Pipes and drums will be heard throughout Vernon’s Polson Park Thursday.
The Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band and the Arran Campbell Memorial Youth Pipe Band will host Piping in the Park at 7 p.m. at the bandshell.
“Piping in the Park is a free concert event that features traditional Scottish music and this year will feature the dancers from the Argyll School of Dance and Motion,” said Craig Tilander, a member of the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band.
The event is one of more than 40 that the bands participate in each year.
This year, the bands hosted the annual Spring Fling, which brought 10 bands from across the province to Vernon to compete in piping, drumming, marching and dancing competitions. The bands also participated in the second annual Okanagan Military Tattoo, which attracted bands and dancers from across the country for two shows in July.
“This year also included appearances in parades in Vernon, Falkland, Lumby and West Kelowna,” said Tilander.
The Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band was formed in 1984 and is the largest pipe band in the Okanagan Valley, with close to 40 pipers and drummers.
“They are the only group in the Interior with both a junior and adult pipe band,” said Tilander.
“Piping in the Park is the beginning of a new season for the band and registration for new students, young and old, that are interested in piping and drumming lessons will be accepted on Thursday night.”
Both bands practice and offers lessons each week on Monday and Thursday nights.