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StealthPiper
10-06-08, 03:54 PM
Hi Sean...welcome to PBF!

Gonna miss seeing you at Red River next year, but I know you and those pipes are gonna take Germany by storm! :bananapiper:

Everyone...I don't know Sean as well as Jessie and Katie do, but I will say I wish he could bottle some of his drive and talent cause we could all use more of that. :bgt:

Daz Gregory
10-06-08, 04:49 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Not playing in a band.

2. How many years experience do you have?
Started around 1980 ish...

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My dad played Tenor and Bass in a band and then after the Worlds at Nottingham I just wanted to play in a band.

4. Who taught you to the snare drum?
I was taught to play snare by Frank Cameron Ross who used to play with Shotts in the 50s or 60s (I forget which). this man was an absolutely fantastic guy who worked for the RSPCC and then taught kids how to drum...a legend in my eyes. RIP Frank.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
No - My dad played a Bass and Tenor, my sister played a Tenor and my brother-in-law played Snare.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
A few placings in comps when I played regular as a young 'un.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To get to Birmingham for the Brits, see Boghall win the Worlds and maybe rejoin a band...we'll see.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Nope....or if I have then my selective memory has erased it...

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
practice, practice, practice.....you'll always learn something new every day!

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Below is the original quote from Phyx, I'll stick with it as it's a beauty and completely relevant:
Listen to those with more experience than you, research all you can on your instrument, its history, its design, its maintenance, and how to make it sound good. The more you learn, the better you will be.


Hi to all!

Regards

Daz

Reid
10-06-08, 04:56 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Not playing in a band.

2. How many years experience do you have?
Started around 1980 ish...

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My dad played Tenor and Bass in a band and then after the Worlds at Nottingham I just wanted to play in a band.

4. Who taught you to the snare drum?
I was taught to play snare by Frank Cameron Ross who used to play with Shotts in the 50s or 60s (I forget which). this man was an absolutely fantastic guy who worked for the RSPCC and then taught kids how to drum...a legend in my eyes. RIP Frank.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
No - My dad played a Bass and Tenor, my sister played a Tenor and my brother-in-law played Snare.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
A few placings in comps when I played regular as a young 'un.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To get to Birmingham for the Brits, see Boghall win the Worlds and maybe rejoin a band...we'll see.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Nope....or if I have then my selective memory has erased it...

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
practice, practice, practice.....you'll always learn something new every day!

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Below is the original quote from Phyx, I'll stick with it as it's a beauty and completely relevant:
Listen to those with more experience than you, research all you can on your instrument, its history, its design, its maintenance, and how to make it sound good. The more you learn, the better you will be.


Hi to all!

Regards

Daz

Thank you for sharing.

blocka33
13-06-08, 11:08 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Australian Federal Police Pipes and Drums

2. How many years experience do you have?
About 12years in patches

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Forced would be more like it - Thanks Dad !

4. Who taught you to pipe?
Bob Sullivan at Twin Towns Sutherland on Gold Coast

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yep !

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
We are playing at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo next year and am playing at Andre Rieu in Sydney and Melbourne - so guess thats enough..... We played in Moscow 2007, Worlds 2006, China 2002 !!...... but am getting a new set of pipes handmade so looking forward to the collaboration on that project.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Had my bass drone snapped over my shoulder during massed bands.....or should i say smashed bands....

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Try and sleep at some stage !!

0. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Never think that you are too good to share some advice and a drink with others and enjoy the camaraderie of being in a band

janelleTG
13-06-08, 11:12 AM
Welcome blocka. It's nice to have some more Australians here. Hope you enjoy yourself.

blocka33
13-06-08, 11:17 AM
Thanks for that ! have stumbled across the site during my search to buy 8 elusive Real Ivory Chanter Soles....... sounds funny when i say it out loud - "searching for soles " ha ha ha.....

I need them for a restoration project so am not so much worried about the condition of the chanters themselves...... anyhoo - great site with loads of info !!

KatieMc
13-06-08, 01:31 PM
Welcome, Blocka!! And good luck in your sole-searching! :bg:

OC Richard
13-06-08, 03:08 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Kevin Blandford Memorial (3)
Former bands:
LA Scots (4) (2007)
Misty Isle (3) (2005-2006)
Nicholson (3) (1996)
Caledonian (2) (1977-1980)
(plus several earlier stints with Blandford during the 80's and 90's)

2. How many years experience do you have?
30+, but kids who've been playing for a couple years can beat the @&# out of me.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Like many other people who grew up in an area cut off from piping and pipe bands, my first inspiration was the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards "Farewell to the Greys" 1972 album.

4. Who taught you to pipe?
In a place with no pipers, I had to teach myself, from the COP book.
Three years after starting I was playing in a grade 2 band (the worst piper in the band I might add).
Around 1980 went to piping school and was taught by PM Evan MacRae, Colin Gemmell, and other great teachers.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My grandfather played fiddle, banjo, and euphonium (!) back in West Virginia. My son won't touch the pipes and took up trombone instead!
So, no other pipers.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won?
Misty Isle was, I think, Western US G3 champions in 05 and 06. LA Scots was, I think, 2007 G4 champions.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To get back to the Worlds in 2009 and hopefully win or at least place!

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Playing at a very windy cemetery and had to hide behind a statue while playing.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Early on, a guy said
"Don't just listen to pipers. Listen to fiddlers, accordion players, everybody. Everybody has something to teach you."
Kevin Blandford used to say
"Make every performance better than the last one."
Perhaps most useful was
"Shut up and play!"

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Listen with open ears to everyone.
Practice.

Daz Gregory
13-06-08, 08:03 PM
We are playing at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo next year

Never think that you are too good to share some advice and a drink with others and enjoy the camaraderie of being in a band

Fantastic quote Blocka - If we all stuck by that then many a good band would still be here.

Have a great time at the tattoo and, as a fellow new bloke - welcome mate!

Regards

Daz

Stacpiper
18-07-08, 05:25 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Grade 2-St Andrew's College Pipe Band(Currently New Zealand Juvenile Champions)

2. How many years experience do you have?
Since the start of 2006

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I new a little about it when I was in the Prep School and when I went into the high school there was a little pipe band function in the gym showcasing the pipes and the drums for all the all the new form 1's (first year in the high school).

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Barry Shaw - first year
Richard Hawke - present

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
New Zealand Juvenile Champions, and I just made the step up in to our A band which came 2nd equal in grade 2 in the New Zealand Championships this year and came 3rd in the worlds last year.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Emm not really apart from the rare early E i guess.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
You don't mold to the pipes, the pipes mold to you.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Its a privilege not a right to be playing the pipes.

Sean
18-07-08, 07:49 AM
Cheers! I've never met Richard H, but from what I've read and heard you can't go wrong!
Welcome!

Snowghost
18-07-08, 08:25 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Crow Creek

2. How many years experience do you have?
Is not too many not enough, or is not enough too many?

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I woke up one morning, and that's what I decided to do that particular day. I fell in love with it. It is now a full-time passion and obsession.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
My first instructor was one the ex-LA Police guys, a real stickler for perfection, but hated Piobiareachd (Unfortunately). When in New York, I take lessons from George Bell

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes, my Father just started, but seems to be coming along very slowly. We'll see!

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Well, I live in Alaska, and it only has one games per year, which is a downer, since I thrive off of competition.
The first time I ever competed I took second place. The most recent competition that was held I was too sick to play- A real bummer.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Let's just say I am extremely obssessed and dedicated, and we'll leave it at that.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
First time I ever played at a band gig, my cords came loose about 30 seconds before we stepped off. The guy in back of me had to do a very quick fix-up job. It looked quite odd. hen I got my first set of real pipes, I once dropped a Blackwood chanter onto cement- A miracle that nothing happened to it.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
"Sometimes you just need to take a short break."

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Maintenance!
You can have the greatest set of pipes in the world, but I personally think there is no substitute for proper and steady maintenance.

pipingtenor
18-07-08, 08:38 AM
Welcome aboard Snowghost! Heather and I went to MSA together last year!!!

Snowghost
18-07-08, 09:05 PM
Thanks!
I think she got some sort of scholarship to the MSA school again this year.
I've been wanting to get down there for ages, but with my school schedule, and $$ going all towards the same, it's been tough.

stv
18-08-08, 02:28 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
None at the moment, though if I can find the time...

2. How many years experience do you have?
19 years!

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Can't quite remember, was only nine! Was already playing the pipes, so seemed the natural way to go.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
P/M Andy Venters and P/M Norman Gillies (father of Alasdair), two fine teachers.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
As far as I'm aware.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Nothing much, a couple of small solo medals but no gold.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Starting to play regularly again is my aim.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Nothing great, though a tendancy to speed up tremendously while stressed wasn't so good for the competitions...

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
I think just to make sure you enjoy the tunes you're playing, and make sure not to become tired of the instrument.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
I think there's far better people than myself to give out advice...

phyx
18-08-08, 03:38 PM
Welcome aboard, stv! :beer:

BrotherOfTheHorse.
18-08-08, 08:09 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
None, just moved to Livingston, West Lothian, looking for a band.

