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On this page you will find information that might be useful for band members.

This section will tell you about your pipes and how to look after them. It also has videos to help you learn tunes at home. 


Here you will find out about your drum, parts of the drum and all the different flourishes you'll need to learn.


Find out about your drum, how to look after it and the basic rudiments of drumming


Learn the different names of the parts of your uniform, how to wear it and how to look after it.

When you get your uniform you'll need to know what we do at engagements, meet up times etc.
BYPB RULES -  Just a few rules to make the band a happier and safer place. 

Pipers Information

Looking After Your Pipes

Of all the instruments in the band the pipes are the most important to look after and they probably takes the most looking after too. They are the most expensive instrument in the band and they do need to be taken care of to make sure they work properly. The following guidelines will help to keep your pipes in good condition.

The better you look after your pipes the more likely they are to work and sound nice.


  • Itís very important to keep the reeds in your pipes as dry as possible, so after you have played them for a long period, you need to open up your case and pull the reeds out of their stocks to dry off. You also need to unzip the bag to air/dry out. Please be very careful when taking reeds out of stocks.
  • Drying your reeds will stop the chanter reed going mouldy and should make the reed last longer. Drone reeds will stop working if they are wet, because the little plastic tongue will stick to the main part of the reed and stop vibrating.
  • Inside the bag, some sets of pipes have a plastic tube with a bottle on the end. Inside the bottle is a piece of material that soaks up moisture from inside the bag, helping to keep your reeds dry.

    This needs to dried out regularly, if you don't dry it out it will go mouldy, slimy, smell and affect your reeds.
  • All the joints (the bits that fit together with yellow string) of your pipes need to fit snugly together. The hemp (yellow string) may need to be moistened to keep the joints tight.
  • If the joints of your pipes are loose then that means they are losing air and will be harder to blow, this can also effect your drone reeds.
  • If your pipes get wet from playing in the rain, then you have to completely take apart your pipes. Take the cover off the bag and open up the zip to air/dry out. If you donít they will start to smell horrible and it's very difficult to get rid of the smell.
  • Your pipes can be polished with ordinary household furniture polish, if you have silver bits on your pipes they should be cleaned with silver polish.


  • Do not store your pipes next to a radiator or other heater, this will damage them. Wooden pipes will dry out too much and then the wood will crack and plastic pipes may start to warp (bend out of shape).
  • Do not store your pipes in the boot of a car Ė Extreme temperature differences, cold nights, hot days, will damage your pipes.
  • Do not leave your pipes lying around where they may get trodden on.
  • Do not remove your chanter by holding the bottom, it may snap. Always remove it slowly from the top part, nearest the stock. 

Here are links to videos on YouTube, they are private videos and only available
through these links, you wont find them by searching YouTube.
Please keep them to our members and don't share them with the public.
Videos for beginners - These are the basic tunes, slowed down, to help you learn the fingering.
Beginners - Slowed Down | Full Speed - Simple
  1 - The Scale |
  2 - Mhari's Wedding |   2 - Mhari's Wedding
  3 - When the Battle's Over |   3 - When the Battle's Over
  4 - Balmoral |   4 - Balmoral
  5 - Green Hills of Tyrol |   5 - Green Hills of Tyrol
  6 - Scotland the Brave |   6 - Scotland the Brave
  7 - Bide Awa |   7 - Bide Awa
  8 - Wooden Heart |   8 - Wooden Heart
  9 - Rowan Tree |   9 - Rowan Tree
10 - Amazing Grace | 10 - Amazing Grace
Mrs Mary Gray Mrs Mary Gray

