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The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory, CBE, FRSE - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE.    Read More

How to Take Part

Auditions for the 2017/2018 band membership are now closed. Applications from now on will be considered for the 2018/2019 membership

To become a member of The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland applicants must firstly complete the online application form which can be found under the corresponding tab and attach with this an audio recording fulfilling the requirements below. If your application and audition recording is successful applications will then be invited to take part in a competitive audition which will take place at The National Piping Centre in Glasgow.

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 utilise an accompanying piper for their audio and live audition whereas 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.

Unsuccessful applicants may lodge an appeal if they feel that they have not had a fair assessment of their audition. The appeal must be made in writing and should be addressed to the Principal of The NPC. The grounds for appeal must be clearly stated and supported where possible by supplementary evidence. Appeals should be post-marked within 14 days following the audition. Receipt of appeals will be acknowledged within 7-10 days.

If an appeal is considered eligible, The National Piping Centre will undertake a review of the candidate’s application and audition process to assess whether any irregularities occurred. The appeal will be handled by a senior member of staff not involved in the application/audition process.

If an appeal is upheld the candidate will be reassessed at a fresh audition at which two of the three panel members will be different to those on the original panel.  Candidates will be notified in writing of the result of their appeal within 7 days of the second audition.

Successful applicants are responsible for providing their own travel to and from rehearsals and workshops. The NYPBoS is committed to providing equal opportunities for all of its members and should you require financial assistance to cover travel costs/camp fees, we will be happy to assist you in exploring all funding opportunities available for you/your child.

Auditions annually take place before the start of each yearly project cycle. The closing date for applications for 2018/19 is the 31st December 2017. 

Applicants must email their audio recording to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and must submit this no later than 24 hours after the online application form.

If you still have any further questions please feel free to contact Alisdair McLaren, Director of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0141 353 0220.
 

The National Piping Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland Bagpipe.
Patron HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, KG, KT, GCB.
Founders: Sir Brian Ivory, CBE, FRSE - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE

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HRH The Prince Charles,
Duke of Rothesay, Patron

with Founders, Sir Brian and Lady Ivory and the Lord Provost Bob Winter on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Opening of The National Piping Centre.

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