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Preparation for Perfect Piping


Preparation for Perfect Piping

The UCR Pipe Band will offer a weekly class for beginning pipers starting Oct. 5.

(September 17, 2010)

UCR Pipe Band, Grade 4 ChampionEnlarge

UCR Pipe Band, Grade 4 Champion

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The UC Riverside Pipe Band will offer a class for beginners to learn to play the great highland bagpipe on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 5 at the Student Recreation Center. The class is open to the public.

Participants will learn to play on a practice chanter, a small reed instrument similar to a recorder but with holes cut to allow fingering patterns that match the full-sized bagpipe. Quality practice chanters cost from $50 to $150. Pipers may bring their own practice chanter or purchase one at the first class. All other materials will be furnished.

The ability to read music is not a prerequisite, said instructor Mike Terry, UCR Pipe Band pipe major. Lessons are designed for beginners, he said. A second-level class is offered for those who wish to continue their studies on the bagpipe.

Registration is $20 per quarter for UCR students, $30 for everyone else, and must be done in person at the Student Recreation Center. For more information about this class go to recreation.ucr.edu/schedules/Pages/RecreationClassSchedule.aspx, or contact Mike Terry at (951) 827-4880 mike.terry@ucr.edu.

The UCR Pipe Band is the current Grade 4 Western United States Pipe Band Association champion.

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