2. How many years experience do you have?
Since 1993/4

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My old boy.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
My ole boy- Errol Hassin
Geoff Hamilton
David Brown
Gary Corkin

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
No
Brother Ashley- Piper in Aughintober
Sister Jayne- Bass drummer Tullylagan (retired drum major)
Brother Adam- Bass Drummer (on a break)
Dad Errol was a Piper, side drummer, bass drummer and tenor drummer
Uncle Trevor- Piper and Judge.
Uncle Jackie- Piper.


6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
All Ireland Grade 4b
European Drum Corps- 4a twice. 3a twice.
Scottish Grade 3a
European 3a
Cowal Drum corps 3a
Champion of champions 3a
All Ireland Drum Corps 4a, 3a twice
Ulster 4a,3b,3a
Ulster champion of champions 4a, 3a
Ulster champion of champions drum corps 4a, 3a


8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
I forgot three bars of a march while playing in the Ulster solos once. I just stood there like a prat staring at the piper.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Bounce the ball.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Always play to the absolute limit of your abilities, otherwise what's the point.
Always enjoy it.
And remember drummers bounce the ball!!!!!!!!

jessierose
19-08-08, 05:13 PM
HOORAY! Welcome to PBF! If you're half as wonderful as Ashley we will keep you!!!

Armorican
21-08-08, 07:13 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Bagad Quic en Groigne (St Malo) - 1st Grade

2. How many years experience do you have?
30+

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
No idea - I must have a masochistic streak.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Stewart Lindsay (ex Bilston Glen), PM Angus MacDonald.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My Uncle, taught by Seamus MacNeill, played a bit though I never heard him.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Various pipe band stuff.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Not really whilst playing, but I have embarassed myself on many piping related occassions.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Blow ya b*****d.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Make sure you can do the simple things well before trying the fancy stuff - often less is more.

phyx
21-08-08, 08:14 PM
Welcome Amorican! :beer:

Ryan_Russell
03-09-08, 01:46 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Boness Pipe Band

2. How many years experience do you have?

about ten years with bands(still no good) lol

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

cant remember

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
John Wilson to start with..many players from the denny and dunipace band...Craig Whyte (p/s with the Clan Gregor Society)

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

No, Wee Brother is the leading drummer of the denny and dunipace Grade 4

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

few prizes in grade 4 with denny/ couple in grade 3 with boness nothing big....yet!

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

help the boness band progress up the grades...eventually play in grade one with someone....the rate im going though that will probably be another 80 years

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?

Marching into the cricle at dunbar one year...my boxers were slowly getting lower and lower.....true scotsman always now!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
blank everything else out apart from the p/m's fingers and the tune in your head!

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers? Practice in the house!

Robbie.Crow
03-09-08, 05:16 PM
5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

No, Wee Brother is the leading drummer of the denny and dunipace Grade 4


whose that then :bg:?

good to have ye on board....

'mon the denny :bg:

Robbie.Crow
03-09-08, 05:55 PM
no john......

He's the LDs big bro... not mine....

Drummer-64
04-09-08, 04:17 PM
Hi all, my first post here. Straight over from what I gather is called "the other forum" over here ... ;-)
Gtrz,
D./

1. What band are you currently playing with?
Clan Lamont Pipe Band
(former: The Hague Highland Pipe Band, The Red Rose of Loch Buie, Saint Anthony Pipe Band)

2. How many years experience do you have?
30 years drumming in general, approx 20y in Pipe Bands)

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
A friend who was rock/pop drummer and also a very good piper invited me along to a local PB rehearsal back in the eighties. That's when I got hooked.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
When talking 'bout pipe band drummin'; Andrew Rogers, a DM who's name I forgot (sorry ...), my first DS Willem, Ingold Schneider, Carel Ooms & Gert van der Zwan in person. And many of the greats through their books, recordings, clinics and performances.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Nope, my girl friend is also a snare drummer (former highland dancer)

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Some top 3 finishes in local (gr5/4/3) band competitions. Nothing major, nor cared to remember.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Improve on my technique and bestowe my enthusiasm for this idiom on whoever wants to listen.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Does droppin' both my sticks count ...?

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
When you think you're done practicing go practice some more ...

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Hold the arrogance, don't talk about each other but with each other.

janelleTG
05-09-08, 02:28 AM
Hi all, my first post here. Straight over from what I gather is called "the other forum" over here ... ;-)
Gtrz,
D./

Welcome.
You can call it 'the other forum" or you can call it by it's name. No one's going to zap you or anything. Not even Scarlet, not for that anyway. :rotf:

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Does droppin' both my sticks count ...?

Yeah!!! that counts. :rotf: :rotf: Unless of course you were cool enough to make it look like you were suppose to drop them.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Hold the arrogance, don't talk about each other but with each other.

Great advice. :bgt:

Drummer-64
06-09-08, 11:14 AM
Thanks!

I wish I would have had the wit back then to play it cool like that. But no, I just looked a real fool ...
The sound of those sticks bouncing around on the marble floor of that big hall still rings in my ears :shiver:
D./

Scarlet O'Hair
06-09-08, 02:58 PM
Welcome.
You can call it 'the other forum" or you can call it by it's name. No one's going to zap you or anything. Not even Scarlet, not for that anyway. :rotf:

Oh sure! Make me out to be some sort of witch or something! :bg:

Robbie.Crow
06-09-08, 03:00 PM
:ohno:

of course your not..

Drummer-64
06-09-08, 07:25 PM
Oh sure! Make me out to be some sort of witch or something! :bg:

Hmmm, somehow that does seem to be implied, I wonder ...

D./

... please let me know when I should start running :willynilly:

dharron
06-09-08, 10:53 PM
Just ply her :scarletwitch:with wine:wine:, LOTS of wine:wine::wine:, and you'll be safe!!!

janelleTG
07-09-08, 05:40 AM
Hmmm, somehow that does seem to be implied, I wonder ...

D./

... please let me know when I should start running :willynilly:

Oh you'll know :biglaugh:

As far as I can tell, losing the :ohno:is just humiliating not really harmful. You will even survive being turned into a :newt:.
But when :scarletwitch: starts her mantra, "I'm going to kill you , bring back to life and kill you again":toil: then it's time to run for cover. As David said some :wine: could help. You could get lucky. :scarlet:
But don't get me wrong, she does it all with a smile on her face, just to show how nice she is. :evilhaha:

macpiper
07-09-08, 01:43 PM
Just ply her :scarletwitch:with wine:wine:, LOTS of wine:wine::wine:, and you'll be safe!!!
that's what I usually do!!!
Oh you'll know :biglaugh:

As far as I can tell, losing the :ohno:is just humiliating not really harmful. You will even survive being turned into a :newt:.
But when :scarletwitch: starts her mantra, "I'm going to kill you , bring back to life and kill you again":toil: then it's time to run for cover. As David said some :wine: could help. You could get lucky. :scarlet:
But don't get me wrong, she does it all with a smile on her face, just to show how nice she is. :evilhaha:

I survived those words...something about not bringing her a birthday gift cause she'd kill me use her powers as a witch to bring me back and kill me again...and i brought her a gift... :wine: mind you but a gift all the same...


Crap!!! I said it was a gift for Jeeter...now i'm done for...

Scarlet O'Hair
07-09-08, 04:26 PM
You guys are too much! Giggling away here as I drink my coffee. Yep, Drummer 64, cut me and I may bleed wine, but I'm basically harmless......:bolt:

And yes, Cat, I know the gift was for Jeter, but he wasn't old enough for it yet, so I had to drink it!

PiperToo
17-09-08, 01:05 AM
OK, here's mine.

1. What band are you currently playing with?
Fort Worth Scottish Pipes and Drums

2. How many years experience do you have?
as of this writing, almost 7 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My friend JessieRose is the culprit. She gave me a practice chanter as a present and it was all over!

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Jessie was my first teacher, then lots of random teachers at workshops for a few years, since March 2005 John Cairns has been my instructor.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes. They all think I'm crazy. Well, not really.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Depends on what classifies as a win. I won my first novice contest on the pipes in 2003, quite a few firsts since then against varying numbers of pipers in various events. Piper of the day once at a small games. No big champion standings or anything like that. (I don't compete enough in a single season. I seem to do pretty well in the piobaireachd... the medals I'm most proud of recently ware a 1st in Gr. 2 piob' in Houston (Mike Cusack judging) and a 2nd in intermediate piob' up in Georgetown, Ontario in June against a good-sized field. Oh, and my little quartet won first in the Tulsa, OK contest last weekend (against 1 other group :-).

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To get the light music more comfortable and under control. And ultimately I'd like to perform and compete with a top notch pipe band.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Well, there's a funny YouTube video of Jack Lee losing a blowstick during an Amazing Grace contest in Shreveport. Embarrassing thing for me is that it was MY bagpipe he was playing!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
"Sing, sing, sing..." - John Cairns

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
If it's not fun, what's the point? Work hard and be honest with yourself in practice and don't forget to take time to enjoy playing. That's why we do it, right?

So... that's me.

