Siren City Pipe Band
Youth Education Program


Fall, 2022

The Siren City Pipe Band Youth Education Program instills the values of teamwork, leadership, and musicianship in the next generation of pipers and drummers in Hampton Roads. Students 8 to 18 will have the opportunity to go from zero to pipe band, learning either the bagpipes or Scottish-style snare drum from Siren City Pipe Band members.

The Fall 2022 class of the Education Program will begin Monday, September 19, and will occur weekly on Monday night from 6PM-8PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Downtown Norfolk. Registration for the class of Fall 2022 is $200. Students will be given a practice chanter or drumsticks and practice pad, as well as educational materials and high-level instruction. This secures state-of-the-art instruction for the curriculum lasting approximately six months, is non-refundable, and is due Monday, September 12 at 5PM. Space is limited. 

What is the time commitment for the Youth Education Program?

Sessions will occur weekly and attendance is expected so the musician does not miss important instruction. Practice outside of weekly classes is also important. Every student learns at a different pace, and it is our goal to provide new musicians with the tools necessary to excel, but progressing at their instrument will require daily practice. Daily practice, even if for a short time, is necessary and more useful than occasional, sporadic practice. 

Do I need to play an instrument or read music to join?

No! This program is designed to teach all the skills necessary to participate in a pipe band.

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
stuart.chaz@gmail.com

804-239-5501

Carl Wilder,
Associate Director of Piping Education

Andrew West,
Associate Director of Drumming Instruction
musicalandrew123@gmail.com

757-284-5389