The British Columbia Pipers’ Association (BCPA) has an 90 year history of encouraging youth and adults to learn and improve their skills at the Great Highland Bagpipe and Scottish Snare, Tenor, and Bass drumming.

Our association is proud to include several world-class instructors and several world-champions in our membership bringing instruction within the BC Pipers’ Association to the next level.

Experience the enjoyment and passion of playing music, learning and working in teams, developing strong leadership skills, and building life-long friendships.

Learning the pipes and drums creates incredible benefits to youth and adults alike. In the article For the parents at pipes│drums website it includes insightful thoughts about many of those benefits, intended for parents of new players, but helpful for anyone looking to learn.

One of the most effective ways to learn piping and drumming is to hire an instructor for either private instruction or group instruction and many choose both.

The BCPA also includes several organizations that offer piping and drumming instruction tailored towards the youth:

Youth Pipe Band Organizations

BurnabyRobert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band
SurreyWhite Spot Pipe Band
PentictonOkanagan Youth Pipe Band
Edmonds, WANorthwest Junior Pipe Band
Everett, WAKenmore & District Pipe Band
Portland, ORPortland Metro Youth Pipe Band

Adult Pipe Band Organizations

North VancouverJP Fell Pipe Band
SurreyCedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band
VictoriaGreater Victoria Police Pipe Band
Seattle, WAKeith Highlanders Pipe Band
Tacoma, WAClan Gordon Pipe Band
Everett, WAThe Kenmore & District Pipe Band

The pipe bands listed in our Youth and Adult learning organizations can also provide instruction, or can put you in touch with instructors they recommend as well.

The BCPA hosts seminars intended to provide information for new pipers and drummers interested in competition. Music competitions give new players an opportunity to hear from a variety of top piping and drumming judges who provide written feedback to help the new player improve.