Virginia

jessierose
17-09-08, 04:37 AM
9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
"Sing, sing, sing..." - John Cairns




Worthwhile advice, Virginia! Darn that singing, John Cairns!

PiperToo
17-09-08, 05:14 AM
I wasn't even thinking of how much you hate singing when I posted that. Ooops!

In Canadian accent: sorry...

Virginia

jessierose
17-09-08, 05:18 AM
No! No sore-ees! Your interview was a real beauty! Good times, eh?

PiperToo
17-09-08, 05:42 AM
Imagine me talking like John Cairns: Holy smokes! What a relief! For a minute there I thought you might tell me to take off.

And notice how I deftly worked you into those comments about my humble beginnings as a piper. Pretty slick, heh, heh.

jessierose
17-09-08, 04:36 PM
I did notice that! Thanks! The 11 and a half seconds that I had anything to teach you were pretty great. heehee.

Welcome to the Magic Forum! (Ask me before you make friends around here. I'll let you know the good-guys are and who the rif-raf is!)

KatieMc
17-09-08, 05:20 PM
Oh but the "rif-raf" are the funnest ones!! :bg:

jessierose
17-09-08, 05:47 PM
Maybe they're the ones I call good guys. Hmmm.:slok:

zack44
19-09-08, 10:06 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Hi everyone I play for the Warrington Pipes and drums band in Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom

2. How many years experience do you have?
3.5 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I’ve always wanted to learn to play the pipes and finally made the effort to do so

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
I’m still on the learning curve and currently being taught by P/M Bernie Leigh a well know a bagpipe silver smith

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
I think so but my father’s side of the family still live in Bathgate Scotland

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
myself none but the band I play for did win the worlds in grade 2/3 many years ago and we still have a couple of the original players

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
I would love to play solo and compete for the band

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?
Not yet

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
If possible blow your pipes daily.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Need a few more years before I share the words of wisdom.

KatieMc
19-09-08, 10:27 PM
Welcome, Zack!!

:party:

PiperToo
20-09-08, 12:06 AM
Hey, I just got here too, but welcome and HOWDY from Texas!

Virginia

ghasson
21-09-08, 08:43 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
colmcille pipe band grade 4a world champs

2. How many years experience do you have?
3 years on pipes and 3 on tenor drum

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I’ve always wanted to learn to play the pipes because its in my family

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
my father taught me

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
my four brothers and sister and dad. a couple of cousins

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
ulster champs
world champs
2nd north west championships
4th all lreland
all in grade 4a

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
to do well in grade 3b

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?
a couple of early e,s

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
blow your pipes daily and pratice.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
any for me lol

Sashi
13-11-08, 02:03 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Met Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums, The Pride Of Murry Pipes & Drums, Shree Mucktajeevan Pipe Band...


2. How many years experience do you have?
20 years piping, 2 years on Tenor

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Saw a band when I was younger and that was it, Hooked!!

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Mr Cornish... Has Passed away now, Piping Teacher

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Only Me...


6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
NON!!...

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To make my left arm work, its so lazy, never spins the tenor sticks, I feel like ripping it off and running over it in my car, but then how would I change gears?

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?
Was playing with a real bad hangover and I puked up into my pipebag thru the mouthpiece as I was infront of quite a few people...

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Bagpipes are an Insrument of War... There not suppose to sound nice!!

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
We are a privileged few; it’s a great feeling to be in a band with your fellow comrades…

Look after them… And they might buy you a beer

NewPiperinNY
19-11-08, 02:23 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Glor Na nGael - Lynbrook, NY

2. How many years experience do you have?
years?!?!?!?!?!? -- how about 2 months

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Always wanted to play, but no opportunities were available. Local marching band was offering free lessons and the rest is history in the making!

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Bob Madden - PM of Tara Pipes and Drums

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
yes... and so far.. they are jealous.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

I hope to try
.
7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Just to be the best I can be ( I left this

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
not yet -- but I know it's comin'!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Practice slowly

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Not yet.. but I will let you know when I do!

Didn't really tell ya much about me.. but here it is!

Gaucho Piper
19-11-08, 12:11 PM
Hi Stormy,
I'd love to visit your site, but I canna find it,
Cheers,
Gaucho Piper

Gaucho Piper
19-11-08, 03:44 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Currently solo piper - Prior to that St. Andrew's P.B. in Buenos Aires.

2. How many years experience do you have?
Started in 1971, so 37 years this year

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
When I was 7 years old I saw my first pipe band (in Argentina) and there and then decided that that was MY instrument.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Alfredo Thompson, a great teacher and excellent person.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes, the only one, pity

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
In 1990, when I moved to Spain, my last gig as Pipe Major was to be at the head of the FIRST south american pipe band to visit Scotland and participate in the worlds, we actually got a 4th prize (but there were ONLY 4 competitors) :woohoo:

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Promote the GHB in Spain and form the first Andalucian Pipe Band.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Who hasn't :scarlet:
Probablly my funniest was when I was playing at a wedding outside and as I was too close to the weding party I started to move away BACKWARDS then I noticed people shouting at me I thought I wasn't playing that badly when I suddenly fell backwards into a fountain ! :zap:

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Yes
When Playing:
don't walk backwards
:edm:

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
If it isn't fun or satisfying then it isn't worth it.

Scarlet O'Hair
19-11-08, 05:01 PM
Welcome Gaucho!

If you have any questions or need help navigating the forums, please ask!

thehaggismaster
03-12-08, 02:36 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
York Regional Police Pipes & Drums

2. How many years experience do you have?
28 and then some...I feel so oooold....sometimes.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My father got sick of me sitting around like a pile of dirty laundry and suggested that I take up the pipes. He took me down to his old Regiment and introduced me to the Pipe Major and off I went in to a bright but turbulent pipng future. Not very inspiring but it worked.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Pipe Major Terry Porter, The Toronto Scottish Regimental Pipes & Drums, and whoever got stuck with me when he was busy.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My great grand father was a piper and thats about it.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Absolutely nothing in solos. I've always been an Army piper up until recently when I finally had enough and 'retired'. I've always enjoyed the games but I've never really been into the competition thing. I did compete as part of the Special Service Force P&D in 1990-91. We kicked ass in grade four...wooo!

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Right at the end of a show I passed a rather loud windypuff that sort of ruined the ambiance of the event....seems to be a recurring theme.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Learn the damn tunes and do it well and then you can come on the trip!

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Learn well and when you have all the band tunes down...THEN you can fart around and show off!

Sean
03-12-08, 03:19 PM
Welcome!

usmcjarhead3
15-12-08, 01:16 AM
Hi everyone!

My name is Rick, I am from Connecticut. My experience with the pipes themselves is minimal. I have played chanter for about 2 years and finally got the inititave to buy some pipes. I was in on one of the "Locating a Tutor" forums the other day and sadly they are few and far between here in Ct.

My background is this: I went to Berklee College of Music for 2 years before running out of money. I then joined the Marines as a Bandsman and graduated from the Armed Forces School of Music.

Just like any other instrument, I should have known to do my research on the pipes as well because the first set of pipes that I got about 8 months ago were a complete disaster. I think that if I played through a spaghetti strainer I would have had less leaks.

I guess the pipes I have now probably would be considered maybe at best intermediate, the wood is really South African Blackwood and not rosewood, there are no cracks in the drones or pipe stocks and after a week on an EZ (beginner reed) I can actually play the darn thing keeping the bag relatively full and not blowing my jaw to all heck. It gets harder for me to play when I put 1 tenor drone on I guess just because I am not used to puming the air properly yet or using the bag to the best of my ability.

The few questions that I have is my pipe chanter when I sound a low A (pinky off the low G) actually sounds to B flat almost perfect with my piano. So, do I tune my drones when I am sounding low A or when I am sounding low G.? If my low A is sounding to a B flat on the piano I would guess that my drones have to be tuned to B flat.

Are there any website or links you guys can point out to me to show me how to most effectively use my air, my arm as a bellow and not feeling liek my jaw is going to explode. Or, is that jsut normal? Is it liek a guitar where when you just start playing of course, your fingers have to become accustomed and worked up to playing your scales and/or say liek a brass instrument where you have to build your lip tissue and the muscles around your lips til lthey are strong enough to handle the playing.

I have worked through my G A D and E grace notes on the chanter, the G grace on the pipes is a little rough for me to sound, I am having some problems with the D throw even on the chanter but in a week I have got some of the easier songs (no drones yet) like Amazing Grace, Auld Lang Syne, The Marines Hymn, Call to the cemetery, Call to Colors (Just from being a Marine I think they sound great on the pipes) and Taps. Any information you could give me on how to tailor my playing or practice to make the most effective use of my time would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much and I look forward to meeting you............ Rick

Paul Ouellette
15-12-08, 03:15 AM
Rick :

Welcome to the PBF...

I'd advise you to seek out a good teacher that can help you with things.

You see, in view of all the confusing claims from those who produce stuff for us to use...you'd do well to seek out an experienced piper who can reccommend things that you'll not be disappointed with.

All the best...& thanks for the freedom..."Who-aaahhh" !!

