Workshop for local pipers and drummers

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A free piping and drumming workshop has been organised for Rathfriland High School next Saturday 24th October.

Craig Munro, proprietor of Wallace bagpipes and Red Hot Chilli Pipers fame, will be hosting the piping workshop and David Montgomery of Essey Musical, Belfast will host drum maintenance and uniform workshop.

The Rathfriland workshops will be the last of a week long series of engagement opportunities with the marching band tradition throughout Northern Ireland, in particular the piping and drumming fraternity.

Entitled Maintenances, Tuning and Performance, the workshops will be an opportunity for pipers and drummers to get useful advise and tips about how to get the best from their instruments.

Whilst the worships are aimed at non competing pipers and drummers, the organisers say that pipers of all abilities will be made very welcome and drummers from any genre of band will be welcome to pop in also.

Craig Munro said, “I am amazed by the number of piping enthusiasts in Northern Ireland, and many have no desire to play at a competitive level but are solely committed to keeping their band going for community engagement, entertainment and fun.

“I admire this commitment and want to share some practical tips to help make their job easier in the band hall.

“Practical maintenance tips and some advice on tuning, will help get better performance from each of their instruments.

“These workshops will not be a one off, but anyone who makes the effort to come along can be assured of further help thereafter.”

The organisers have stressed that any band wishing to get advice on drum maintenance, will be made very welcome.

Representatives from Essey Musical will be on hand to advise on drums and uniforms. The event in Rathfriland High School will commence at 2pm and will conclude at approximately 4pm. If you would like to find out any further information, please contact David Scott on 07881410333 or David Montgomery on 07827445316.