The Northwest Junior Pipe Band is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides an alternative music experience for kids age 8 to 18. The band is based in the city of Shoreline (North Seattle, WA USA) and is open to any young person in the Puget Sound region interested in Scottish piping or drumming.
The NWJPB is a competition and performance-oriented pipe band, traveling each summer to Scottish Highland Games, competing against other bands and playing for the thousands of people who attend these events. The band also performs at a variety of festivals, parades and private events throughout the year.
The band wears traditional, civilian-style Scottish uniforms with MacKenzie tartan kilts. A very impressive sight.
We are committed to nurturing the values of dedication, practice, teamwork, respect, responsibility, community service and tradition - always in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. Each year we donate several performances to a variety of causes. Band members can earn valuable community service hours for school in this way.
Come check us out!
The band meets on Thursday nights from 5:30 until 8:30 and Sundays 1:00 to 5:00 at Shorecrest High School during the school year, and at an alternate location during the summer. If you would like to come by a practice, please contact us. We love to have visitors at practice.
Kevin Auld - Band Director and Piping Instruction
Kevin began his piping career as a student at Shorecrest High School, where he has since returned to teach the piping program. Kevin played with the Washington Scottish Pipe Band for 14 years, serving as Pipe Sergeant as well as Pipe Major.
He is a full-time bagpipe instructor and plays with the Celtic music ensemble 'Piper's Creek'. www.seattlepiper.com
Steve Roy - Head Drumming Instructor
Steve has been a quiet but influential part of the pipe band scene in Seattle for many years. He began Scottish drumming with the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band, then played with the City of Seattle Grade 1 Pipe Band as a corps player as well as lead drummer. He attended Cornish College of the Arts, focusing on percussion performance.
Steve teaches several styles of drumming as well as playing in a latin jazz ensemble. You can contact Steve at (425) 775-3417 or www.steveroydrumming.com
Marcie MacRae - Tenor and Bass Drum
Marcie has been playing the tenor drum since she was 7, having been raised in one of the most active and influential piping families in the Northwest.
She has played both tenor and bass drum with the Washington Scottish Pipe Band as well as teaching private lessons and instructing local pipe bands.
You can contact Marcie at (206) 850-6822 or www.macraedrumming.com
In addition to these senior instructors, graduates and advanced members of the band also help instruct beginning players. This builds patience, teaches leadership and helps kids connect. All beginning instruction is overseen by the senior instructors.
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