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Q: What Tartan does the band wear.
A: Each band member wears their own kilt of choice. We intentionally are not wearing one common tartan. We like how the mix of tartans look.
Q: What uniform(s) does the band wear.
A: For formal events, we wear a white dress shirt with black tie (or tie that matches your kilt), black 5 button vest, kilt, kilt belt, sporran, black hose and flashes, and black shoes.
A: For informal events like parades, we wear a black embroidered golf shirt, kilt, kilt belt, sporran, black hose and flashes, and black shoes. If it is an outdoor event we will also wear a glengarry. For cooler weather we will add a black embroidered jacket. For rainy days we add an Inverness Cape.
Q: Does the band provide the uniform?
A: At this time each band member is responsible for their own uniform parts. The embroidered shirts and jackets are available through the band. The cost of the jacket, and the embroidery on both is subsidized by the band.
The rest of the uniform parts can be acquired through the
Fraser Highland Shoppe. They provide a generous discount to band members. As well, between the members we have some spare items such as sporrans that can be borrowed.
We do have in our long term budget items such as Sporrans, cap badges, belt buckles, etc that eventually would be issued.
Q: Does the band provide instruments?
A: At this time the band owns snares, tenor and bass drums, carriers (harness), mallets for the tenor and bass, and drum cases. Snare drummers must supply their own sticks and practice pad. Pipers must provide their own pipes. The band provides pipers with reeds.
Q: Is there a cost to belong?
A: Yes, we have an annual fee of $10 to belong to the society, and the band has a dues as well (set each year, currently 180). When you participate in the parades and fundraisers you receive credits towards the dues and any other expenses levied by the band (e.g. Burns night tickets).
We Pro-rate the annual band dues, by reducing the amount by 20% per quarter you didn’t belong (join in the band 3rd Quarter, save 40%). We defer the dues owing date until the first parade/performance (so that credits from that event can be applied) that you are eligible to participate in.
We currently provide the drums and harnesses to the drummers rent free.
Q: What level does the band play at?
A: We have two bands within the band – a parade band and a performance band. The parade band plays massed band tunes (or similar level) so anyone is welcome to join. The performance band plays more challenging tunes (Strathspeys, Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes) at roughly a grade 3 level so a more advanced player is certainly welcome. We don’t have a formal qualification process; if you can play the tunes you are allowed to sit with the band.
Q: When are practices?
A: The full band practices Sunday afternoons from 2-4.
Drum section practices are Sunday afternoons from 1-2
Pipe Section practices are Tuesday evenings from 7-9.
We do not hold practices on long weekends.
We occasionally hold an extra practice the Thursday or Friday evening before a parade or performance (depending on how the weeks leading up to the performance went). We also cancel a Sunday practice if there is a parade on Saturday.
Q: What time commitment is expected?
A: Ideally our members attend all practices and performances, though we recognize that isn’t possible. We have roughly 40 Band events (practices/parades/performances) a year. The pipers have another roughly 45 sectional practices during the year.
We ask everyone to have a personal commitment of attending 3 of every 4 practices and as many parades/performances as they can attend.