Band seeks new members
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.