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Bagpipe and Drum Class

Members of the Garden Valley Pipe Band are proud to offer free bagpipe and drum lessons to members of the community of all ages and experience levels.  The band members who teach these classes have many years of experience and most have been teaching their instrument professionally for years.


Don't let the fact that the classes are free cause you to doubt their quality and efficacy.  The instructors are top-tier and you will be piping and/or drumming before you know it!


Though there are no costs associated with the class, each student will need to provide their own instrument and may want to purchase supplemental learning books, etc.

Download our free book!

This is a bagpipe-learning book we will use to teach you in our class.  Download it to a device you can bring, or print it so you have it with you when you come. This book is a work-in-progress, and as it is improved, new material is added, etc. the file will be updated.  It is intended to be used in conjunction with instruction from an experienced piper. You can also access YouTube to view and following along with our instruction.

Free Classes: Programs

The world needs more pipers and drummers

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Beginner course

  • A 12-week ​​​​​​​​​​Beginner Course will be offered January-March every year.  

  • Another 12-week Beginner Course will be offered September-November every year.  


Classes are Thursday evenings at 6 pm.  


Transition Course

  • A 12-week, “​​​​​​​​​​Transition” Course will be offered May-July based on need. Contact us for more info. 

  • ​The purpose of this course is to help our students who are ready to move from practice chanters and practice pads onto bagpipe and drums. 



We highly recommend that you ​​contact us before purchasing a chanter or drum pad so we can give you some pointers for finding something good for a decent price.


Once you're ready to dive-in, we invite you to sign-up here or on our Facebook page!

If you're interested in the class, we welcome you to come sit-in on a session or two to see how you like it!  If you have any questions at all, just send us an email or a message on Facebook.




Individuals learning to play bagpipes will learn on a practice chanter, and individuals learning to play drums will learn on a drum pad.   

Free Classes: News

Our 12-week semester-based courses elevate the quality of instruction we offer - and all of these courses will  be offered absolutely free.  If you are interested, several band members also give private instruction. Questions regarding this can be directed to anyone in the band via email, Facebook, in-person, etc. and we’ll get you in touch with the right people.

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