Tenor Drummer Information
Looking After Your Tenor or Bass Drum
Donít forget to always respect your drum, the drum belongs to the band and will be passed on to others when you leave the band. Try to keep it in the same condition as you received it. The following guidelines will help to keep your drum and sticks in good condition.
  • Polish your drum - You can polish it with ordinary household furniture polish.
  • White drum skins can be cleaned with kitchen surface cleaner.
  • Black/clear drum skins can be polished with ordinary household furniture polish.
  • Leather drum slings can be polished with shoeshine, be careful not to get any on the back of the sling as this may stain your shirt.
  • Tenor Sticks can be brushed to keep them fluffy and be sponged clean.
  • Always put your drum down carefully with two hands. This stops the bottom of the drum getting damaged and reduces the risk of dropping it.
  • Dry your drum off when it gets wet, if you donít it will go rusty.
  • When putting your drum away make sure there is nothing sharp near the drum skin that may harm it (sticks/sling).
  • Do not sit on your drum Ė This will stretch the drum skin and put the drum out of tune.
  • Do not store your drum in the boot of a car Ė Extreme temperature differences, cold nights, hot days, will cause condensation inside the drum and it will go rusty. The drum is made out of wood so different temperatures will make the drum expand and shrink and in the long run will cause damage.
  • Do not hit your drum with anything other than a drumstick Ė You may damage the drum skin or even break it.
  • Do not hit your tenor stick hard on anything other than your drum and never hit the shaft on anything Ė You will break the stick and they are expensive to replace.

    Drum sticks are made to hit drums, not people! 

Parts of the Tenor Drum



Side Drummer Information
Looking After Your Side Drum

Donít forget to always respect your drum, the side drum is the most expensive drum in the band. Your drum will be passed on to others when you leave the band so try to keep it in the same condition as you received it.

The following guidelines will help to keep your drum and sticks in good condition.

  • Your drum can be polished with ordinary household furniture polish.
  • Top drum skin can be cleaned with kitchen surface cleaner.
  • Bottom drum skin can be polished with ordinary household furniture polish.
  • Your Harness can be cleaned with kitchen surface cleaner.
  • Sticks can be cleaned with kitchen surface cleaner.
  • Always put your drum down carefully with two hands. This stops the bottom of the drum getting damaged and reduces the risk of dropping it.
  • Dry your drum off when it gets wet, if you donít it will go rusty.
  • When putting your drum away make sure there is nothing sharp near the drum skin.

  • Do not sit on your drum Ė This will stretch the drum skin and put the drum out of tune.
  • Do not store your drum in the boot of a car Ė Extreme temperature differences, cold nights, hot days, will cause condensation inside the drum and the snares will go rusty.
    Some of the drums are made out of wood so different temperatures will make the drum expand and shrink and in the long run cause damage.

  • Do not hit your drum with anything other than a drumstick Ė You may damage the drum skin or even break it.
  • Avoid hitting the shaft of your sticks on the rim of the drum or tables this will dent you sticks or could break them.

    Drum sticks are made to hit drums, not people! 

Parts of the Side Drum


About Your Uniform

To make the band accessible to everyone the band provides you with everything you need while youíre in the band. In lots of organisations you have to buy your uniform and most bands
will expect you to buy your own instrument as well.

Why itís important to look after your uniform and instrument - The main reason for looking after your uniform and instrument is that itís VERY expensive. When you leave the band your uniform and instrument will be passed onto new members so the more you look after it, the longer it will last, saving the band money.

So when you are not wearing your uniform, hang it up and keep it all together. This way you won't lose bits of it and it will take less looking after. Looking after your instrument will keep it working properly and be easier play (pipes) and sounding good.

Remember your uniform and instrument are ďYOURĒ responsibility Ė

  • Do not allow others to mess/play with it
  • Do not take it school
  • Do not take it out to play with your friends 

The Bands Tartan - Lamont

There are hundreds and hundreds of tartans. Every Clan (family) in Scotland has it own tartan. When the band started we decided to wear the Ancient Lamont tartan, this is a sort of faded version on the modern Lamont, we thought it looked nicer. Scottish people call it "Lamunt", don't know why!

It is thought that the Lamonts came from Ulster in Ireland. The Clan powerfully ruled almost all of the rugged lands of the Cowal peninsula in Argyll. However, Clan Lamont was severely crippled by the Dunoon Massacre in 1646, when Campbell clansmen brutally murdered around 200 Lamont clan members. As a result of this and other events, Clan Lamont were pushed back into smaller areas of Cowal. Many Lamonts moved to different parts of Scotland, particularly to the lowland areas.

