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Lyon College Pipe Band to form juvenile band

The Lyon College Pipe Band is forming a juvenile band that will offer free piping and drumming lessons to area youth between the ages of 10 and 17.

Interested students will learn either pipes or drums in the traditional Scottish style, earn opportunities to perform and compete and may eventually qualify for a scholarship at Lyon College in the Scottish Heritage Program.

Lessons are free of charge, but piping students must provide their own practice chanter, and drumming students must provide their own sticks and practice pad. Pipers will eventually need to acquire bagpipes. Instructional materials and music will be provided.

Lessons will take place on Wednesday evenings in both group and individual settings based on student progress. Students will be expected to practice between lessons for a minimum of 15-30 minutes per day in order to progress at a reasonable rate.

The program also offers instruction in Highland dance for children over the age of four.

Adults who are interested in taking lessons or becoming involved in the program are also welcome but will meet on a different night and matriculate into the existing band, which consists of Lyon College students and individuals from the surrounding area.

The Lyon College Pipe Band is recognized nationally and internationally, and Pipe Major James Bell is one of the top professional pipers, judges and instructors in North America.

For further information, please contact Bell at 870-307-PIPE (870-307-7473) or james.bell@lyon.edu.

Posted by Alexandra Patrono-Smith at 4:30 PM