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Lee County Pipes & Drums enthusiastically welcomes new members. We are always looking for people who are interested in Piping and Drumming, from the novice to the experienced player.
We give instruction in the fundamentals of the music, asking only that individuals be willing to put in some time practicing on their own. Pipers start learning on the practice chanter, and after becoming proficient, transfer their newly acquired skills to the Great Highland Bagpipes. From there, it's only a matter of time until they are "in the circle"* and out on the street with us.
As far as drummers are concerned, new people can learn the Side drum, which is similar to the snare drum in other marching bands; the Bass drum, or the Tenor drum. Side drummers begin by learning the Drum Rudiments on the practice pad. Our style of side drumming is Pipe Band Rudimental Drumming. Basic skills, once learned, may be transferred over to other modes of percussion.
There is some expense for uniforms and instruments, but no dues.
We meet for practice every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at the North Fort Myers High School cafeteria. The cafeteria building is on Iris Drive, adjacent to the pool. Check our our calendar to make sure we have not suspended practice or changed the location the week you plan to attend. You are welcome to come and listen.
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*Traditionally, while not marching, pipe bands play in a circle with the base drum in the middle.
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