The Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums perform for a variety of activities including parades, memorials, parties, and special occasions. For more than 14 years, the band has performed at hundreds of parades and holiday celebrations throughout the Northeast. Wearing traditional Irish saffron kilts, the band has marched in the Newport, Rhode Island and New York City's St. Patrick's Day parades. Halftime and military tattoo performances at the US Military Academy at West Point, the Danbury Irish Festival, and Danbury's Concert on the Green are just a few of the popular activities where the band entertains folks with their moving bagpipe and drum performances. In 1999, the band was also invited to perform at a special military tattoo for the governor of the island of Bermuda. The band is available for parades, celebrations, holidays, parties and any special occasion where Celtic pipe and drum music can lend that special sound and sight to the day. Our music lists include many of the most popular Irish and Scottish marches, airs, jigs and reels settings. We take our heritage, music and band seriously but also know how to have fun! Interested in playing the pipes or drums? The Celtic Cross band is looking for experienced pipers as well as anyone interested in the learning the art. The teaching sessions are one hour weekly, usually of Thursday evenings prior to the bands standard practice sessions. A nominal weekly fee is charged. Beginners start with a practice chanter to learn the fundamental rudiments and basic tunes. Usually it takes about 3-6 months before students progress to the bagpipes themselves. Student drummers are also welcome for either snare, bass or tom-tom's. Practice times are similar to those for the pipers noted above. Rehearsals are held in the Elks Lodge Auditorium, at 346 Main St., Danbury, CT. We meet every Thursday from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Stop by and see what it's all about. Visitors are welcome.
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