Are you interested in learning to play the bagpipes or drums and playing in a pipe band?

What are we offering?

Come and join us!
Learn to play the bagpipes.
Learn to play snare drum, tenor drum or bass drum.
Free tuition as individuals and in small groups.
Structured learning programme with option of certification.
Make new friends
Learn new skill
Learn to work as a team
Gain confidence
Experience the thrill and passion of playing in a Scottish Pipe Band
Opportunities to perform at parades, concerts and festivals.
Opportunities to travel to new places

Where and when do we practice?

St Andrews Church Hall, London Road/Craven Road, Reading RG1 5BD
(Just beside the Royal Berks Hospital)
Monday evening 6.30pm – 8.00pm

What does it cost?

When you come along you’ll have 4 free weeks to decide if you would like to join.
Junior membership is £20 per year.
Senior membership is £40 per year.

What do you get for your membership?

Free loan of a practice chanter or pad and drum sticks
Free tuition and materials
Free uniform when you turn out for the band

What age do I have to be?

Youth members play from 6:00 to 8:00pm (8 to 18 years old)
Senior members play from 7:15 to 9:45pm

What do we expect from you?

Becoming a member of the band does take commitment and we do expect regular attendance and some practice at home.
As with every hobby is does take dedication to be good at what you do, so the more practice the quicker you’ll be out playing in the band.

How to join

First step – contact us.
Phone or email or come along and visit us on a Monday night.
Contact: Ron Paterson, Pipe Major 
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Forthcoming Band Engagements


Forthcoming engagements will be highlighted here. For full details and a full listing of forthcoming band engagements, see our Events Diary.

Sun 16 Jun 2024

Scotland in Colchester


Car park: Catchpool Rd, off Cowdray Avenue, CO1 1XN
Event Website

Sat 22 Jun 2024

Mortimer Fun Day

Transport through the ages

Mortimer Fairground, off Hammonds Heath Road, Mortimer RG7 3RG

Sat 29 Jun 2024

Armed Forces Day

Broad Street, Reading
Outside M&S / The Oracle

Sat 6 Jul 2024

Fleet Carnival

Event Website

Sun 14 Jul 2024

Highland Gathering


Charter Field, Corby Old Village
Event Website

Sat 20 Jul 2024

Newport IoW

Newport Town Centre
Details TBC

Sun 21 Jul 2024

Island Highland Gathering

IoW Steam Railway, Havenstreet, Ryde PO33 4DS
Event Website

25-27 Jul 2024

Eksjö International Tattoo

Eksjö, Sweden
Event Website

10 Aug 2024

Newbury Collection

Newbury Town Centre

17 Aug 2024

World Championships


Glasgow Green
Event Website

25 Aug 2024

Swallowfield Show

Event Website

For more information on each event, see the Events Diary page

* events with an asterisk are not yet confirmed

youth team

Interested in learning the bagpipes or drums?

Come and join us!
Learn to play the bagpipes.
Learn to play snare drum, tenor drum or bass drum.
Free tuition as individuals and in small groups.

More Information