P.

dharron
15-12-08, 04:04 AM
Welcome to the forum, Rick. We were all beginners at one time. While I agree with my fellow countryman, the esteemed Mr. Ouellette, I suggest that A) you repost your questions in the Piping Room, or B), that one of our omniscient moderators relocate your post to a more appropriate forum for questions.

And if a drummer may answer your question, I believe a bagpipe A does indeed correspond to a concert Bb, considering the octave differences.

jessierose
15-12-08, 04:08 AM
Welcome to PBF and Semper Fi.

rpeitzsch
15-12-08, 04:40 AM
Rick, where in CT are you? And welcome!!!

usmcjarhead3
15-12-08, 05:56 AM
I am from Bristol which is near Plainville/New Britain/ Waterbury/Burlington depending on which border you are at

rpeitzsch
15-12-08, 08:43 PM
I'm down in East Lyme, though I used to play with Manchester.

ToneCzar
19-12-08, 09:47 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
I'm the Pipe Major of the MacMillan Pipe Band, from Rockville, Maryland, USA. We're active and reasonably successful in Grade 3. Prior to that, I was with the City of Washington for many years, through a few name changes and a couple of stints as P/S. I have taught some very successful Grade 4 and 5 bands over the years as well.

2. How many years experience do you have?
I've been playing for 36 years - started in June 1972.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
"Highland Pageantry", a recording by the Black Watch.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
I learned from Joyce MacFarlane (now Joyce McIntosh) in Pittsburgh. I then took lessons from Ed Krintz, Roddy MacDonald, and Jimmy McIntosh MBE. I also attended summer schools with Sandy Jones, Sandy Keith, John MacFadyen, Donald Lindsay, and Iain MacLellan BEM.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
At present, yes. My son and daughter played with the Dunedin Middle School band for a while.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
I play in the Professional grade ... more of a solid contender than a champion. Won the Jig at Fort Erie against all the big Ontario lads back in 2001. Held my own at the Metro Cup on a few occasions. I'm no Willie McCallum, but I don't suck.

For bands, the biggest thrill for me was winning the Grade 2 World Pipe Band Championship with the City of Washington in 1999. Played twice in the Grade 1 Finals, 2001 and 2004. And getting an "Above Grade Level" mark with MacMillan in the EUSPBA Grade 3 Championships in 2006.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
I'd like to continue my teaching, and continue the success and growth of the MacMillan Pipe Band.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Oh, quite a few. Most recent was completely going blank in the break to the slow air in our medley at the EUSPBA championship in 2008. Absolutely no clue what note came next, mind blank, foot hovering in mid-air. Just waiting for a sniper to turn me into pink mist!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
A big full drone sound can cover up a lot of mediocrity!

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Ultimately, it's supposed to be fun. Make it so.

Scarlet O'Hair
19-12-08, 10:57 PM
I am from Bristol which is near Plainville/New Britain/ Waterbury/Burlington depending on which border you are at

I'm down in East Lyme, though I used to play with Manchester.

Bristol? Manchester? We talking US or UK??? :bg: Funny, I've been to the UK ones, not the US ones....

Thanks for the interview Chris! :hug:

rpeitzsch
20-12-08, 06:23 AM
Chris, thanks for the bio!

Scarlet, :bg: Yep, that's Manchester PB as in Connecticut as in the US. You gotta remember your history here, people coming over from the "Old Country" put names to places here that reminded them somehow of places back home.

catherwood
29-12-08, 03:49 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

dofasco grade 5 out of hamilton

2. How many years experience do you have?

2 or so of actual serious playing

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

johnathan davis of korn

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?

gordon black
muriel davidson
josh mcfarlane

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

nope

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

2nd place gr 5 solos in fergus

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

make a grade 3 band

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
at my first solo competion i got so nervous that my lips completely bugged out, needless to say i didnt even make the end of the tune lol

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

practicing only tunes you already know 100 % is not gonna make you improve

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

just stay motivated and don't get caught in the drama that may occur in a band.

Robbie.Crow
29-12-08, 09:01 PM
hey catherwood.... i heard you're PM is a real moan....... female too... is this true??

:bolt: :door:

*i'll be hiding at bdf if anyone wants me :rotf:*

Scarlet O'Hair
29-12-08, 10:32 PM
You got a pro'lem with female PMs Robbie?? :tap:

Sean
30-12-08, 01:06 AM
PMS or P/M's?

Robbie.Crow
30-12-08, 03:43 PM
You got a pro'lem with female PMs Robbie?? :tap:
no.. i'd be to scared to be have a problem with this one *hides*

piper_dancer
31-12-08, 10:26 PM
damn right robert

Robbie.Crow
31-12-08, 10:52 PM
:bg: :bg: :hug: :cookie:

adamtardif
20-01-09, 06:49 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
NRP, And LD @ City of Thorold

2. How many years experience do you have?
13

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I Have always loved the sound of a pipe band since the first time I heard one, and the rest is history.....

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
I had Many teachers. My most influential was Jimmy Agnew, who gave me most of my skills in pipe band drumming. most recently I have recieved help from individuals such as, Tom Foote, and Graham Kirkwood.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
This is my second year in competitave pipe band so there is not to many
2nd place maxville GR.4 solo drumming
1st place Caimbridge GR.4 solo drumming
3rd place Chatham GR.4 solo drumming.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
GR.1, Gr.2 solos this summer, hopefully

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?

Not yet......

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
EXECUTION!!! before speed.....

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Express yourself through music, you need to feel the music and have fun with it. Allow yourself to do this and you will enjoy your piping and drumming experience much more.

rpeitzsch
20-01-09, 07:03 PM
Adam, welcome to the Forums!!

Scarlet O'Hair
20-01-09, 07:42 PM
Welcome Adam! Enjoy your time spent with us! If you need any help getting around, don't be shy, we'll help!

DrummerBolley
30-01-09, 03:57 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

City of Chicago Pipe Band Grade 1

2. How many years experience do you have?

5
3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I Wanted to play the snare drum like my aunt.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Teddy Barr/Chris Barr

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Grd 1 champion supreme PPBSO

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To play open level

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?

No
9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Practice makes perfect :bg:

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Like I said Practice makes prefect :bg:

MurfeezLaw
25-02-09, 03:38 PM
Hello other forumites!

1. What band are you currently playing with?
Bunker Hill Pipe Band, Boston MA

2. How many years experience do you have?
2 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Always loved irish music and wanted to learn pipes since I was young so I did.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Various members of above pipe band.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
None, but I can dream.....

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Play our bands complete set list comfortably. Play some solo gigs and possibly compete someday.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
I knocked a guitar over when walking on to a stage to perform my first time!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Learn tunes properly the first time. It is much harder to relearn a tune than it is to get it right the first time.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Practice as much as you possibly can and you will improve. If you get sick of the instrument take a few days off and come back to it. I find I get better after a few days off!

rpeitzsch
25-02-09, 04:40 PM
Thanks for posting your piping bio, and welcome to the forum!!

piper Bruce
02-03-09, 06:57 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
J.P. Fell pipe band

2. How many years experience do you have?
does this include how many years i wanted to play?? 1 1/2 years on chanter, 1 year on the pipes!!

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I have always wanted to play the pipes and when i turn 50, i told my wife i was going to learn them.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
A piper by the name of Kevin Watzyk, and soon from Angus McDonald

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My father in law was a piper

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Awards?? you can win Awards!! well maybe when i get better, i will think about getting into the grades.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
to have fun and entertain people and keep my mind active learning ALL THE TUNES!!!

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
My chanter fell out on me at the start of a parade.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
practice lots, and have fun, you will enjoy it immenslly

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
See 9
As well, don't forget you are representing a band if you are playing with one, so make sure your uniform is done correctly and it is worn with Pride. For the single pipers, you represnt your self and as such, only you can prevent forest fires as they say!!!!
And add this site to your favorites.:can::bobby:

jessierose
02-03-09, 04:32 PM
Welcome to PBF! Let us know if we can help you find your way around here!
Enjoy!
Jessie

ryank345
06-03-09, 05:26 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
In between bands whilst en-route from Perth, Australia, back to Scotland, will be playing with Arbroath RBL again when I get home.

2. How many years experience do you have?
25 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
The pipe major came along to the boy's brigade one night and did a demo for us all and asked who wanted to play

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Morag MacKenzie, Bill Black, Lewis Cameron............

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
am the only one, my great uncle used to play in the 60's

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Champion of champions with Arbroath RBLS 2001, scottish champions, cowal championships, and have been a runner up with the band at all of the majors at one time or another. As well as a load of minor competition successes with the same band.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Just to keep enjoying it after the isolation of being in Western Australia for 2.5years.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Chanter fell out and landed on the street while doing a local parade. Wouldn't have been too much of a problem had I not kicked it away from me on the march and had to run after it!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Competitions are won during the winter in the band hall not on the park. Cant remember who said it, but in a way it is very true....

