.
  • Must demonstrate basic maintenance issues on the bagpipe including:
    • drone reed manipulation
    • hemping of all joints
    • basic changer reed manipulation and tuning
    • correct use of water trap
    • drone cord upkeep
    • valve upkeep
  • Must be able and willing to instruct Middle School beginners.

  • Must be willing and able to perform all functions that call for a solo piper.
    Badge,
    Certificate,
    Scots Guards Vol I
    or
    equivalent
    and
    Promotion to
    Master Corporal
    V(P)
  • Must to able to perform with good rhythm and technique a minimum of thirty tunes representing each of the common piping time signatures;  4/4 march, 3/4 march, 2/4 march, 6/8 march, slow air or slow march, strathspey, reel, jig, hornpipe and funeral lament.
  • Must be able to tune entire bagpipe satisfactorily, including pipe chanter.
  • Must understand and be able to perform advanced maintenance on the bagpipe including:
    • drone and chanter reed manipulation
    • bag maintenance as required
    • valve and drone cord upkeep
    • correct watertrap use
  • Must be able to perform one complete piobaireachd.
  • Must be a senior member in good standing of the Pipes & Drums.
  • Must be able and willing to instruct beginner or intermediate level pipers.

  • Must be willing and able to perform any solo piping functions, including brief recitals.
    Badge,
    Certificate,
    Kilberry Book
    of Ceol Mor

    or
    Scots Guards Vol 2

    and
    Promotion to Sergeant or above.