The Minnesota Police Pipe Band offers piping and drumming instruction free of charge to anyone who wants to learn - people of all backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome to join us. The band also accepts new members via audition.
Part of our mission is introducing a broad range of people to the instruments we love, which boast a rich cultural heritage. Instruction is provided for the bass, snare, and tenor drums, and for the Great Highland bagpipe. Instruction in the art of the Drum Major is also available, and we encourage anyone who may be interested to volunteer as Color Guard.
FREE INSTRUCTION PROGRAMS
Learn more about how you can become a part of the band:
How long will it take me to learn to play?
Typically we run two-year courses, which are broken down into 10-week quarters. This structure is designed to provide the basic elements of piping and drumming.
What materials do I need to buy? Where can I buy them?
When and where does the band meet?
The band rehearses every Thursday at the St. Helena Catholic School in South Minneapolis. Lessons are scheduled from 6:00-6:30 pm.
How else might I get involved with the band?
There are many roles and responsibilities to keep a pipe band running smoothly. Connect with us to learn more about open roles we may have available.
Do I need to be in law enforcement to join your band or take lessons?
Nope! A law enforcement affiliation is not required to participate in our instructional program, or join the band.
How can I audition to join the band?
To progress to the band performance circle, students must complete a successful audition for the Pipe Major or Drum Sergeant. Students and other members of the public may audition for the band at any time.