Quesnel Pipes and Drums in the Remembrance Day Parade in November 2017. Melanie Law photo

Quesnel Pipes and Drums hosts lessons

Bagpipe enthusiasts can sign up for 12-week beginner program for pipers

Have you ever wanted to learn the bagpipes, but didn’t know where to start?

Does your pulse race when the pipe band marches by on Billy Barker Days?

Does the sound of the pipes bring tears to your eyes on Remembrance Day?

There will be a unique opportunity for Quesnel and area residents this winter.

Renowned piping instructor Donald F. Lindsay will be a guest member of the Quesnel Pipes and Drums and has offered to teach beginning pipers on behalf of the band. Lindsay is a well-known performer and teacher of the highland bagpipe.

In 1961, he and his father, James Lindsay, founded the Invermark College of Piping, which was the first school of piping in North America to focus solely on the highland bagpipe.

Over his long career, Donald has won many of the top awards for piping in Canada, the United States and Scotland.

He is sometimes referred to as the “Johnny Appleseed of piping” having started five pipe bands, training many of the players from beginners to some of the highest levels attainable in piping.

Lessons will be at the Royal Canadian Legion on Thursdays 5:30 to 6:45 starting Jan. 4, 2018 and will run for 12 weeks.

In order ensure affordability of the program, tuition costs will be minimal, and will include a tutor book and practice chanter, which the student may keep. There will be no need to purchase a full set of bagpipes at this point.

For more information or to register, contact Lisa McCargar at 250-992-9769.

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