Kena Shrine Highlanders Unit
KENA HIGHLANDERS PIPES AND DRUMS
DESCRIPTION: The Kena Highlanders Pipes and Drums (the “Kena Highlanders”) is a marching unit in Kena Shriners of Fairfax, Virginia, and has been an active unit in Kena since the 1980s. Its purpose is to support and promote the interests of Kena Temple and Shriners International through the medium of music, specifically the Scottish “Great Highland Bagpipe” and Scottish drumming.
ACTIVITIES: The Kena Highlanders perform in most Kena parades and other special occasions such as the “piping in” of dignitaries, Masonic officer installations, weddings, funerals, and area community parades and events, to name a few. We also conduct occasional social events for members, other Nobles, and guests.
The band features authentic Scottish and Irish bagpipe music, Scottish uniforms and accessories, and has adopted the “American Bicentennial” red-white-and-blue tartan as the official band kilt.
MEETINGS and COMMUNICATION: The band meets in its own unit room each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. for practice, with a monthly business meeting also being held on the second Wednesday of each month. We have a Highlander e-mail “Listserver” where we coordinate activities, schedules, music, and share information on a variety of subjects of interest to our members.
JOINING the HIGHLANDERS: The Kena Highlanders are actively soliciting new members. You do not need to know how to play the bagpipe or drums to join. We have a unit pipe instructor who holds beginner bagpipe lessons beginning at 6:00 p.m. each Wednesday before band practice, and most of our pipers in the band now did not know how to play the pipes when they joined. They learned in the unit from our own instructor. The bagpipe is a challenging but very rewarding and fun instrument to play. For those interested in the drums, we can provide instruction there as well. We also have positions for those who would like to participate but do not wish to play an instrument.
We extend an invitation to all Nobles in Kena Shriners to drop by and see us.