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
I don't have much to say, but, if in a band and as long as everyone is pulling their weight when in the circle, things are bound to go well............

rpeitzsch
06-03-09, 01:01 PM
Thanks for telling us a bit about yourself and welcome to the Forums!!

scoty-bass
21-03-09, 01:00 PM
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1. What band are you currently playing with?

Brunetts & Struth Pipe Band

2. How many years experience do you have?

32! Been around since diapers, its in the blood!

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

The beer tent! My DAD and anyone who has ever competed!

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?

My pa! AND Jimmy Stewart and always pride myself on continous learning!

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

My dad is still a Drummer, mom was a side drummer, brother was a side drummer, I started as a Side drummer - but am an attention seeker so the middle works best for me!!!!

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

NA, Ontario, Canadian Supreme, tied 12th @ the worlds, numerous others, not boasting just filling in blanks! Oh, many more to achieve!

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

To see the faces of those in our society that do not play over joyed when we put a good show on for them!

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?

Ah ya! We'll leave it at that, find me in a tent and yu'll get a story!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

listen! listen to your PM's, DS's, any instructor; they know!!!


10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

feel! feel the music, let in, make it apart of you and love it, if you don't...take up reading novels written by monks!!!

Mark J.
21-04-09, 09:14 AM
7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Start competing at CLASP events to see how I'm doing and continue improving.
One day I hope I will be in Grade 1.

Very long time since I've posted anything on here :bolt: but I have big news for myself :PartyRobbie:, and no normal people I tell seem to care! So I thought I'd share!

Finally got a shot at the big time...took a wee drive (3 hours to be precise!!) down to Dundee and had a shot with Tayside Police! Pipe Major says I'm not the worst so he'll give me a shot! Once all the paperwork's gone through, hopefully by next month, I'll be able to say I'm in a grade one band!

6 hour round-trip twice a week (at least) from now on :poke: ...must be dedication or something!!

That's one mission out the way now :red:

I'm going to have to get posting again now - make up for lost time!!

janelleTG
21-04-09, 09:58 AM
Very long time since I've posted anything on here :bolt: but I have big news for myself :PartyRobbie:, and no normal people I tell seem to care! So I thought I'd share!

Finally got a shot at the big time...took a wee drive (3 hours to be precise!!) down to Dundee and had a shot with Tayside Police! Pipe Major says I'm not the worst so he'll give me a shot! Once all the paperwork's gone through, hopefully by next month, I'll be able to say I'm in a grade one band!

6 hour round-trip twice a week (at least) from now on :poke: ...must be dedication or something!!

That's one mission out the way now :red:

I'm going to have to get posting again now - make up for lost time!!

:kait::kait::kait: Congratulations!!!!! Well done. I hope it all goes well for you :cindy::cindy::cindy:

Sean
21-04-09, 10:42 AM
Good for you! One of our drummers is playing with Tayside as well. Have fun with it.

Reid
21-04-09, 06:57 PM
Congrats, I hope you do well!

sass jane
22-04-09, 08:06 AM
Very long time since I've posted anything on here :bolt: but I have big news for myself :PartyRobbie:, and no normal people I tell seem to care! So I thought I'd share!

Finally got a shot at the big time...took a wee drive (3 hours to be precise!!) down to Dundee and had a shot with Tayside Police! Pipe Major says I'm not the worst so he'll give me a shot! Once all the paperwork's gone through, hopefully by next month, I'll be able to say I'm in a grade one band!

6 hour round-trip twice a week (at least) from now on :poke: ...must be dedication or something!!

That's one mission out the way now :red:

I'm going to have to get posting again now - make up for lost time!!

Too cool......How exiting! Good luck wi it all.

Whadya mean, no normal people seem to care? We do care! :bg: It's only folks that has nothing to do with pipe bands or piping/drumming people that are a wee bit strange....... :door:

Mark J.
22-04-09, 08:14 AM
Thanks everyone :hug:

Too cool......How exiting! Good luck wi it all.

Whadya mean, no normal people seem to care? We do care! :bg: It's only folks that has nothing to do with pipe bands or piping/drumming people that are a wee bit strange....... :door:

Thanks as well...but by "normal," I meant "mere mortals" ...not the superheroes of the pipeband world :bg:

Pete Walen
22-04-09, 05:18 PM
What are ya doin' wastin' time posting? Ya should be practicing! :scarl:










Oh, congrats as well...

Mark J.
22-04-09, 07:23 PM
What are ya doin' wastin' time posting? Ya should be practicing! :scarl:


:goodidea: Aye, you're right - I really should play my pipes at least once before the next practise :lmao:

Or...at the very least, I suppose I should pick up the music and make an attempt to learn it
:biglaugh:

No no, I don't mean the sarcasm :beer::rotf: Thanks very much for the congrats
:red:

ppyper1
29-04-09, 10:02 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

Utah Pipe Band http://utahpipeband.org

2. How many years experience do you have?

25

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

Family is Scottish...it's in the blood. Wanted to since I was 8.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?

Jerry Chatwin/David Barclay/Rob Menzies

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

I have two sons who pipe in the Payson High School Pipe Band a a brother who pipes for his local police department's honor guard.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

Many in both areas. Currently soloing in grade 2 and just took a 3rd in the band's qmm. Oh, did take 2nd in the GBB WUSPBA Grade 2 Championships recently.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

Would like to become a solo judge. Making all the other grade 4 bands shake in fear. :devil:


8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?

not really



9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

Practice, practice, practice, and have fun.


10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

same as above.

goat
03-05-09, 10:55 PM
This could be short and sweet, as I'm about to start learning; I can barely play a scale on the practice chanter, let alone the GHB!. So I'm on the site to learn, but thought I'd introduce myself anyway.

1. What band are you currently playing with?
I went to watch a band practice two days ago, and will have my first lesson in five days time, with the Beverley & District Pipe Band.

2. How many years experience do you have?
I bought a PC 26 years ago, but after the inevitable 'strangled cat' comments, didn't persue it. So zero experience really.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I like the sound of the pipes! As a child my parents used to take me on holiday with them to Scotland, and we used to go to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. I have more than a thimble full of Scottish blood, and as soon as I cross the border into Scotland, I feel all the tension leave me; it feels like home the same way Yorkshire does to me. That's quite a thing for a Yorkshireman to say!

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
I watched PM Paul Wright teaching beginners at the band practice I went to, and I'm looking forward to learning from him.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
I expect to get tins of beans and abuse thrown at me many times before I can answer that!

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
I'd like to progress from the PC to full pipes and be good enough to take part in next years Rememberance Day Parade. I guess if I really fix my sights on it, it's a possibility.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
It's only a matter of time. :)

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
A former music teacher told me "don't play with your fingers; play with your ears." Does that apply to pipes too? I'm guessing it does!

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Not from the piping world, but from the martial arts world... "Forget everything you think you know. Do what your teacher tells you to do." I'm hoping that approach will help me make some progress on the pipes too!


Thanks for a very informative forum. I look forward to learning much here (but first and foremost learning from my PM!), and hope I don't spend too much time here at the expense of time with my hands on a chanter, which I know is a failing of mine!

Jason Beard
04-06-09, 11:26 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

P/S Great Lakes Pipe Band...Prior to that, Windsor Police Grade I, North Coast Grade II (three stints), 87th Cleveland Grade II.

2. How many years experience do you have?

I've been playing pipes on and off for 22 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

Playing in a band was the only way I could be taught for free. The band I came up in was the original North Coast Pipe Band. Doug Ross P/M

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?

My first instructor was Jerry Gibson. Followed by Barry Conway, Doug Ross and Dick Finnegan.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

Yes. Although my Great Great Grandfather was P/M of The Glasgow Police (Andrew Leitch)

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

I am a band player. Solo awards were insignificant and not many as I only played solos for two seasons.

As a bandsman, I won two North American Championships in Grade II with North Coast (1991 & 2005). Placed 6th in the world in Grade II with North Coast 1990. Won the EUSPBA Championship with 87th Cleveland Grade II (2004). In the old North Coast, we beat the Clan MacFarlane Grade I in a challenge up at Ligonier in 1990(?), Swept the Delco games in Grade I & II in 1989(?)

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

Build a band of locally grown talent that can compete at a world class level in the upper grades.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?

I played The Conundrum in front of Ian Swinton in the grade II march in Chicago back in 1989. I marched the entire tune to the off-beat. Took 2nd.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

If a new bass drone read double tones twice in the first session, throw it away.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

Do everything in your power to not let down your band mates on the field. Keeping that in mind will drive you towards being properly prepared for every contest.

piperdude89
08-06-09, 08:31 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Burnett's and Struth Pipe Band (Gr 3)

2. How many years experience do you have?
Umm, 7years, but i was a very slow learner, this is the first year ive ever competed. I used to play with an Army band and didnt go to far.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
It was a random thing. I told my parents at the age of 12 that i wanted to learn how to play bagpipes. The next day they made a phone call, and well, today im still playing.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Started with a few army pipers. Did that for most of my 7years, and just recently ive been getting some help from the PM of Burnetts and Struth.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
None as of yet. However the band did get US Champions in Gr 3. (I wasnt playing though)

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Just to be the best I can be. And to go as far as I can

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
My chanter fell out on me in my 2nd solo contest when I was 11 years old.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Practice Lots!!!

