Bagpipe Chain Reactions and Meltdowns

Monday, February 25, 2013

I don’t know why, but the demise of the City of Chicago Pipe Band leaves me feeling extra sad for American bagpiping. Sure, I’ve seen good bands come…

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Cracking the Millstone II: Long Live Bagpipe Competitions!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Go back and read Part I: Bagpipe Competitions are Dead The merry-go-round goes round and round… The sheer monotony of bagpipe competition here in the US can wear…

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Proud to be an American (Bagpiper)

Friday, July 8, 2011

There was a time when a trip to Glasgow to play at the World Pipe Band Championships was a “pie-in-the-sky” kind of dream. Multiple reasons keeping any band…

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EUSPBA Grade 4 Piobaireachd = Tuning Up for FAIL

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The eastern piping competition season is well underway and bagpipers across the seaboard are busy practicing and working hard to make good music. it’s easy in the hubbub,…

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Hacking Bagpipe Competitions: Idea 3—The Adjudicator Fee Cap

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Highland games and cultural festivals in general sit on a financial precipice. They serve an extremely narrow subset of the public in spite of every effort to make…

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