Nixon David (May 2021) learning to play his drones.
About Nixon David:
Nixon David was a youth band member who died tragically in a motor vehicle accident in June 2021. Nixon was age 10, an up and coming piper in the band, and a meticulous student. The week before his passing, he was extremely excited about what would have been his debut performance with the band; the Lander July 4th Parade.
Although Nixon could not be physically present at the 2021 July 4th parade, his presence was palpable. Nixon loved bagpipe music and Scottish history, in addition to lizards, his family, and friends. Nixon was the "real thing" and he is sorely missed.
About the Nixon David Memorial Scholarship:
After Nixon's passing, his family suggested people donate to the pipe band in Nixon's memory; to help forward youth education in piping and drumming. The donations have been coming in and the Lander Pipe Band would like to honor Nixon's memory and the David family's request by starting the Nixon David Memorial Scholarship.
The Nixon David Memorial Scholarship (NDMS) is a series of youth scholarships for piping and drumming students in the band. In 2021, five scholarships were awarded to drumming students in the band. The scholarships provide a year of weekly to biweekly instruction via online lessons with top drumming instructors in North America. The current round of scholarships will expire on August 30, 2022.
It is anticipated that a new round of scholarships will be awarded for the 2023/2024 season. We appreciate the donations that made the NDMS program possible. Thank you!
Meet the 2023 NDMS Drumming Scholars Below!
Alex Johnston - Lead Tenor
Zayden Davey - Tenor Drummer
Mena - Snare Drummer
The 2023 NDMS drumming scholarship recipients take weekly or biweekly lessons with world class drumming instructors: Christina Hanks and Blair Brown. The band is grateful for the support provided by the NDMS Scholarhip fund. "Growing our own band". Thank you!
Meet the 2023 NDMS Piping Scholars Below!
Maggie - Beginner Piper
Juliet - Beginner Piper
Beginner Practic Chanter Students: Betha, Avery, and Ethan
The 2023 NDMS piping scholarship recipients take weekly lessons with the band's Pipe Major, Melissa Bautz. Their practice chanters and bagpipes are "loaner" instruments provided by the NDMS Scholarhip fund. "Growing our own band". Thank you!
To learn more about the Nixon David Memorial Scholarship or to make a donation, you can donate directly using the link or QR Code below. Alternatively, feel free to contact the band about donations here: Contact the Band