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Practice Schedule

Visiting pipers, bagpipe students and wantabes are invited to attend our practices.  Check with
Pipe Major Billy DuBose, 803-782-1958, or Gary Hipp, 737-3285, 345-5675 for details.

Anyone interested in learning to play the Great Highland Bagpipes is welcome to attend our Band's lessons and rehearsals on Monday evenings at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church. We are a "teaching band." This means that members of the Palmetto Pipes and Drums will help you learn to play, hoping that you will stick with it, learn to play well, and in turn join the band and make your own contribution to the life of the band. The little bit of money we ask for tuition goes into the bands account to buy music, chanters, reeds and uniform items.


Monday evenings, roughly August through May.

5:30-6:30 Chanter Class, for beginners through intermediate students

6:30-7:00 Issues for transition to bagpipes & advanced chanter

7:00-8:30 Band Rehearsal


$60 Practice Chanter, for sale by the band if you don't already have one

$12 Sandy Jones' Beginning the Bagpipe tutor book

$40 Tuition for the first 8 lessons


$100 Package for all of the above, save $12.

Note: The band will buy back your practice chanter for $30 if you decide later not to continue.

Make checks payable to The Pipe Band


Forest Lake Presbyterian Church
6500 North Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 787-5629

The church is on Trenholm Rd. (in Forest Acres, on the east side of the metropolitan area), at the corner of Trenholm and Rockbridge Roads. People coming from Irmo/Chapin/Aiken usually take I-20 to Two Notch Rd., and get on Trenholm near Columbia Mall. Folks coming from downtown will follow Gervais to where it turns right into Trenholm. From I-77-North, take the Decker Bvd. Exit. If you're on I-77-South, you'll have to take the Percival Road exit (because there is no exit at Decker, southbound).

The church is as the corner of North Trenholm and Rockbridge Roads. There is a red light at that intersection, and it's the only red light between Trenholm Plaza and Decker Blvd.-about half-way. It is NOT the humongous Baptist church across the street. Call me or one of the others if you'd like directions. Click on this "link" and it might bring up a map, for those of you not on AOL:

Drive around to the rear of the church, you'll want to park near the dumpster and enter the door at the north end of the building (the end of the building nearest Decker Blvd. & Columbia Mall).

We're upstairs on the second floor.

See you there.

W.P.  "Billy" DuBose III
Pipe Major














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