Siren City Pipe Band
Youth Education Program

The Siren City Pipe Band Youth Education Program will instill the values of teamwork, leadership, and musicianship in the next generation of pipers and drummers in Hampton Roads. Students 18 and under will have the opportunity to learn the highland bagpipes or drums with members of Siren City Pipe Band, with the goal of becoming full members of and competing with the Band.

The Education Program will begin Monday, April 25, and will occur weekly on Monday night from 6PM-8PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Downtown Norfolk. Students will have the option to pursue either the piping or drumming track. Registration for the class of spring 2022 is $200. Students will be given a practice chanter or drumsticks and practice pad, as well as educational materials. This secures state-of-the-art instruction for six months, is non-refundable, and is due Friday, April 15 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 the Program’s 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 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 eighteen and under. It is recommended that students be no younger than middle-school age.

How much does the program cost?

Registration for the 2022 spring season 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 six months, is non-refundable, and is due Friday, April 15, at 5PM to secure the student’s spot.

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 Spring 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