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Just dont give up.

Scottish piper
08-06-09, 09:57 PM
1. I play(ed) with Peterborough Highland Pipe Band, but now I've joined the new Cambridgeshire Caledonia Pipe Band (my own suggestion!)
2. I've been playing for 5 years now, although in that short space of time I'm already starting to win quite regulary in RSPBA and SPSL competitions.
3. I don't quite know what inspired me to play the 'pipes, ever since I can remember I've wanted to play the 'pipes.
4. It was mostly Willie Melvin who taught me to play, but now it is my new PM.
5. Nope, just me.
6. Answered in 2.
7. Double Gold Medalist, Glenfiddich champion and PM of a twelve times winning Grade 1 pipe band. (It doesn't hurt to fantasise)
8. Chanter fell out in my hands, but I didn't relaise as I was dummying. Needless to say my PM didn't rust me for a while.
9. Nought.
10. 3 words, maintenance, maintenance, maintenance!

QuintCapt
22-06-09, 05:36 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
-John Ford Highland Pipe Band, a non-competitive group in St. Louis, MO, USA during the summer months (snare drummer)
-During the fall and early winter, I play Americanized tenors (i.e. "quints") for the Golden Eagles Marching Band of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO, USA

2. How many years experience do you have?
5 years marching, 10 years overall

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
This past August, the Golden Eagles Marching Band went to Edinburgh to play in the EMT. I got kinda hooked on the sound and style of Scottie drumming, so I found a group to play with over the summer.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
My dad was my first real drum teacher (he played in his youth), but I've taken kit and rudimental lessons from Daryl Whithead, and general percussion lessons from Michael Eagle and Dr. Shane Mizicko.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Not anymore...I persuaded my dad to join John Ford with me, and he is currently playing bass drum while he learns how to play the pipes.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
I recieved a II-rating at a state-sponsored high-school competition my sophomore year, while my high school bands (concert, marching and jazz groups) have all won more awards than I can count. I have yet to win any professional or collegiate music awards aside from scholarships.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
I want to be either a professional percussionist or a high school band director/percussion coordinator in suburban St. Louis.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
I forgot the music during a solo once (oddly enough, that was the qualifying performance for the state-level competition that I mentioned earlier. Clearly I managed to B.S. it well enough to pass through from districts to state).

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
"Just because the rule of seniority isn't right doesn't mean it isn't used."
"Small town crowds are very grateful for performances, since they don't get very many of them. Which means that they will invariably think that anybody who can get noise out of the instrument is the most fantastic thing they've ever heard."
"Metronomes are annoying. Playing out of tempo is even more annoying."

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
For the pipers: keep squeezing air through at a consistent pace, or else you'll get out of tune. Its your job to play the notes well. Just follow the pace the drummers are giving you, because that is our job.
For the drummers: there is too much for me to say in paragraph form, so I'll give you a checklist
-Notes first, visuals second
-Keep the tempo steady. If the pipers rush or drag, don't adjust (easier said than done, I know...)
-Listen to each other for cleanliness of sound
-FIRST ATTACK!
-Match stickheights/technique
-Keep the beating area small and in one place
-Ask questions if you don't know what your doing

kvnturner
22-06-09, 09:35 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Currently a Solo piper but looking for a band

2. How many years experience do you have?
about 2 1/2 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My father was an Argyll but sadly was not good enough to be a regiment piper, he has sadly departed now so i am learning in his memory.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Tim Hickmot at the Edinbrugh bagpipe Co has taught me the basics, I live far away from him and my job does not pay much so am learning from You tube (sad i know but i dont perform so proper pipers dont need to worry)

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes, Brothers and sisters all live in scotland but i live on the south coast. I have played in pipefest in Bexhill (its on you tube) and thats the nearest i have played in a band as yet.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
No awards as yet although Magnus Ore who organises Pipefest.com played next to me in Bexhill and said a few kind words to me (and didnt shove my pipes where the sun dont shine)

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Just to be the best I can be and make my dad proud

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
I tried playing whilst drunk on a hill not far from my house only to find 20 ish tourist filming on thier camera's

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Practice, Practice and learn to read music, Practice doublings etc from all notes played to make them smoother

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Keep to the basics untill you feel ready and practice the simple things.



:scot:

Deadbeat
30-06-09, 08:11 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Flint

2. How many years experience do you have?
whats that? :) first year in the band

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I carpool with the Pipe Major... and like mold.. the music grew on me, one day my friend asked me if i wanted to play bass... uh.. ok i said
4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
My high school threw me on bass as a kid.. first lessons there, if ya want to call it that, then while in FSPB Pete W. did a lill thing with the hopeful bass players. Thanks Pete!

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My son is learning snare in FSPB

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Best Bass Grd 5 at Alma
7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
"Just to be the best I can be"
yep what Pennfana said!
8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
umm.. not yet.. but im sure its gonna happen soon :P

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Practice lots...... dont be nervous.... have fun most of all

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Beware of the Beer Tent

DrummerBolley
30-06-09, 11:06 PM
Beware of the Beer Tent

But that's were the action is :bg:

piperdude89
02-07-09, 05:58 AM
8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
My chanter fell out on me in my 2nd solo contest when I was 11 years old.


this never actually happened to me. I guess i just forgot to write something here. i copied and pasted someone elses interview so i would have the questions. and then i answered most of them..except for this one apparently. and im just noticing this now.

sorry everyone.

as for an answer...nothing really embarrasing has happened to me.

cheers

rpeitzsch
02-07-09, 02:54 PM
....until now, LOL!!! :poke: :bg:

DrummerBolley
06-07-09, 06:29 AM
....until now, LOL!!! :poke: :bg:

:bg: lol

Deadbeat
06-07-09, 04:52 PM
But that's were the action is :bg:

Indeed! :)

FeeFee
28-07-09, 12:43 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

Buchan Pipe Band

2. How many years experience do you have?

21, cos I'm getting on a bit now!

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

I had a friend who was learning at the time and the local band was offering tuition so I thought I'd give it a go.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?

Those nice people at Stonehaven Pipe Band (mainly Alistair Robertson and Brian Elrick)

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

In the immediate family yes I am. My cousin's nephew is the bass drummer for the Buchan Grade 4 band though.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

None solo! (or they were so long ago I've forgotten). A fair few placings with the band at majors in Grade 2 although none this year yet.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

To keep playing in the band and listening to lots of others and maybe one day play in Grade 1 again!

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?

Of course. Bass drone reed fell out while competing at a local in my first year of competing (not good but judge didn't notice!).

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

Being a good band player is not just about the playing, it's about listening and watching what's going on around you and being aware of how you fit into that.


10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

See number 9. And enjoy yourselves! It's a hobby which is WAY more than a hobby for most of the people I know but when everything is working it's very rewarding! (And don't take rain personally. It rains a lot in Scotland, especially at the weekend)

rpeitzsch
28-07-09, 01:07 PM
Welcome the Forums!

Robbie.Crow
28-07-09, 04:31 PM
(And don't take rain personally. It rains a lot in Scotland, especially at the weekend)
I havent seen any rain all year :rotf: :rotf: :rotf:

aye okay... i lied..

welcome to the forums... ~Just wondering.. are you the same FeeFee as on Delphi??

See ye at the worlds!

ppyper1
28-07-09, 05:05 PM
wow....we don't get much rain here in Utah. I often wonder why I bought an Inverness cape because I hardly ever use it.

Had to use it twice this year, weird. LOL

FeeFee
28-07-09, 05:25 PM
I am the same FeeFee from Delphi - it can get a little heated on there sometimes!

Thanks for the welcome! It's raining in Aberdeen just now :bath: so normal service has been resumed although I saw a headline in the local rag that it might brighten up (slow day in the news I think!)

Happy Piping and Drumming everyone (and drum majoring of course Vikki!)

