The Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association has received a $5,000 grant from the Community Initiatives Fund to support tuition for youth pipers and drummers from community pipe bands in Saskatchewan. The “Sound Advice” summer camp of piping and drumming provides a one-week summer camp with instruction and inspiration from world-renown pipers and drummers.
The Community Initiatives Fund grant gives the school the opportunity to offer 10 x $500 tuition scholarships to the school, with the majority of grants targeted to students from smaller Saskatchewan towns.
“The Community Initiatives Fund provided us with a grant in 2017, which also ended up helping students last year,” said Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association President Wayne Rempel. “We know this makes it possible for more youth to attend, and we hope the tuition they receive strengthens band programs in those communities.”
The Sound Advice summer camps began in 2004, and have been running each year since, building on a tradition that started in 1967 at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts in Fort San.
The Community Initiatives Fund receives a portion of the net revenues from casinos Regina and Moose Jaw via the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation. The Community Initiatives Fund makes knowledgeable and effective investments in community-based initiatives throughout Saskatchewan that strengthen the capacity of communities.
More information on Sound Advice and the scholarships is available at the Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association website.