The City of Chicago Pipe Band has always been a teaching organization with instruction offered regardless of age or ability. This was formalized in 2010 with the naming of our education program as the Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming.

Our courses for bagpipes, snare drum, tenor drum, bass drum, and drum major are held on Monday evenings prior to band rehearsal. Class times are 6pm and 7pm depending upon which instrument you’re learning, your current level, and our faculty availability. Our instructors are some of the most accomplished pipers and drummers in the region and have extensive experience as noted performers and successful competitors in local, national, and world championship levels!

To discover more about the Chicago Academy of Piping and Drumming program, learn about our faculty, and register for courses, please visit