Vikki
28-07-09, 05:40 PM
good to see you here & posting!!! :bg:

chops9286
04-08-09, 06:57 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Currently playing with the Toowoomba Caledonian Pipe Band

2. How many years experience do you have?
I have had 10 years experience in Tenor/Bass and 5 Months in PC/Pipes

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Well my mum and dad both play the pipes so its in my blood

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
to drum a lady that used to be in the band was for the initial stuff.. but most of what im doing is self taught with tips from other drummers such Mark Kindness from Qld Irish

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Nope, my mum and dad pipe, my brother down from me is on side... brother down from him is on tenor and my youngest brother is soon to be playing side. My cousin plays Bass, his wife plays tenor, their daughter plays side. oh and also my aunty who used to be in a diff band played tenor

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
1st in elementary tenor
2nd in elementary bass (beaten by my cousin lol)
1st in learner chanter

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
drumming related goals would be to be able to get good enough to compete in open solo comp
piping related goals would be to be able to get to a level of a good friend of mine Mark. who is absolutely amazing on pipes

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
hmm nothing really.. apart from the odd tenor stick to the face

the most embarresing thing to happen in our family was my dad falling down some stairs when the band was playing.. the best stop the abnd has ever done

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
probably would be practice practice practice.. it does make a difference

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
respect is a big thing with me. lack of respect lets pipe bands down

also treat it as a hobby not a job.. because it IS a hobby

practice and do the hard work so when its time to play you can have fun while playing


THANKS FOR LISTENING :)

Eric
06-08-09, 08:20 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
St. Thomas Episcopal Alumni

2. How many years experience do you have?
1999-2004 (Age 13-18) and 2009-Present (Age 22)

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I went to a private school called St. Thomas Epsicopal School. They started teaching their students drumming and piping starting at age 10. It didnt really strike much interested when I was that age. During my 8th grade year, I decided to join Drumming just to get out of a course. I quickly learned and excelled in Drumming at that point. It was that summer, I met a man named Bert Barr....at that point, my whole drumming career took a turn.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Gordon Sampson was my primary instructor teaching me and showing me everything I knew. Bert Barr took what I knew and took it to a new level or perfection.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
I consider my fellow bandmembers, my family, so in a metaphorical term, no, but in a biological term yes.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
I won a few Grade 3 Solo drumming competitions in 2002 (2nd) and 2003 (1st). The St. Thomas Epsicopal School band I was in at the time won 1st Grade 3 North American Championships in 2003 and the World Championships in 2004 for the Juvenile division.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
After the tragic news of Bert's passing, the St. Thomas Episcopal school called all it's Alumni drummers to come and play the Alex Duthart fanfare at their yearly festival. At that point, we started to re-form a dormant Alumni band that has not been active in about 5 years. It almost seemed like it was a last gift from Bert Barr. I will do my best to continue drumming and do what I can to keep the St. Thomas Epsicopal band awake and at its full-potential.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Nothing really.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
One time we were preparing to play at a competition and I had to stop to scratch myself. Bert told me that one time, he was in a competition and while he was playing, a bee either crawled up his nose or one of his fellow bandmembers' nose. After the tune was finished, the only thing that could be heard was a big scream. The moral of the story is, do not stop playing, no matter what.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Keep playing and have fun while doing it.

Margaret
11-08-09, 01:49 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Desert Thistle Pipe Band

2. How many years experience do you have?
More than I care to admit.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My dad, and growing up as a band kid early on.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
I haven't had any formal instruction, just picked it up over the years playing bass for a few different pipe bands, but always wanted to play like George McKillop, an alumni bass drummer for Simon Fraser University Pipe Band - he always made it look so effortless.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Nope. My dad is a piper who joined his band in 1968, and my children are both snare drumming students being taught by Glenn Wright.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
None individually, shared in a number with the Willamette Valley Pipe Band (Gr. 3) in years past.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Finally learning to read music.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Of course, haven't we all?

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
There's a time to have fun, and a time to be serious when playing in the band, remember which one is which so you don't drive your pipe major crazy.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Be a good listener, we bass players aren't there to just look good.

Sean
11-08-09, 11:08 AM
Hi Margaret, long time no see! Welcome to PBF. A lot more fun than that other place.

Sean

fatboy63
12-08-09, 01:07 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
None at the moment. But I did play bass for the Geauga Highlanders about 3 years.

2. How many years experience do you have?
about 3

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I have always loved the pipes. Then about 4 years ago I found out that someone I had worked with was involved in a band. So inquired about it and eventually signed up.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
I had input from Jerry Gibson, Nathan Zeigler and John Campbell. All three
either contributed or are to blame!

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My youngest was trying out the tenor drum but I was the one that
continued with it.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Nothing. Maybe the real reward for me is that nobody threw anything at
me.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Just to get a good as I can and possibly get back with a local band.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
While playing the bass I accidently ended a song early. I read the wrong
signal.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Nothing that I can think of.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Keep playing and just enjoy the experience.
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Blue Scotty Girl
12-08-09, 02:10 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
ROI - grade 4b/5

2. How many years experience do you have?
About five as a child in the early 80's...and then since Jan 09

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Initially, because I was chosen from over 70 applicants to learn in school and it seemed like a good way to get out of regular classes. My return was always something I wanted to do but never thought I would til a chance meeting in a pub.......

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Alistair MacAffer and then Roddy MacLeod,

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My youngest just started on tenor drum, I think she might have a talent. Hubby used to play pipes and would again but has no time.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
My band did quite well this season, racking up a good haul of 1st place in our own grade and the one above. It's our first year out with the current line up so we were happy.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To be the best I can be. To help my band move up the grades and to be able to play with confidence infront of my peers.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
First outing with the band, my glengarry blew off half way down the street and was rescued by a drummer who passed it down the ranks.Made a good blooter in a recent competition but lest said about that the better!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Bend with the music, don't let the likes of BWW force you to play "staid". We have a brilliant band instructor and he's always got good advice.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Listen to those who know more than you. Never, ever get pulled up on basic maintenance and always carry drone corks in your pocket.

Mississauga Bassman
18-08-09, 10:02 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
St. Andrew's-Mississauga Pipes & Drums

2. How many years experience do you have?
about 27 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I always wanted to play but never knew where to get involved (Before this computer/internet thing!!). I went to see my cousin's Ross and Scott Brown with the 78th Fraser's at Molson park (Barrie Games) and made arrangements to see them at Fergus (The old Fair grounds) a few weeks later. Practicing right beside them on the hill was (at that time) Sheridan-Oakville PB. I thought, "A band in my area", I inquired and here I am with the same band only with a name & area change--St. Andrew's-Mississauga Pipes & Drums.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Our band Drumming instructor at the time Jimmy Agnew and I also took private lessons with Reid Maxwell.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My father was a tenor drummer, my older sister was a tenor drummer for a short while, My younger sister was a side drummer . My oldest son is a side drummer. My wife was a tenor drummer and my younger son is starting to learn (you guessed it!!) side drum.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Approx 10 solo awards at Orillia Highland Festival ( 1st's, 2nd's and 3rd's on Bass and a few 2nd's and 3rd's on snare.)

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Just to keep enjoying what I am doing and would really like to be on a pipe band album somewhere down the road. I was lucky enough to play bass drum on a tune on a David Leask CD ( Called " A Tightrope Of Dreams") a few years ago. That was cool.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Yes somewhat, many yrs ago, I was competing with band on snare. I was struggling with one rudiment that for some reason I just couldn't get right that day. I had it finally before we went on the field, went out and competed and wouldn't you know it, drew a blank so I faked it. Unfortunately, drumming judge was looking right at me and caught it!!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Don't worry what the results are at the end of the day (from the judges), instead, did the crowd watching enjoy it? Then that's what counts! ( That was from my old Pipe Major Dave Morwood )

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
As they say: " How do you get to carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice!! And just go out and enjoy yourself. It should be something enjoyable not a JOB! I also see beginners who will get frustrated and sometimes give up. Don't, just perservere and it will come!
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Scarlet O'Hair
19-08-09, 12:08 AM
Hi Buddy, welcome to the PBF. I'm just gonna edit you a wee bit,so the post doesn't look like Jamesinators....I see you've cut and pasted, I'm just gonna remove his name from the top....it won't hurt a bit! :bg:

drummer dave
21-08-09, 12:52 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
DUNFERMLINE AND DISTRICT PIPE BAND

2. How many years experience do you have?
ABOUT 7-8

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
PROBABLY MY DAD AND A TOOK IT UP BECAUSE ITS BEEN IN MA FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
AT FIRST RONNIE HOGG LD THEN SHONA FINLAY LD
5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
NEAR ENOUGH EVERYBODY IN MA FAMILYS BEEN OR IS WITH A PIPE BAND

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
A WON ALL 5 MAJORS WITH INVERKEITHING DISTRICT PIPE BAND IN 2002
7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
TO BASICLLY GO OUT THERE AND STILL ENJOY WHAT I DO REALLY

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
I HAVENT YET BUT IM STILL WAITING LOL

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
IF YOU HAVE TALENT DNT BE AFRAID TO USE IT COZ IT WILL GET YOU PLACES

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
AT THE END OF THE DAY WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING WE ALL LOVE DOING SO DO IT TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY ALWAYS BE CONFIDENT IN YOURSELF AND OTHERS WILL GROW CONFIDENCE WITH YOU AND IN YOU

Churchill
21-08-09, 03:02 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Torphichen and Bathgate, playing tenor.

2. How many years experience do you have?
15

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My wee bro started on the pipes with Seafield and then moved to Boghall. I quite fancied learning the drums and took up side but moved to Bass. First for necessity and secondly cos I fell in love with it.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Tom Brown and more recently, Douglas Martin for tenor.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
I am now. Wee bro gave the pipes up

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Every major in Drumming whilst playing with Boghall N/J and Juvenile. Best Bass at every Major in the days they gave them out, yes, including the Worlds. More recently Grade 2 World and British drum corps championships and Scottish, British and Cowal Championships as a band. Oh and loads of CoC's.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To keep plugging away and try to rise up Grade 1.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
When playing the Bass at Ayr on a freezing cold, windy day, a gust caught the drum and blew it off the bottom of the harness. In the video all you hear is me going "FCUK" lol.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Heavy, light, medium, light. Never eat yellow snow.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's all about the beer and the birds at the end of the day.

