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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 CVO, CBE, FRSE, FRSA, MA, CA - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE.    Read More

East Ayrshire Winter Camp 2019

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland will be bringing its young members to Dumfries House, Cumnock to conduct a Piping and Drumming Camp Weekend. This will be the first time the NYPBoS have held such an event in Ayrshire. The programme will run from Saturday morning through to Sunday afternoon and will see NYPBoS Senior Band members teach and collaborate with other young pipers and drummers aged between 12 and 25 years old. During the camp students will learn new music, attend workshops on tuning, bandsmanship, musical theory and, most importantly, meet other young pipers and drummers from around the region and Scotland. To finish the camp there will be a small performance by the students and brief recital by members of the NYPBoS who have been involved in teaching on the camp. Please see below for more information on the camp.

Dates: 23rd – 24th February 2019
Times: Saturday 10am to 5pm
             Sunday 10am to 4:30pm
Venue: The Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Residential Centre, Dumfries House, Cumnock KA18 2NJ
Building: Main Hall & Outdoor Centre

Cost:
For local residents in East and South Ayrshire we are able to provide bursary residential and non-residential spaces on the camp which are covered by the NYPBoS. These are limited and can be applied for by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

£80 Residential [only available to Advanced & Intermediate students]
£45 Non-Residential [only available Advanced & Intermediate students]
£20 Beginners Non-Residential [this course will run for 2 half days]
All costs go towards accommodation (Residential only), meals, tuition, music packs and venue hire.

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Camp Objectives
●    To teach students new music in a safe and fun environment.
●    To help improve musical theory skills through focused workshops.
●    To assist in building individuals’ confidence on the pipes and drums by teaching students new skills.
●    To provide a platform for young pipers and drummers in the region to meet and socialise.
●    To provide a platform for young local pipers and drummers to perform together.

Pipers (Limited places only)
All pipers attending the camp will be placed into groups of similar abilities on the first day so that everyone will be able to progress at the same speed. Intermediate and Advanced students will be expected to attend the full duration of the camp, whereas the Beginners course will only run for a 2 half days. 
When registering please follow the level guidelines below. Please note there will be a limited number of spots on this camp.

●    Beginner – just started playing/ can only play basic movements such as the scale and possibly some embellishments.**
●    Intermediate – can read music to an intermediate level / can play simple marches, strathspeys and reels / can play a selection of tunes on the full pipes.
●    Advanced – can read music to a high level / able to play or sight read 4 part marches, strathspeys and reels / can also play hornpipes, jigs and possibly a piobaireachd / competent on the full pipes.

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Drummers (Limited places only)
Following on from the success of our previous camps around the country the drummers will once again be working in small and larger groups. Senior drummers along with our NYPBoS instructors from D2 Percussion will be working with students on techniques to improve their drumming as individual and corps players. Intermediate and Advanced students will be expected to attend the full duration of the camp, whereas the Beginners course will only run for a 2 half days.
When registering please follow the level guidelines below. Please note there will be a limited number of spots on this camp.
●    Beginner – just started playing/ can only play basic movements, rudiments and flourishing/ may be able to play one or two tunes and basic exercises.**
●    Intermediate – can read music to an intermediate level / can play simple marches, strathspeys and reels / can play more than 5 tunes on the drum and has experience of playing in a drum corps.
●    Advanced – can read music to a high level / able to play and sight read 4 part marches, strathspeys and reels / can also play hornpipes and Jigs / competent on the drum and has experience of playing in competition with a drum corps.

Accommodation
One nights’ accommodation and meals will be provided to everyone attending the camp as a Residential student. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a “first come first serve” basis. Students will be staying at The Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Residential Centre, Dumfries House which is located in Ayrshire. 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.
Please note, students and NYPBoS members will have exclusive use of their dormitories and will not be sharing accommodation with external members of the public. Rooms will be allocated according to age and gender.

**Please note that the Beginners course is only available as non-residential.

Meals
All meals will be provided by Dumfries House, please let us know if you have any food allergies upon registering.

What to bring
Pipers are required to bring along their practice chanter and bagpipes. If you do not have a full set of pipes yet that is fine as long as you have a practice chanter.

Drummers are required to bring along their own snare, tenor or bass sticks and practice pads. If you are able to bring a drum with you 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0141 3530220.

When booking please ensure you select the right school from the first drop down menu. 

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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 CVO, CBE, FRSE, FRSA, MA, CA - Lady Ivory, DL - Sandy Grant Gordon, CBE

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HRH The Prince Charles,
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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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