It’s hard to believe we are having our 10th anniversary as a band this November! We have had many “ups and downs” as we have grown, but luckily it has been mostly ups. Our numbers have grown from our first practice where we had 4 pipers and 2 snare drums, to a high where we had 18 pipers, 2 bass, 5 tenors and 8 snare drummers. This past few years, with Covid shutdowns and a lot of concerns about the virus, we have had quite a few people opting to stay out of the public forum for now. Our numbers are solid with 20 active members, some of whom are JUST starting to be ready to play with us in public.
This year, our band is starting a fundraising campaign to see if we can take a band trip to where it all began. . . . Scotland. We are tentatively planning a trip in the summer of 2024, playing at many scenic and historic places all over Scotland. We will also include an evening at the Edinburgh Tattoo and finally the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. I had originally wanted us to compete at the Worlds, but it looks like most of the group would be happier just to perform and sight see. Anyone not in our band is welcome to contact the band and we may be able to work out a plan for you to join us for the trip.
We have had almost three years now, of silence, but now most of our “gigs” are coming back on-line so we should be a lot more actice this year. We hope to see you all out to watch our performances and hopefully a few of you will join us. If you don’t already play a pipe band instrument, I’m sure we could teach you as we have several quality teachers in our group.
Pipe Major Don MacLeod
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