By Tammy Schneider
The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band is looking for a few good men, and women, to join their ranks.
Several members of the band held an information night on Oct. 28, with the hope of enticing a few new members to join. There are currently 45 regular members and an extra five or six that are available during the summer months. Members acknowledge that the band needs to recruit new members to keep the tradition going.
All ages are welcome to participate. Their youngest member is eight, and the oldest is in his eighties. Previous experience or the ability to read music is not a requirement. What are needed are a desire to learn and a willingness to practice and commit to performing.
Joining the band provides members with the opportunity to learn an instrument, perform, travel and become part of a Kincardine tradition. The benefits to young people include building confidence, music skills and meeting new friends.
David Wilson, who has been a member since 1987 and is the current president, was introduced to the band because his uncle played.
“We’ve had a teaching program in schools for the past four years… it gives them exposure,” said Wilson. “Some have continued on from there.”
The cost to participate is minimal, and prospective members are required to purchase a starter chanter (to learn the pipes) or drum sticks (to learn the drums). Lessons are provided at no charge and once a commitment to becoming a member of the band is established, a uniform is provided. The band practices each Wednesday evening year round, and perform at the summer Saturday evening parades, fall fairs and other events on request. People interested in finding out more about joining are invited to stop by the Kincardine Legion on Wednesdays after 7 p.m.