Because of all the fierce fighting between clans, people would change there surnames to stay out of trouble so people with the family names (Septs): Black, Blackie, Blaik, Blaikie, Blake, Broun, Brown, Burden, Burdon, Clement, Douglas, Forsyth, Lamb, Lambie, Lammie, Lamond, Lamondson, Lemmon, Lemond, Limond, Limont, Lucas, Luck, Luckie, Luke, MacAldowie, MacAlduie, MacClement, MacClymont, MacEaracher, MacErchar, MacErracher, MacFarquhar, MacGilledow, MacGorrie, MacIldowie, MacIlwhom, MacKerchar, MacKerracher, MacLamond, MacLemon, MacLucas, MacLuckie, MacLuke, MacLymont, MacMunn, MacPatrick, MacPhun, MacSorley, Meikleham, Meiklem, Munn, Paterson, Patrick, Sorley, Toward, Towart, Turner, White, Whyte. Are also intitled to wear the Lamont Tartan.

  • The Clans Crest - A dexter hand, coupled at the wrist.
  • The Clans Moto -  Ne parcas nec spernas (Neither spare nor dispose or Neither spare nor scorn).
  • The Clans Norse name - Law-giver.
  • The Clans Gaelic name - MacLaomainn.

Your Uniform

These are all the parts that make up your uniform. Here you will find out all the proper names for each bit and how to look after it. The most import thing to do to look after your uniform is keep it hung up and all together, not somewhere on your bedroom floor. 

   Hat -  The hat that we wear is called a Glengarry and the red feathers in the hat are called a hackle.

The band looks after your hat, so you donít lose it or forget it. Your hat should be handed in at the end of an engagement.

 Shirt -  The band will issue you with two shirts, one short sleeve shirt which we wear most of the time, and a long sleeve shirt for winter carnivals and parades.

You can wear layers of clothes under your shirt to keep you warmer, as long as these garments are not visible we donít mind what you wear, white is always best.

   Tie -  I think you all know what a tie is, please do not put them in the washing machine or tumble dryer. They'll come out smaller and fluffy and will make the Pipe Major go GRRRRRRR!
   Waistcoat -  Sometimes waistcoats are also called vests. Never put your waistcoat in the washing machine or tumble dryer. Any stains should be sponged off.
   Jacket -  Our jackets are Argyle Jackets. There are different styles of jacket, but most Pipe Bands wear this style.

Please take care of your Jacket, they are very expensive, costing over £100. Please keep your jacket hung up when you're not wearing it, not screwed up in a bag or drum case. It should be dry cleaned 
 Belt -  Helpful for holding your kilt up and keeping your shirt tucked in, they also carry your waterproof cape when we think it might rain.

They do need polishing from time to time!
   Sporran -  This is the furry thing you hang on the front of your kilt and fill with sweets.

Please undo the buckle at the back when taking it on and off NOT the clip at the front, this puts a strain on the leather strap on the back of the sporran and the stitching will start to break. Just remember what hole you use on the strap itís easy!

Kilt -  Probably the most important part of your uniform. This is another part of the uniform you never ever, ever put in the washing machine or tumble dryer, they need to be dry cleaned.

The easiest way to look after your kilt is to keep it hung up when youíre not wearing it. This will help keep the creases out and the pleats looking nice.

When ironing your kilt try to keep the white stripes running down the pleat at the back. Our kilts are made to the stripe, which means you can see the main stripe (white on our tartan) running along the pleats at the back and look nice swinging when we march along. Lots of kilts are made to ďsettĒ which means the pattern of the tartan runs all the way around the kilt.

u-socks Socks - 

Flashes - 

We wear white pipers socks and they need washing at a low temperature or they will shrink.

These are the red things that hold your socks up. The outside edge of the front flash should run down the front of your leg when you have them on.

u-shoes Shoes -  The shoes we wear are called Ghillie Brogues. The Ghillie (pronounced gilly, sounds like silly, but with a g not an s) part refers to the laces and the Brogue is the style of shoe.

Keep your shoes polished, this not only makes them look nice but helps to keep the water out and will make them last longer. The most important thing it not to drag your feet when wearing them as it costs around £25 to get new bottoms for your shoes, so pick up your feet!

