The band established in February of 2003. The band is a non-profit 501 c3 band. The Quaboag (pronounced Kway-bog) Highlanders Pipe Band is a Non-profit, Community Based, Family Oriented, Fun Pipe Band based in the scenic Quaboag Hills region of Western Massachusetts with a second practice location in Chicopee Massachusetts. Since its formation in early 2003, the Quaboag Highlanders Pipes and Drums have grown to become the Largest American Show Pipe-Band in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All band members volunteer their time and talent in order to bring the music of highland piping and drumming to the Quaboag region and beyond. While we do have a lot of fun together, we also put in a lot of effort. Clearly we work hard at improving each member's musical skills. That's a given. But we also encourage members to give something back to the communities of the Quaboag and Pioneer Valleys. Since our inception, we've been honored to perform at ceremonial services for Police Officers, Firefighters and U.S. Veterans both locally and outside of the Quaboag Hills Region. We also support our communities by providing music at various charity and fund raising events, as well as at various municipal and civic ceremonies. On the weekends in the late Spring, Summer and early Fall we have another tradition. We have impromptu practice/performance sessions on the various commons in the various towns and communities in the region. These have been well received and we hope to expand on that. However, The Quaboag Highlanders Pipe-Band is not just a performance band. It's also a teaching band. We believe that there is a place in the band for everyone. Each October we open our doors to anyone interested in learning to play the bagpipes. That's when we begin our annual basic bagpipe training class. We start from scratch: we teach each student how to read the music; how to keep time and rhythm to the piece being played; and ultimately, how to play the Bagpipes or Highland Drums at our home base located in Monson Massachusetts. Each April we open our doors to anyone interested in learning to play the bagpipes or drums in our second practice location at the Knights of Columbus hall on Granby Rd. in Chicopee Massachusetts. Our basic Pipe-Band drum class is open to new students year round. This program is designed to provide training in the snare drum, tenor drum and bass drum. The percussion section is very important to a pipe band. It's the heartbeat which ties it all in. The Band purchases all drums for the drum line and provides what we consider to be the best instruction available in the area at no cost to the members. Our Educational Performances are geared to educate the general public on the world of bagpiping. This is a show and tell type of performance where we talk about the history of piping and drumming as well as the history of the Quaboag Highlanders Pipes & Drums as we perform in Full Regalia. This is an interactive program where questions get answered, music is enjoyed and fun is had by all. For those who would like to be a part of a unique pipe band, but are not interested in playing a musical instrument, we offer training with what will become one of the shining jewels of the band: The Highland Guard of the Quaboag Highlanders Pipes and Drums. Which consists of our Flag Bearers and Rifle Drill Team. In sum, as Celtic Ambassadors of the Quaboag Hills Region, our vision for the future is fairly simple: To Grow; To provide quality music at public events; To teach the pipes and drums; and most especially, To preserve the Celtic Heritage of the Quaboag Hills Region.
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