Learner Classes
The band has a successful learner class, teaching piping and drumming which meet on Monday Nights at the bands hall at Cartside Community Centre. Anyone wishing to join is welcome and can just come along or drop us a line via our contacts page.


The band encourages all members to participate in the PQDB course run within the band and is once again hosts PDQB courses on Monday nights starting each September with examinations held in December. December 2013 was our third successive year and we have now successfully presented more than 50 students for examination.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association has developed the above courses along with our partners in piping and drumming. The courses, available for piping, side drumming and tenor drumming at all levels, allow pupils to learn appropriate musical theory while developing their individual skills on their chosen instrument. The bonus is that the qualifications are accredited by the Scottish Qualification Authority, with some levels having the equivalent status of standard and higher grade. Some of our younger members already have educational credits on their SQA account and they are only 9 years old ! More information is available through various websites including the RSPBA.

Much is made of the links to the SQA, but, the courses are also ideal for pipers simply wanting to improve their playing or understanding of the music. Mature students have commented that they are now more confident with all aspects of their piping.

The courses will last for 11/12 weeks with an exam at the end of the course. Course fees of approximately £120 plus exam fees and will allow the band to hire qualified RSPBA instructors to cover the practical and theoretical aspects of the courses.

Any pipers or drummers, young or old, at any level, who would like to join in will be most welcome. The course will be held in our hall, the Cartside Community Centre, McLaurin Cres, Johnstone. For more details get in touch via the contacts page.