Newlands Tartan

Join Us

We are always looking for new members to join the society and have several different options available to you.

Ideally you already know how to play the bagpipes, side, tenor or bass drum or your a highland dancer. However, don't worry if you are new to everything Scottish we can recommend an instructor to you and get you started with learning to play.

Our instructors have many years experience combined in piping and drumming and can take you from a raw begineer to a marching, playing member of the band. Don't think this is an easy process, a piper or drummer will need 2 years to become capable of playing at a level needed to be in the band.

If your already a seasoned player, then we want you to come on down to one of our band practices and see how we interact together. We are a fun, relaxed group and there is lots of time for socializing too. However when its time to get to the task the Pipe Major will ensure your keeping it on a preofessional level too.

We ask potential new members to send an email from our Contact Us page and tell us a bit about yourself and we will be glad to have you come out.

We are a grade 5 pipe band and aspire to play grade 4 tunes to keep our members sharp on our parade and stage sets and in solo and pipe band competition. We have a standard set of basic tunes that all members must know for our gigs and for certain occassions we have more challenging tunes.

Any prospective new member will be asked to fill out an application and information form, the Pipe Major, Pipe Sgt and Drum Sgt will review all new members and make recommendations for new members to join the pipe band. An informal audition will be conducted by the same to access your playing abilities.

A waiting period of up to three months or longer may occur to get new members into uniform to ensure this is the right band for you. At that time you will be asked to sign for a complete uniform and be 100% responsible for its care. Our Society bylaws will be provided to you and a uniform deposit will be collected along with any fees for the Society and uniform items that are worn by you such as shirts and hose.


Anyone wishing to step right in and play with the band is asked to be able to play or be familiar with our standard basic parade and stage tunes as follows.

Parade Tunes

Scotland the Brave, The Rowan Tree
Murdo's Wedding, Wings
Bonnie Dundee, Steamboat
Barron Rocks, Mairi's Wedding
Teribus, Corriechoillie's 43rd Welcome to the Northern Meeting
The Green Hills of Tyrol, When the Battle's O'er
Amazing Grace

Competition Tunes - Grade 5 Quick March Set

Captain Norman Orr Ewing
Liberton Pipe Band
Piper's Cave

Competition Tunes - Grade 4 MSR

Annouced soon for 2020 season

Competition Tunes - Grade 4 Medley

Annouced soon for 2020 season

All arrangements we try and stick to the settings found in the Scot's Guards Vol I and II, some tunes are not found in these books and will be able to be found on our website by band members.

This is by no means our complete tunes list and we like to keep some information as a surprise. Be assured you will enjoy playing with the band.

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