The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland will be bringing its young members to Perthshire to conduct for the third and last time a Piping and Drumming Summer Camp. The programme will run for 3 days and will see NYPBoS Senior Band members help teach and collaborate with other young pipers and drummers aged between 12 and 25 years old. Each day will also include a workshop run by one of the instructors from The National Piping Centre. On the final day there will be a small recital and performance for students by members of the NYPBoS and other top local musicians.

Please see below for more information on the camp.


Dates: July 16th – July 18th 2013
Venue: Perth College UHI, Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 2NX
Building: Goodlyburn building


All Pipers attending the camp will be placed into groups of similar abilities on the first day so that everyone will hopefully be able to progress at the same speed. Intermediate and Advanced students will be expected to attend all three days where as the Beginners course will only run for a full day and a half.

When registering please follow the level guidelines below.

  • Beginner – just started playing/ can only play basic movements such as the scale and possibly some embellishments/ may be able to play one or two tunes on the practice chanter.
  • Intermediate – can read music to an intermediate level / can play simple marches, strathspeys and reels / can play more than 5 tunes on the full pipes.
  • Advanced – can read music to a high level / able to play or sight read 4 part marches, strathspey and reels / can also play hornpipes and possibly a piobaireachd / competent on the full pipes.


Following on from the success of last year’s camp the drummers will once again be working in small and larger groups to create a brand new camp fanfare which will feature during the last day recital. Senior drummers from the NYPBoS will also be working with students on techniques to improve their drumming as individual and corps players.


Two nights’ accommodation and meals will be provided to everyone attending the camp as a Residential student. This is only limited and will be on a first in first serve basis. Students will be utilising the residential accommodation on the campus at Perth College. Please see the link below for more information regarding the accommodation. NYPBoS Adult Supervisors will also be on hand in the evenings to supervise.

All bed linen in the rooms are provided. You will only need to bring your personal toiletries and towel. There is also a fridge in each room if students would like to store any snacks etc.


All meals will be provided by a catering company but if you wish to purchase any food or snacks from the cafe please bring along some pocket money.


Wednesday 16th July

  • 10am – 11am: Briefing, Group Selection and Ice Breaker Game.
  • 11am – 1pm: Group Tuition.
  • 1pm – 2pm: Lunch Break.
  • 2pm – 3pm: Piping & Drumming Workshops.
  • 3pm – 5pm: Group Tuition.
  • 5:30pm: Dinner.
  • 6pm – 10pm: Evening Activity
  • 10:15pm: Lights Out.

Thursday 17th July

  • 9am: Breakfast.
  • 10am – 1pm: Group Tuition.
  • 1pm: Beginner course finishes.
  • 1pm – 2pm: Lunch Break.
  • 2pm – 3pm: Piping & Drumming Workshops.
  • 3pm – 5pm: Group Tuition.
  • 5:30pm: Dinner.
  • 6pm – 10pm: Evening Activity
  • 10:15pm: Lights Out.

Friday 18th July

  • 9am: Breakfast.
  • 10am – 10:30am: Final day briefing.
  • 10:30am – 1pm: Group Tuition.
  • 1pm – 2pm: Lunch Break.
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm: Recital & Small concert.
  • 3:30pm – 4:45pm: Conclusion of event.

What to bring

Pipers are recommended to bring along their practice chanter and bagpipes. If you do not have a full set of pipes yet that is fine as well as long as you have a practice chanter.
Drummers are recommended to bring along their own snare, tenor or bass sticks and practice pads. If you are able to bring a drum with you as well that would be great as we will only have a limited number of drums with us at the camp.
We will provide music packs for the camp but please feel free as well to bring along your own music to use as a reference.
For any more information regarding this event please email Alisdair McLaren at or call 0141 3530220.