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Sound Advice

Thanks for registering for the summer school. We are working to provide you with an excellent learning experience, and we look forward to seeing you all at the school. Please review this document carefully, so that you are informed about important events and things you’ll need for the school.

Getting to the School

Sound Advice is located at the University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, [on south east side of Regina].


 Health Forms and Waivers

All students must complete a waiver and health form before the start of the school. There is a form for ADULTS [19 & over] and one for MINORS [Under 19]. Please choose the appropriate form, and have it filled out completely when you arrive at the school on the 30th. Students who do not have their form filled out cannot be accepted into the dorms or the school. The information you provide is kept at the school in case of emergency for the duration of the camp, and then later destroyed.

Choose the form you need to download.




What Should I Bring to the School?

Bring your practice instruments (chanters, sticks, pads) and your bagpipes, drums, and also any other bagpipes or drums that you like to play (smallpipes, shuttle pipes, bodhrans, etc.) Bring a recording device if you want, and the usual kinds of supplies that you would use for taking notes. Bring a piobaireachd book if you have one. Are you a dancer? Bring your shoes!

Bagpipe/Drum Supplies

We often find that students come with pipes & drums that need some TLC, and we’ll have supplies on hand to purchase for those who need hemp, reeds, valves and other supplies.  If you would like to pre-order any maintenance supplies or parts, please visit http://www.reelpipes.com and send an email with your order to reelpipes@gmail.com and we’ll try to have your order ready for you for the school.

What to Wear?

Dress is casual at the summer school, and if you want, Highland dress is appropriate [but not necessary] for the Thursday student ceilidh. Sunscreen and bug spray are a good isea. There aren't too many mosquitoes about usually, but the sun is hot so sunscreen is a must.


Registration begins shortly after 12:30 pm, and will be located in the main hallway of the South Tower Residence, University of Regina. You can use Visitor Parking in Parking Lots 2, 3 or 4 to access the South Tower. Please see the campus map, which is also on the web site. After you have registered, you might be directed to an audition [pipers] for class assignment.

Please bring your completed health forms and waivers to registration, and well as any outstanding fees.

Parking on Campus

If you plan to bring a vehicle to Sound Advice, you are required to pay parking daily [$7] or purchase a weekly pass, which is a little cheaper. Some of you have already been in contact and have parking passes arranged, which you can coillect and pay for when you register on Sunday afternoon.

Please check the University of Regina web site for the best parking locations [http://www.uregina.ca]. Please contact them at 306 585-4412 or email at uparking@uregina.ca to discuss your options. You may prepay for your parking permit online http://www.uregina.ca/fm/parking/parking-permits/buy-permit/other/index.html

Evening Recitals

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening at the school there will a recital/presentation in Room ED191 for all students, friends family and others interested in hearing some of our World-leading instructors. We will have a collection each night (students are free) for visitors at the recitals, and the cash will go toward student scholarships for next year's school. 


Thursday Night Ceilidh

Thursday night we will have a ceilidh. The evening features student performances, awards, impromptu piping, drumming and dancing, and other ceilidh fun. Students have their tickets provided, and admission for non-students is $5 or by donation for Seniors and under 12s. The ceilidh will be held at the University, at the Multi-Purpose Room in the Student Center.


Friday Morning

A number of our instructors have weekend commitments in other parts of North America with their respective bands, and some will be leaving the school Friday morning to make their flights. We usually finish the school with some massed band tunes mid-morning, and students are to be checked out, keys returned before noon.

School Rules & Regs

The “rules” you need are pretty basic. The main goal of the school is to provide the maximum learning and enjoyment for all students, and a great teaching experience for the staff. Therefore, school ”rules” are all about operating in an environment of respect for others.

  1. If you are a minor [under 19], you are required to attend all classes. You must stay on the University of Regina campus at all times, and you must seek permission and have an adult accompanying you to leave the campus.
  2. “Quiet time” in the dorms is 11:00 pm. Minors are expected to be in the dorms after evening classes/activities, and “Lights out” is recommended before midnight. There are adult dorm chaperones assigned to monitor the students while on campus.
  3. University of Regina regulations require no smoking in any buildings. There are designated smoking spots on campus. Minors MUST have a letter of permission from parent/guardian for smoking at the school.
  4. Disruptive or disrespectful behaviour in the dormitories or during class will not be tolerated, and students will be asked to leave the school, with no refund of fees or travel costs.
  5. Students under age 19 and staying in residence may NOT bring a vehicle to Sound Advice. Other Sound Advice students may not ride in a vehicle at the school without the express written permission of their parent/guardian.

