Pipe Band Scholarship

St. Andrews offers excellent scholarship opportunities for experienced pipers and drummers. Pipers and drummers of all levels of expertise are invited to inquire about our scholarship programs. Candidates must submit an application for a Scottish Heritage Scholarship and visit our campus for an audition. Excellent academic scholarship assistance is also available for those who qualify. For information, please contact the Instructor of the College Pipe Band at (910) 277-5236 or bagpipe@sa.edu. General admissions information can be obtained by contacting the Office of Admission at 1-800-763-0198 or by visiting the college website.


Academic Minor Program
In the 2004-05 academic year the universities music department created an Academic Minor in Music with a Concentration in Bagpipe Performance. Students enrolling in the program will receive private tuition in both light music and Piobaireachd, as well as participate in the university pipe band. Coursework in music theory, musicology, and other relative topics will provide the student with an excellent opportunity for serious study and performance.


Prospective Pipers and Drummers Welcomed
Whether you are a prize-winning piper or drummer, or a novice, our educational programs can help you reach your goals in piping and drumming. Beginners and novice level players are also welcomed, and private tuition is available for those who would like to explore beginning the bagpipes or drums. Non-Scottish style drummers who have good rudimental skills and reading ability can often make excellent pipe band drummers. Instruction is available in piping and drumming at all levels.


Curriculum Offerings
Members of the university pipe band will receive academic credit for their participation by enrolling in the St. Andrews Pipe Band (MLE 109) each semester. Non-competing members or novices may also receive credit by enrolling in the Beginning Pipe Band (MLE 106) by permission of the instructor. Private tuition is available each semester for those wishing to pursue their skills further. One hour or half-hour lessons are available through the MLE (Music Lessons) curriculum. Many students interested in Scottish piping and drumming also enroll in the Musics of the Celtic World (MLE 274/374) course which is offered annually.