Think of piping and drumming and thoughts of Scotland immediately come to mind. But while the Highlands remain its spiritual and organisational home, the rousing sound of bagpipes and beats is slowly but surely making its way south.
By entering the Army Cadet Forces piping and drumming structured learning programme you can earn a Cadet Proficiency Certificate, gain ACF Star levels, study for the BTEC First Diploma in Music and attain the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board / Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Certificates in Piping, Pipe Band Drumming and Bass & Tenor Drumming. The various Army Cadet Force Battalions and Counties conduct weekly training however at a national level, piping and drumming tuition takes place over five weekends during the winter and three week long courses held throughout the year. The main event in the calendar is the Easter Concentration which is normally held at Cameron Barracks in Inverness. There, the ACF's pipers and drummers gather together for an intense week of practise and tuition, culminating in two parades through Dingwall and Inverness city centre attracting crowds of over 2,000 at each event.
Piping and Drumming has a great track record in seeing its cadets continue their interest in bands after they leave the ACF - a testament to the high standards of training and support received in the ACF. Piping and drumming is available to both Cadets and Adult Instructors within the ACF.