The NYU Pipes and Drums Band performs at University and other functions throughout the year, including graduation-week ceremonies at venues such as Yankee Stadium, Carnegie Hall, and Madison Square Garden. The band performs for dignitaries visiting the University, marches every year in the Tartan Day Parade, and has participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of Grant's Tomb.
The Band recruits from the vast New York University community, and welcomes all students, faculty, staff, and alumni to become members. Instructors encourage, support, and teach members at weekly practices to achieve a high level of playing ability. NYU students can earn elective credit by participation in the band program.
The Pipe Major is Brian Meagher, a prize-winning piper who has led the band since its first performance at the University's Founders Day celebration in 1991. The Drum Sergeant is Nicole Kavanaugh. The Pipe Sergeants are Julianne Brown and James Felder; the Quartermaster is John Henderson.
The band is supported by the Office of Academic Program Review.
For auditions, please contact both Brian Meagher and John Henderson.
Please visit the NYU Pipes and Drums Web site here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can join the Band?
Anybody belonging to the New York University community including staff, students, faculty, and alumni.
How can I join the Band?
Contact the Band's Pipe Major Brian Meagher
for more information.
What if I cannot read music?
We will teach you how to read music as part of your study and practice period.
How long will it take to learn how to play the bagpipes?
While the time necessary to be prepared to perform depends on the student, most people can begin playing the bagpipes after approximately one year of study and practice.
How long will it take to learn how to play the drums?
The average amount of instruction time necessary before you will be ready to perform with the band is 6 months to one year.
How can I hire the band for a private event I am planning?
How can my NYU school or department hire the band for an event we are planning?
Complete FORM D
and be sure the have your unit's Financial Office sign the form.
Requests and Forms
INTERDEPARTMENTAL PERFORMANCE REQUESTS
NEW AND RETURNING BAND MEMBERS
At the beginning of every academic year all members must complete FORM A, FORM B, and US IRS FORM W-9.
All members are encouraged to read the current Pipes and Drums Handbook, which is available from Quartermaster John Henderson
. The Handbook contains important information regarding documentation required to ensure payment.
The Minstrel Boy
Sean South of Garryowen
Kelly, the Boy from Killane
Down by the Sally Garden
The Dawning of the Day
Scotland the Brave
The Rowan Tree
79th Farewell to Gibralter
High Road to Gairloch
Rakes of Mallow
Brown Haired Maiden
The Cock o'the North
Piobaireachd of Donald Dubh
The Green Hills of Tyrol
QUICK MARCH MEDLEY
1976 Police Tattoo
City of Hastings Highland Pipe Band
At Long Last
MARCH, STRATHSPEY, AND REEL
The Atholl and Breadalbane Gathering
Capt. Colin Campbell
Captain Lachlan MacPhail of Tiree