Siren City Pipe Band is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fields competitive bagpipe-and-drum bands at the highest levels achievable.  To ensure the quality of the music, all-volunteer members invest in the team’s future with a formal, youth music education and development program, in which we invite all community members of Norfolk and Hampton Roads to participate.  The education program is held at an easily-accessible, downtown Norfolk location, and all participants are properly equipped and provided instruction regardless of their financial situation No young community member is turned away due to their inability to afford the program and instrument costs. 

 We, however, cannot reach this mission alone, and we ask for your help to continue our efforts!

How can my contribute as an organization/business?

Become a sponsor at any level!  We are an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that accepts donations from individuals and organizations.  We take the time to discuss a contract to ensure both parties agree on the terms and benefits of the sponsorship.  We also provide a W9-form for your records of the tax-deductable donation/sponsorship!

What levels are available for sponsorship?

We provide multiple tiers of sponsorship for your business/organization to contribute!  Please contact us about customized sponsorship benefits so we can fit your giving-budget and promote your business.



Do I need to purchase an instrument?

The program will provide the necessary instruments for the musician to get started. Typically, a band will provide an instrument for drummers, while pipers supply their own instrument. However, purchasing a set of bagpipes is discouraged at first, and instructors should be consulted before students acquire their own instrument.

What age is best for starting to learn?

Musicians begin learning at all ages, however, this program is designed for learners 8 to 18. 

How much does the program cost?

Registration for the class of Fall 2022 is $200. The student will be given a practice chanter or drumsticks and practice pad, as well as educational materials throughout the program. This fee secures state-of-the-art instruction for the duration of the curriculum, is non-refundable, and is due Monday, September 12, at 5PM to secure the student’s spot.

How long does the program last, and what's next?

Everyone learns at a different pace, but we work hard to accommodate different learning styles and speeds. Expect the curriculum to last six months, but some musicians may excel, or take longer.

Following the course, the musician will be transitioned out of the program and into Siren City Pipe Band’s development band. At this time, participation in the development band does not require dues or fees, however, procurement of a personal instrument will be expected.

Can we register at a later date?

The program is progressive and is tailored to group learning. Entries are not accepted after the beginning of the Fall session, but there will be future start dates that the student can begin with the program.

Who are the instructors for the program?

Students will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from various members of Siren City Pipe Band. However, the program is led by Pipe Sergeant Chaz Stuart, with drumming instruction led by Drum Sergeant Andrew West.

Where is the program held?

Monday night instruction (6-8PM) occurs at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 201 St. Paul’s Blvd in Downtown Norfolk.

Important Contact Information

Chaz Stuart,
Director of Youth Education Programs, Piping Instructor


Carl Wilder,
Associate Director of Piping Education

Andrew West,
Associate Director of Drumming Instruction