How do I hire a bagpiper? For the band, contact Band Manager Ron Lopez at 208-362-3144.
For individuals, check out the Meet the Band page where you'll have many options.
Where can I learn to play the bagpipes? The Boise Highlanders offer lessons beginning each fall. Our fall session will begin in October 2012. If you are interested in beginning bagpipe lessons contact Ron at the info below to reserve a spot for this fall. Contact Ron Lopez to register and for any additional details at 362-3144. Spots are limited to a first come first serve basis, so get your spot reserved today!
How much do a set of bagpipes cost? A good set of new pipes start around $900. Prices go up depending on the materials used in ornamentation such as silver. Used sets are often available in places such as Ebay, but sure of what you are getting if you decide to go through Ebay. If you are a beginner, it's best to get someone knowledgable to help you.
How long does it take to learn to play the pipes? With a lot of hard work, a person could be on the pipes within six months to a year, and starting in the band within a year. As with everything, it depends on how hard you work, and how quickly you pick things up. How long before you're a good player? It could take years or even a life time, but most of our members will tell you it's a worthwhile journey.
When and Where does the band practice? Currently, from the first of June until the end of September we meet at the Veteran's Hospital grounds at 500 W Fort Street. Take the road up to the administration building and you'll see us (or hear us) playing. You should hear us playing!
From the first of October through the end of May we practice at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church at 828 W Cherry Lane, Meridian, in the gym, at the rear of the church parking lot.
We practice from 7-9pm every Thursday night and visitors are always welcome.
Where can I learn to play the Highland drums? See the answer for where do I learn to play the pipes. Our lead drummer Even Meck is teaching the same times as our Pipe Major teaches piping and the classes are progressing together.
Where can I hear you perform? Check out our perfomance page. Performances are kept updated fairly regularly.