Monday, December 6, 2010
What topics would you discuss with your pipe band association official if given the chance? This Thursday you’ll have that chance as Andrew Douglas over at The Piper’s DoJo has set up what is a first for organized piping and drumming. On Dec. 9, you can log in and join a free, live town-hall style “webinar” where newly minted EUSPBA president Eric MacNeil will take questions in real time on the pressing topics on the minds of pipers and drummers in the eastern USA.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Head over to The Piper’s Dojo Facebook page to follow Nathan Wahlgren’s live tweets of the EUSPBA’s annual general meeting. Lot’s of lively stuff already and the new…
Monday, November 8, 2010
We’ve all seen them. The Highland dancers and their entourages working hard off in the corner of the Highland games grounds. We pipers tend to ignore them but the path to better pipe band competition is found in their example. Eastern U.S. piping could learn a few things from the way those dancers structure their competitions.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
People lament the lack of ideas and progress in our eastern competition sphere. Much lip service is given to “thinking outside the box” in order to shake up eastern piping and drumming competition. Each year, the EUSPBA hosts their Annual General Meeting (AGM) and each branch brings forth proposals to do just that. Yet there are still those who lament the lack of progress. A quick glance of proposals brought up at past EUSPBA AGMs reveals that plenty of folks have had plenty of great ideas over many years for revamping our scene and fostering improvement.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
It’s all very nice to bandy about theories and ideas about what will make eastern US pipe bands better. But we’re not talking about magic here. If the rationale for the change—to force improvement in pipe bands because that improvement is currently absent—is solid, it should hold up against the data. So let’s look at it, shall we?