You can polish your shoes with proper shoe polish that you rub out and then buff up or the easiest way is to use black liquid instant shoe shine. Which you sponge on and leave to dry.

u-cape Cape -  The waterproof cape the band uses is called an Inverness Cape.

The cape comes in a black pouch that we wear on our belts when we think it might rain.

The band looks after your cape.

Coat -  You will be issued with a band coat to wear to keep you warm and dry while weíre not performing.

This coat must only be used for band, not as an everyday coat to wear to school etc. So you can wear it on band engagements, to band practice or any time youíre representing the band.

Polo Shirt -  The band will give you a blue polo shirt with the bands logo on it. You can wear this when you like and you can keep it when you leave the band.

How to wear your uniform

Putting on your uniform for the first time can be a little daunting, here are a few helpful hits how it should be worn.

Hat - When we issue your hat at the start of an engagement you are expected to keep it on your head until you're told you can take it off. It must be worn on the top of your head (not the back) and should be 20mm to 25mm above your eyebrow.

w-tieShirt and Tie - The shirt should be clean, pressed and all buttons fastened. The tie should be fastened securely around the neck with the knot tight in the centre under the points of the collar.

Waistcoat - Itís not very hard to put on a waistcoat. Put your arms through the holes and button it up at the front.

Jacket - A bit like the waistcoat, but this time you put your arms down the long tube things and you only have one button to do up.

Kilt - The kilt is the most important part of your uniform. The kilt is your trademark, it is what makes you part of your band/clan, and it is very important that you wear it well and wear it with pride.Kilts are worn high up the waist, just above the belly button and not on the hips, boys! Pleats are worn on the back and the apron (flat bit) on the front. The kilt should be clean, neatly pressed and free from creases

Belt - The belt should be worn around the waist at the top of the kilt with the buckle positioned centrally (the centre of the buckle in line with the sporran and the centre of the kilt). The belt should be worn firm to the body.

Sporran - The sporran should be worn centrally over the front of the kilt, with the top of the sporran one handís width below the buckle of the belt. If no belt is worn then the sporran should be one handís width from the bottom button of the waistcoat. If in doubt put it on your bits.

w-socksSocks - The socks should be worn with the tops three fingers distance from the bone on the outside of the knee joint. The patterns and seams should be vertically straight, not twisted. The tops/turn downs should be the same height and an even width.Turning down the sock tops Ė If you have skinny legs then you fold the top of the sock in half to wear the stripes start on the socks and then half again. If you donít have such skinny legs then the sock top should be folded only half way down the knobbly sock top and over again.

Flashes - These hold your socks up and are worn under the fold downs of your sock tops.Flashes should be worn on both legs and be of equal length. The leading edge of the flash should be vertically worn in line with the front of the leg. 

Shoes - Shoes should be clean and polished. Doing up the laces - Pull laces tight, twist the laces together three times at mouth of shoe (where the tongue should be), this tightens the shoe onto your foot. Then take the laces around back of your leg, cross once at rear and back to the front, cross again and around the back, cross again and back to the front, then tie a bow on the front of the leg. Laces shouldnít go too far up your leg and be at an even height.

Coming Out with the Band 

Coming out with the band for the first time can be a little bit scary, here are a few things to remember. Theyíre not really rules, just what we get up to and what we expect from you.

Meeting Place      We usually meet up in the Pill Car Park, just opposite the Burton Art Gallery, but we do sometimes meet in other places, so keep your eyes and ears open!

Meeting Time       The meeting time is the time we want you to be there by, ideally we would like to leave at this time, so please get there at least 5 or 10 minutes before the time given.

Uniform                You should turn up in your full uniform. This is to make sure you donít forget anything. You donít have to wear your jacket all the time, but still have to bring it even if itís a hot sunny day. You stay in uniform until you are told otherwise.

Food & Drink       Sometimes we are given food or drink by the organisers of an engagement, but thatís not very often. The band usually supply a drink during or after an engagement. After most engagements we stop at a chip shop or something similar for food, so youíll need to bring some money for this.

Getting Home      The driver of the car you go in will get you home. We do try to give an idea of when weíll be finished, but weíre never quite sure when weíll get home.

