There are two main practice nights for the band, the main one being on Monday night. The cost of the hire of the halls is met by the band.

Monday night practice

The main band practice is held every Monday night from 7pm at St Andrew's Church in Reading, just beside the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

The format is usually as follows:

  • 19:00-19:30 Free play
  • 19:30-20:00 Bagpipe warm up and early group lessons
  • 20:00-20:40 Group chanter / drum pad practice
  • 20:40-21:00 Tea break
  • 21:00-22:00 Full band practice with pipes and drums

Friday night practice

There is an additional band practice on Friday nights at the same location. This is a more informal session where you can ask to practice anything you like, and we break into groups to work on techniques. Once again there is a tea break, and usually some excellent cakes too.