THE island’s only bagpipe band is looking for recruits to swell the ranks of the present drum corps.
Ideally, Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums are looking for people with some experience on the drum, although not necessarily in a pipe band. Beginners will also be very welcome though to try out on the sticks and pad.
Instruction and practice is done in ‘a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, around the table’ moving on to the drum once the rudiments have been mastered.
The pipe drum corps is responsible for supporting the piping with a solid rhythmic foundation and sense of pulse based on rudimentary patterns. A popular pattern in many scores is for the lead drummer to play a phrase, and the section to play is a forte response, all adding to the ensemble sound of the pipe band.
Flourishing tenor drummers use beaters on the end of long sticks, which are tied to the fingers. The beaters are flourished in coordinated movements, while striking the drum to add visual spectacle to the performance.
Band rehearsals are held on a Tuesday evening from 7.30pm at Crosby Methodist Church hall, Old School Road, Crosby.
Established players and beginners are welcome to go along.
For more information phone Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums on 316363 or email evpd(at)manx.net
Visit the pipe band’s Facebook page ‘Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums’.
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