Group Behavioral Agreement  (University of Regina)

This behavioral agreement is between University of Regina Residence Services and the “Group” (as identified below).  It remains in effect for the duration of the Group’s stay in Residence at the University of Regina.

The Group agrees to adhere to and act in accordance with the following requirements:

  1. Group members may not have any guests in the suites/bedrooms that are not listed as members of the group.
  2. There will be no alcohol in any rooms with minors.
  3. Group members may not loan keys/keycards out to anyone under any circumstances (including other guests of the same group).
  4. If members of the Group are under the legal age of 18 then an Adult that is with the Group MUST stay in the same apartment as a Chaperone.
  5. Excessive noise levels (disturbances, talking, music and TV) will not be tolerated.  There are students and other Group guests that stay in Residence.  Noise complaints will be investigated and will result in fines.
  6. Vandalism and/or damage to any Residence and/or University space is prohibited and will result in a minimum $50 fine and the amount to recover repair costs (as determined by Facilities Management).
  7. Each suite occupant will be levied an equal collective financial responsibility for any damage caused to common areas and furniture of the suite; provided that those directly responsible do not claim full responsibility.
  8. Suite occupants will be held responsible for any missing University property (i.e. pillows, towels, etc.) or damage to the individual bedroom rooms and furnishings.  Total repair cost for damages and missing University property will be billed to the individual occupant responsible.
  9. Tampering with Fire Equipment (including smoke detectors) will result in a minimum $100 fine.  If the Regina Fire Department is required to attend, there will be a minimum $500 fine.
  10. Candles, incense, and smoking are strictly prohibited in Residence and will result in a minimum $300 fine.
  11. Any instances of the following behavior will result in immediate eviction
    1. Physical assault
    2. Harassment, coercion, or intimidation
    3. Possession or use of any illegal drugs
    4. Possession or use of alcohol by minors (19 is legal age in Saskatchewan)
  12. Any adults found supplying minors with alcohol will be fined $1000 per incident and asked to leave the University of Regina Residence.
  13. Rooms are to be left in a relatively clean state (with all garbage bagged) or extra cleaning fees charged at a rate of $50.00 per hour of cleaning required will be charged.
  14. Residence room keys not returned within 24 hours after check out will be charged to the Group invoice at a rate of $25.00 per metal bedroom key, $10.00 per plastic key card and $100 per lock mechanism replacement.  A list of the missing keys and the corresponding charges will be included on the billing summary.

If the Residence Office or any University personnel determine that you have breached any of the listed requirements, you will face penalties, including but not limited to, fines, eviction, and the recommendation for further University action.

News! for 2016 School

stephen Ally

SOUND ADVICE is extremely excited to welcome L-D Stephen Creighton of the 2015 World Drum Corps Champions St. Lawrence O'Toole Pipe Band of Dublin, Ireland, and also welcome back for his second year P-Sgt Alasdair Henderson of the Inveraray and District Pipe Band!



The 2016 Sound Advice will be held July 3rd to 8th, 2016.




Beginner Program


Each year at Sound Advice we offer a program for children who would like to try pipes and/or drums. 

It runs in the morning only, Monday to Friday, and gives children ages 8-12 (recommended age) the opportunity to learn what piping and drumming are all about, take lessons, hear others play, and meet the students at the camp who currently play. 

Past students have gone on to join local bands and a number are now active members of a pipe band!

Registration is limited. To register for the program, please use the registration page and select "Beginner Program." There is a non-refundable $30 registration fee that helps cover the cost of materials and registration for the students. The actual lessons and activities are free!





Register for Sound Advice

The SPBA is pleased to provide an online registration for SOUND ADVICE 2018.

You have two options with online registration:

1. Register and pay a non-refundable $100 registration fee. The remainder is due by June 1st. 

2. Register and pay the full amount using a major credit card. We aren't able to absorb the full cost of the card & PayPal charges, so we need to add 3% to each complete payment. You'll see the numbers for that in the choices below.

The form will take you to the SPBA's secure PayPal site, where you can pay the deposits using a major credit card, or a PayPal account.

NEW! - If you are going to register more than one person from the same family, there is a place to indicate that, and we will refund $100 of the tuition amount for each student EXCEPT the first one registered.

(NOTE: BEGINNER PROGRAM is only $30, and will not include a t-shirt.)

Individual Registration

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