In September 2015 our band ensemble was founded with a core of current Academy pipers and drummers and is open to anyone in the greater Chicago area. Players interested in participating should complete the form below to begin the discussion of membership details for those coming with some experience or instruction information for those beginning their musical journey with us.
The ensemble players meet from 7pm until 9pm on Monday evenings at the Irish American Heritage Center located at 4626 N. Knox Ave, Chicago, IL 60630. The pipe sectionals and full ensemble sessions are held in the Auditorium located on the main floor, while drum sectionals will occur along with our other classes on the third floor in Room 304.
Rehearsals of this group are considered instructional sessions and are being taught every week by established professionals - Patrick Lynch for piping and Andrew Hoinacki for drumming. You won't find this level of weekly instruction anywhere else in the greater Chicago area. The musical selections are a mixture of tradtional and modern pieces, most of which will be very fresh within the region, and will be rotated regularly to maintain the challenge and learning opportunities of our players. Attendance on a weekly basis is expected by all members and administrative cancellations will only occur in the event of severe weather or for major holidays.
If you are interested in becoming part of this ensemble, please complete the short contact form below so we can discuss your experience and fit for the group. Thank you!