In Utah many people don’t have the opportunity to hear people play the bagpipes very often. However, on March 15 Wasatch and District will be coming to play bagpipes at Utah State University’s Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m.Dan Schneider, President of Wasatch and District, says that seven years ago the group formed. He and some other people he knew got together and decided they would form a group that would meet the goals they wanted to accomplish and that is how the bands came about.Wasatch and District today now consists of three separate bands. They usually play just bagpipes and drums. However, sometimes they are known to play other instruments when it meets their needs.Schneider says, “Each of the bands is put into a grade based upon their skill level, grade five being a beginning band all the way to grade one being a professional band.” People come in and work their way up to the professional level band. Schneider says the band he plays in is a grade three and has 18 pipers and 11 drummers.The members of the band have regular jobs and practice once a week on Thursday nights in Bountiful. With the help of sponsors and saving they get to travel a couple of times a year. Schneider says this year they will be going to California twice, plus Washington and Arizona. They will also participate in several local events.Last year the band went to Scotland to the World Pipe Band Championships. It took a lot of planning to get there. It was over two years of planning and help from sponsors to achieve the band’s goal to make it there.Schneider also says for those who don’t know, playing the bagpipes isn’t easy. It’s probably one of the harder instruments to learn how to play. It usually can take a beginner a year practicing on a practice chanter before they actually start playing the bagpipes.”For those who want to attend the concert this will be bagpipes like you probably never heard them before,” says Ross Morrill, Pipe Major of the grade three band. “If you have any interest in bagpipes and want to hear them in a different way then this concert will be a great opportunity for that.”Some of the members of this band have been playing for 20 years and one has actually been playing for almost 40 years so they have some experience.The price of tickets is $12 for adults, $10 for students and $35 for a family of up to five. You can
<a href=”http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=529728&presenter=CAINE&venue=&event=”>buy tickets online</a>
or buy them the night of the concert at the Performance Hall.