Calling all Scottish music fans! Elliott Bay seeks musicians to join our pipe and drum corps. We are looking for instrumentalists of all levels and ages to play bagpipes, side drums (snare), tenor drums, or base drum. The band plays a mixture of traditional and contemporary pipe tunes, with fantastic complimentary drum scores. We love medleys and sets that show range, expression and musical groove!
Weekly band rehearsals are held in the Roosevelt neighborhood of north Seattle every Thursday, 7 – 9:00 p.m. If you would like to attend a rehearsal, please contact us, find us on Facebook, or call Tyrone at 206-285-4989. Visitors are always welcome!
Q: Does it cost anything to join the band?
A: Members pay dues which total $200 a year ($20 a month for ten months). This goes to help cover the costs of things such as renting rehearsal space, reeds and drum heads. There are occasional travel expenses that band members cover if there is an out-of-town performance, but these are infrequent expenses compared to many other bands. We are also happy to help cover costs for musicians who need support. Financial constraints should never be a barrier to participation!
Q: How do I get an instrument?
A: If you are a brand new piper or drummer, you will start on a practice chanter or drum pad, either of which can be purchased online. Pipers move up to full sets of bagpipes, which are owned privately by each musician. If you do not already have a set of pipes, band members can help advise you on where to purchase a new or used set. Drums and harnesses are provided by the band.
Q: Do I have to supply my own outfit?
A: No, the band issues most of the parts of our uniforms (kilt, waistcoat, jacket, glengarry, sporran, flashes) to musicians. The hose (socks) and ties are generally purchased by members, as personal items, which you keep.
Q: How much of a time commitment are we talking about?
A: The band rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm, most of the year. Our practices are held in the basement of a church in the Roosevelt neighborhood of north Seattle, just off of I-5. We routinely take a break in August and September, before starting a new playing season. The number of performances that we do varies, depending on the time of year, but averages to about one a month. This is a much more relaxed performance schedule than other local pipe bands.
Q: Do I need to be an experienced player?
A: No. The band welcomes anyone who is interested in playing, regardless of how long it takes for you to perform at events. Experienced players are able to participate with the band more quickly. We’ve found that musicians who haven’t played for many years are often able to dust off their talent in no time! We also have seasoned piping and drumming instructors in our midst who can help players advance and strengthen their skills.
Q: Do I need to have Scottish heritage?
A: No. Definitely, no.
Q: Do I have to be a certain age to join?
A: No. We’ve had musicians in the band who were as young as 10 and as old as 75. All are welcome.
Q: Can I get music credit through the Seattle Public Schools home school program?
A: We are currently looking into this– check back soon for more info!