How to take part

To become a member of The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland you must send a completed application form to the Director of the NYPBoS, and thereafter be successful in passing a competitive audition.

In the interests of fairness, and to maintain the highest possible standards, each member of the band may be required to re-audition for a place in the band on an annual basis. This will be at the discretion of the Director of the NYPBoS and The Principal of The NPC

Audition Requirements

Development Band

  1. You must complete a 10 minute performance of your own choice of music.
  2. Tuning is not an essential part of your audition.
  3. You will be asked to sight read a piece of sheet music.
  4. During your audition you will be required to display the ability to play hornpipes, jigs and reels.
  5. To apply for the Development Band you must fall between the age ranges of 10 – 17 on the 31st December in any given year.

Senior Band

  1. You must complete a 15 minute performance of your own choice of music.
  2. You must include in your performance a march, strathspey and reel (minimum 4 parts each).
  3. All Senior Band pipers must be able to tune their own pipes for the audition.
  4. Pipers must display good finger technique.
  5. You will be asked to sight read a piece of sheet music.
  6. You will be expected to play hornpipes, jigs and reels to a high standard.
  7. To apply for the Senior Band you must be aged 25(by the 31st December) and under in any given year.

These requirements apply to both Pipers and Drummers who are applying to join the NYPBoS.
Drummers are most welcome to bring along an accompanying piper for their audition where as pipers must perform solo.

As places in both Senior and Development Bands are limited if there are not any vacancies at the time of application you will be added to an auditions list that will be contacted once there is room.

For an application form please download the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland Information Pack below.

If you still have any further questions please feel free to contact Alisdair McLaren, Director of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland at amclaren@thepipingcentre.co.uk or on 0141 353 0220.