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Class Starts at 6:00 PM at St. Helena's School in Minneapolis


Bass Drum




Drum Major

The Minnesota Police Pipe Band offers piping and drumming instruction of the highest quality in the Twin Cities area.

We want to introduce a broad range of people to instruments boasting a rich cultural heritage. A law enforcement affiliation is not required. Instruction is provided for the bass, snare and tenor drums and for the Great Highland bagpipe. These are the instruments played in modern competition pipe bands. Instruction in the art of the Drum Major is also available.

Piping and drumming instructors work with small groups of students. The two-year course is broken down into 10-week quarters and is designed to provide the basic elements of piping and drumming. Those who want to progress more quickly are encouraged to supplement the group instruction with private lessons. We can help you find a private instructor.


Snare students will learn drum rudiments and scores in the style of Scottish drumming. The bass and tenor program teaches the rhythmic beatings associated with the Scottish bass section. In addition, tenor drummers will learn the art of flourishing: spinning their mallets while playing. Snare drummers will need a drum pad and sticks, which may be purchased from the band. Tenor and bass students can borrow mallets from the band until they are ready to purchase their own. The band provides performance drums.


The first four quarters cover basic fingering technique on the practice chanter. Each quarter concludes with a brief evaluation to determine whether the student is ready to move on to the next level. Students may repeat each level one time. Students who are not ready to move on to the next level should seek private instruction in order to reach the requirements for their current level. After successful completion of the fourth level, pipe students will begin an additional year of study during which they will be taught how to care for, wrestle with and, finally, play the bagpipe. Beginning pipe students need to have a practice chanter and the exercise book Rhythmic Fingerwork by James McGillivray (both are available for purchase from the band).


The band meets South Minneapolis. Lessons are scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Band rehearsal follows from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.


Beginning piping and drumming supplies can be purchased at your first lesson or you can find them on your own. They are also available from our supplier: Gillie Company, (952) 920-4267.


Participating in the Color Guard provides the opportunity to learn to march in the distinctive, swinging style associated with pipe bands. It is your opportunity to hear and move with the music before you are actually playing it. The Color Guard is part of many of our parades and performances and is an important component of our band presence.


To progress to the band performance circle the student must complete a successful audition for the Pipe Major or Drum Sergeant. A student may audition for the band at any time. Completion of the piping or drumming program does not require anyone to audition nor does it grant a student band performer status.

If you have questions about the program or want to register for the next session, please contact us.  

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