Young Lockyer Valley pipers wanted

COME AND TRY: Lockyer Valley Celtic Band president Graham Howard with Roy Williams, Glen Williams and Aaron Smith.
COME AND TRY: Lockyer Valley Celtic Band president Graham Howard with Roy Williams, Glen Williams and Aaron Smith. Tom Threadingham

FOR the past 37 years the magical sounds of drums and pipes have bellowed across the Lockyer Valley.

The tradition looks to continue well into the future for the Lockyer Valley Celtic Pipe Band thanks to a Regional Arts Development Fund grant.

Through the grant the group has recently employed the unique skills and experience of two tutors.

Lockyer Valley Celtic Pipe Band president Graeme Howard said the group was looking to attract more young players into the band.

"We've got two designated tutors and they are an experienced drummer and piper," Mr Howard said.

"It'll help because we are trying to recruit younger people.

"It's very important because a lot of pipe bands these days have middle aged to elderly members and it's very hard to recruit younger members unless a school has their own pipe band.

"In the Lockyer Valley we don't have that, so it's very difficult."

To help attract more young players into the band, the Lockyer Valley Celtic Pipe Band will hold a Come and Try day this Saturday at the Gatton Shire Hall from 10am to 2pm.

The band also holds weekly lessons at the Murphys Creek Community Centre on Saturdays from 1-3pm with all equipment supplied.

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