The Bagpipe Band is a significant part of the spirit, missionary efforts, and gospel message of the Nauvoo Pageant. The distinctive sound of the pipes evokes another place and time as their music draws visitors to Nauvoo Remembered historic vignettes and the Country Fair. Each evening the stirring strains of Praise to the Man (also known as Scotland the Brave) set a majestic tone for the pageant performance as pipers lead audience and cast members in a festive parade from the Country Fair field to the pageant site.
During the pageant, the pipes accompany the energetic "highland fling" performed by the cast. Most importantly, bagpipes represent two of the major characters in the pageant: Scottish convert Becky Laird and her husband Robert, whose spiritual journey invites audience members to consider deeply the gospel message.
The Nauvoo Pageant Bagpipe Band will be involved in many important aspects of the overall pageant experience. Band members will participate in scheduled outreach performances in surrounding communities, pre-vignette performances, Mulholland Street performances, Country Fair activities including the Highland Fling dance venue and the Nauvoo Pageant Parade leading the guests to the seating area of the pageant. Additionally, band members are included and welcomed at all family cast activities including district groups, cast meetings, temple activity, talent show, testimony meeting, family dances, missionary opportunities, orientation and welcome meetings.
In order to participate, pipers should be able to:
All pipers will be under the direction of a pipe major who will coordinate pipe rehearsals, vignette performances, community events, Country Fair demonstrations, and other pageant activities. Family members with experience as drummers or Highland dancers may also be asked to participate in these events.
On the Talent/Biographical section of the application, please indicate your experience, including information such as whether you have marched in parades, if you have participated in competitions and what grade level, if you have played with a pipe band, how many years you have been playing, etc. If other family members have special talents, please indicate these abilities on the Talent/Biographical section as well.
All participants are responsible for their own transportation. Headquarters for the pageant are located at the Nauvoo /Colusa Jr. High School which is located on Hwy 96 five miles east of the pageant stage. Many of the pageant activities take place there. Each individual or family will be required to have their own personal transportation in Nauvoo during their pageant participation. If flying to an airport near Nauvoo, you will need to make arrangements for your own transportation, as the pageant isn't able to operate any shuttle service.
Pageant participants are responsible for their own housing. The majority of participants are able to find convenient housing options in Nauvoo when arrangements are made just after they receive notice of acceptance. For housing options in Nauvoo, please refer to the following websites:
The pageant meal plan option is not available to the Bagpipe Band because of conflict with meal times and Bagpipe Band schedules.
Your service is deeply appreciated and very valuable to the Nauvoo Pageants however, we are unable to accommodate your pets. We sincerely hope you will be able to find accommodations for your pet during your service time in Nauvoo. Thank you for your cooperation.