Band seeks new mem­bers

South Canterbury Herald - - MOTORING - ESTHER ASHBY-COVEN­TRY

Po­ten­tial mu­si­cians are be­ing sought to join the Ti­maru Scot­tish So­cial Pipe Band, with no prior train­ing nec­es­sary.

Band tu­tor and se­nior drum­mer Terry Currie said mem­bers ranged in age from 10 years old to their 70s. Se­nior mem­bers trained new­com­ers from scratch so they did not need to know how to play an in­stru­ment be­fore they joined.

The tu­tors took great pride in train­ing new mem­bers prop­erly. Be­cause the band was so­cial and did not en­ter com­pe­ti­tions, it meant there was no push to train them within a cer­tain time pe­riod.

The band cur­rently has about seven drum­mers and six pipers but Currie prefers a ra­tio of two to three pipers to each drum­mer for a good bal­ance of sound.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple want to be drum­mers to make noise... The drum corp is quite loud and can over­power pip­ing, es­pe­cially in a wooden hall.’’

Drums were cut back to suit an en­vi­ron­ment, he said.

About 90 per cent of pipe bands were com­pe­ti­tion bands, whereas per­form­ing so­cially at con­certs and for events made play­ing fun.

‘‘It’s about train­ing peo­ple to en­joy pip­ing and drum­ming... We need to keep bring­ing in new mem­bers.’’

New band mem­bers had a learner and de­vel­op­ment night ev­ery Tues­day evening at the Ti­maru Scot­tish So­ci­ety Hall on Barnard St.

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