Behaviour            When youíre out with the band, we do expect you to be on your best behaviour, as you are not only representing the band, but also the town. Donít forget you are wearing a uniform so you do tend to stand out from the crowd, so if you do something stupid, it stands out and reflects badly on the band. You must stay with the band at all times. If your parents pick you up after an engagement always tell someone you are going. 

Attendance          We do expect regular attendance at engagements. Youíve done all the hard work to learn your instrument and get your uniform so why not get out there and show it off.
Every band member is important, donít ever think itís only me they wont miss me, we do miss everyone that doesn't turn up. The band works as a team and works best when we all work together.

If you cannot make an engagement please tell us as soon as possible, telling us the night before is not much help, especially if half the band does it and we have no band to go out with. Please tell us about holidays so we can turn down engagements if we know lots of people are going to be away.


Respect                When youíre out with the band please respect others that are around you. Make way for the public, you may only be children, but it can still be intimidating to walk pass or through when you're in a group. Always put your instrument down where it wonít be in the way.
Remember you are in uniform, so they know who you are and where to complain about you.  
Please take care of your uniform when your out with the band, be careful where you sit down in case you damage or stain it.

Band Rules

The band does have a few simple rules just to help things along
most of them are common sense and not that hard to stick to.

  1. ALCOHOL - No alcohol to be brought to or consumed prior to or during a band engagement or band practice.

  2. SMOKING - No smoking at band practice. Smoking on a band engagement will only be tolerated when the band has fallen out and must be done away from the younger band members and out of sight of members of the public.

  3. CHEWING Ė There will be no chewing gum or sweets at band practice or while on parade at an engagement. Sweets will only be allowed during break at band practice and when fallen out at an engagement.

  4. INSTRUMENTS - Misuse of band equipment will not be tolerated. Instruments and uniforms are issued to individuals and are their responsibility, they are not to be used or tampered with by any other person, including band members, unless permission is given to do so by the band leader, the pipe major or tutor.

  5. PERFORMING - Playing instruments or wearing band uniforms will not be allowed, other than at home, at official band practice times, at band engagements, without permission from the band leader or the pipe major.

  6. UNIFORM - On engagements band members should remain in the uniform of the day, unless permission is given by the band leader or the pipe major to remove any item.

  7. BEHAVIOUR - Unsocial behaviour will not be tolerated at any time. This includes swearing, bullying and nastiness.

  8. DISMISSAL - The band leaders are responsible for all disciplinary matters. The management committee are to review any serious breach of discipline involving dismissal.

  9. JEWELLERY & MAKE UP - Unsuitable jewellery, make up and accessories, for example large earrings, inappropriate hair accessories and heavy make up, are not allowed. The pipe major or band leaders decision is final.

10. SUBCRIPTIONS - Subs are to be paid weekly, even if you are unable to attend subs are still to be paid as overheads remain payable by the band.

11. DRUGS - Drug abuse in any form will not be tolerated and will lead to instant dismissal.

12. COMPLAINTS - All suggestions or complaints regarding the band or band members should be made to an adult member of the band or a member of the youth committee.

13. THE RULES - All the rules are your responsibility. If you help or encourage someone to break the rules, then you are as guilty of breaking the rules as the person or persons that you helped.

14. RUNNING - There is no running, shouting or riotous behaviour before, during or after band practice. This rule is in place for your safety.

15. PRACTICE - Young band members are not allowed outside the practice unless accompanied by an adult.

16. MOBILE PHONES - Unsocial mobile phone behaviour will not be tolerated. Phones should be switched off or put in silent mode when at band practice or on an engagement and should never be used on parade, when teaching or being taught at practice. All use of your mobile phone should be restrained until break time at practices and when the band has been fallen out at engagements.

All of the rules apply to both younger band members and adult band members without exception.

These rules are subject to change.

An engagement includes travelling to and from an event and ALL the time spent at that venue.

Latest News!!!!
Next Engagement
Sat 15th - Okehampton Carnival
Meet - Pill Car Park
Time - 5pm
Home - Between 10 & 11pm
Info - First cold one of the year, LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS and lots of layers under your shirt.

Chippy after!!!!


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