Courses

ACF Pipes and Drums Event Forecast 2017

Novice and 1 Star Piping and Drumming Course

We will be holding our next Novice course in July 2017 at Redford Cavalry Barracks in Edinburgh.  

Star Level Development Courses

2, 3 & 4 Star Courses

Annually during the Scottish October school holidays the ACF academic piping and drumming ourses are run in order to prepare and assess Army Cadet Force pipers and drummers for their Star Awards (Music). The courses are 7 days duration and cover all aspects of Piping and Drumming: Practical perfromance, Music Theory, Instrument Maintenance, Piping and Drumming in the Army, Leadership and Method of Instruction.

Instruction takes place at the Army Cadet Force Pipes and Drums Centre at Redford Cavalry Barracks. Cadets are assessed based on the ACF Piping and Drumming Syllabus and the PDQB Syllabus giving them the opportunity to achieve both their ACF Star Awards and the PDQB Certificates.

These courses are extremely intense requiring high levels of concentration and personal application. Cadets must be at the prereqiusite minimum standard to attend and are nominated by their cadet Battalion. All courses are directed by Col Malcolm MacBean MBE MStJ, Colonel Army Cadet Force Pipes and Drums and are planned and coordinated by the National Cadet Piping Executive Officer.

Centralised Training Weekends

Cadet Training Weekend

Centralised Training Weekends are an essential ingredient for the development of cadet pipers and drummers and are open to any Cadet or Adult within the UK Cadet Battalions. Coordinated and run by the National Cadet Piping Executive Officer, these weekends are kindly hosted by the various Cadet Battalions within Scotland and can take place at Ayr, Barry Buddon, Boddam, Broxburn, Cambuslang, Culloden or Glenrothes.

Regular attendance attracts between 80-110 cadets and a further 30 Adult Instructors drawn from the various Cadet Battalions and ACFPDC Staff. They provide an opportunity for the cadets to receive tuition from instructors outwith their own Battalions and to make acquintances with cadets from throughout the UK.

During the weekend the cadets will receive Practical instruction, Music Theory, Instrument Maintenance, Lectures, assistance with their BTEC First Diploma Music and Duke of Edinburgh Award Skills section and assessments for their Star Awards and Piping and Drumming Qualification Board Certificates.

We normally hold 5 of these events over the winter months in preparation for the Inverness Piping and Drumming Concentration in April each year.

Adult Development Weekend 

A further 2 Adult development weekends are held during the year and these are conducted at Redford Cavalry Barracks, Edinburgh. This gives the Adult Instructors the opportunity of benefitting from the expert guidance of the ACFPDC Staff. The instructors are also given the opportunity to complete the PDQB Certificates and are assessed by the authorised ACFPDC Staff. 

For more information email the National Cadet Piping & Drumming Executive Officer