DrumFiend
26-08-09, 05:50 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Durham Regional Police G-3

2. How many years experience do you have?
3 and a half months, started half a month snare drumming before the ppbso season.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I Give all credit to my father, Who was introduced by his father, a piping legend.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
My father, And Mark humphrey(Lead TipDRPS) www.claymoredrums.com

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Nope, me and my father both play IN DRPS.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Over this season i have accomplished, North american champions, And champion supreme, personal and solo, I have completed an accurate Grade 2 Solo MSR That consists of, JK's Highland Wedding(march) Maggie cameron, And john morrison of the Assynt house.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To play in Drew Dutharts SL78TH Core.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Not yet!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Its just a tap or a roll.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
If you play quit and clean, the judges cant hear your mistakes, But, If you play Clean And Precise, no one will hear your mistakes.

AndrewMcN
26-08-09, 02:53 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Just started going to East Kilbride Pipe Band. G3


2. How many years experience do you have?
25 years playing experience

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
When I was a wee boy, every time the bagpipes came on the telly, I'd sit glued. I was asked to play age 8 with the BB and I jumped at the chance.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
A few people from the BB pipe band. I have been learning ever since.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
A few competitions with various bands.. When I was learning, I got placed in a couple of chanter competitions.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Just to enjoy playing again. After 11 years of not competing.. I thought it was about time to get back into it.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
A few things. :)

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Don't forget to practice.. Good things come of it. (The words of an old friend).

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
The more you do a thing, the easier it becomes.

rollylawson
03-09-09, 06:43 PM
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1. What band are you currently playing with?
Have joined an unregistered band called Carlisle Caledonian Pipe Band
and from next week i will be attending tutorial with the Royal Borough of Annan Pipe Band with the hope of becoming a playing member sometime over the next couple of seasons.


2. How many years experience do you have?
About 15 as a drummer . firstly playing sides then tenor and base. 20 as Drum Major, still registered with Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary Pipe Band but have not been out over previous 2 seasons.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Firstly my Father. He had been a Gordon Highlander for 12yrs although he didnt play an instrument he always had pipe band music playing around the house when i was very young. Secondly one of my older brothers Brian,also joined the Gordons and became a piper. when he used to home on leave he would say that i could whistle the tunes better than he could play them on the pipes, suppose i had listened to them that many times it became second nature.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Originally when i was 18 i learned to play the scale on the chanter ,taught by P/M Willie Todhunter of the Carlisle Caledonian pipe band. I could'nt understand those little black dots with the tails so i turned to drumming.
Was a member vof the Annan Ex Services club pipe band from age 20 and was tutored by leading tip Bob McKend and later by Jim Kilpatrick of Muirhead and sons pipe band then Tom Brown of Boghall and Bathgate pipe band.


5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My brother Brian was a piper with the Gordon Highlanders for 6 yrs then Grampion Police for some 20 odd yrs.
My youngest son Scott followed in my footsteps as a juvenile Drum major, winning many championships in that field, the only one he never won was the Worlds. Both of us as Drum Majors were taught by John Noble.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
I remember winning a bronze medal a lot of years ago as a side drummer at an indoor cometition in Ayr. There were 2 side drummers (myself and another lad called Alan thomson) and a piper. Apart from that a few as a band member in grades 3 and 2. Never won any championships as Drum major apart from the Branch and a few minor contests.


7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To play the Pipes (which I have been learning now for past 3 months) with a band, preferably as a competing band.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
The day i won the bronze medal at Ayr while i was bringing the snare drum from side to front playing position it came off the sling and fell to the floor.
On another occasion while i was playing base drum in the massed bands at Annan Riding of the Marches i walked into a traffic bollard in the middle of the road.


9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
As soon as my brother heard that i was learning the pipes he told me to join a band. Apart from that None, but i am hoping i can get some advice from my new found friends at PBF.


10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
I can only agree with most of the comments i have read on the pbf especially with regards to beginners GET HELP FROM THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN THERE BEFORE YOU they have a wealth of experience and thats one thing you can not beat.

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ScaddenAPBS
05-09-09, 07:47 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Ayr pipe band

2. How many years experience do you have?
about 5 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
A friend of mine from high school asked me to try it.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Wullie Gilmour (teaches various schools) P/M Kieran McPate of Ayr

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My auntie used to play before i was even thought of but yea just me :)

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
a few top 3 in solos, and several top 6 with the band

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To eventually play Grade 1, mostly aiming to play with FMMPB

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Bass Reed fell out just as we marched into the Circle, managed to dummy it and we still got 6th

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Practice, Practice, practice and always keep your pipes well hemped.(was told this after the bass reed incident)

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
keep yourself disciplined!

bhorbal
18-09-09, 07:43 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Litchfield Hills Pipe Band

2. How many years experience do you have?
20yrs, But 2 Highland.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Love the sound, always have, always will.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Took a workshop with Steve McWhirter, Eric McNeill.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
At this point, but I'm trying to get the kids interested.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Gr4sr


7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To play untill I die and continue to improve.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Not yet

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Relax

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
It's ok to get frustrated,but It's not ok to give up.

Be Well.

Dirty Ernie
29-09-09, 04:16 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
ACPD (Air Command)

2. How many years experience do you have?
20+

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I was born in Scotland (Kirkcaldy), it was always my mother's devious plan to have me learn the pipes. Finally conceded after hearing the Dunvegan band play at a local event.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
David Clyde. Formerly of Dunvegan, also ex PM of McEoin Ramsay / 78th FGG.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My dad used to be a drummer, and my mom was like the mother of the entire band, always bringing drinks and snacks to parades and competitions.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Various solo (Grades 5 through 2) medals from games around North America, mostly PPBSO. Won the Ottawa Knockout once too, got a huge shield for it. Had quite a few successful runs with the bands as well.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Get back into competitive form

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Lots. Ask me in person, I don't need that kind of stuff floating around in cyberspace.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
"Dinnae blaw a hard reed just fer the sake o' blawin' a hard reed, it isnae a f*cking contest on hae has the hardest f*cking reed pal" . Advice given to me by some piper who borrowed my pipes in a bar once in Glasgow, I don't know who he was but he kicked ass as a piper.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Pass on everything you learn, why keep all the good secrets to yourself.

James
30-09-09, 10:07 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Ulster Grenadiers

2. How many years experience do you have?
13Yrs

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Hmmm ill answer this anyway i've always been interested in pipe bands first tape was a field marshall live tape when i was younger i used to listen to this all day every day. Ive always been in flute bands for a long time reason is its a very community based scene here all my friends are in it and we are a free scene as regards to style and music we play.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
I taught myself how to drum for years then my brother joined a pipe band and has passed rudiments on to me which i in turn have passed onto my flute band. I also taught myself to flute.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My Brother is in a pipe band.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
N/A

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
to continue to gain respect from the rest of the scene

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
My hat blew off on a big parade was funny for the rest of the lads!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Every band big or small talented or not as talented as yourselves should be applauded for existing.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Doubt i'd know much more than a pipe drummer, one thing i'd say is 'look good'

Cooper
21-10-09, 04:43 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
The Ainad Highlanders in St Louis Missouri, we're a Shriner street band and we raise money for the Shriner's hospital. We don't compete although I would love for us to get to that point where we could. We're taking steps though by getting proper instruction on how to be a competition type bagpipe band, its coming along.

2. How many years experience do you have?
right at three years.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I always loved the pipes but it was something that I thought I could never do until I started asking questions. This person led me to this person and so on until I found Matt Pantaleoni in St. Louis and started taking lessons.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Matt Pantaleoni is my instructor but I'm constantly learning things from the guys in the band too.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yup

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Hmmm as I've never competed I've never won an award but I was coined by a 4-star General and then asked to play at his house for a social event he was hosting. Pretty special I thought.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Just to be the best I can be, and to finally compete.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Other than messing up the tune and trying to keep the "oops" face from showing I've been pretty lucky, but then again I'm still new.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Don't rush! Dont overblow the reed! Hold that note longer! Don't crush your doublings! Wait for the burl! Don't squeez the bejezus out of the chanter! :) lol

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Try to make it a part of your day, and always be trying to learn a new tune and challenging yourself to learn something you don't think you're quite ready for. Practice perfectly and don't settle for anything less from yourself. Accept the fact that this is going to take you years so enjoy the learning of it to include proper bagpipe maintenance. Find a competent instructor and stick with him/her.
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9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
"Dinnae blaw a hard reed just fer the sake o' blawin' a hard reed, it isnae a f*cking contest on hae has the hardest f*cking reed pal" . Advice given to me by some piper who borrowed my pipes in a bar once in Glasgow, I don't know who he was but he kicked ass as a piper.

LOL That's friggin great!

Jack Fellows
29-10-09, 01:38 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Grand Traverse Pipes & Drums, MWPBA Gr. IV

2. How many years experience do you have?
Since 1991.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My Scottish grandfather and my father both loved (military) pipe music, but neither played. I determined that I could.

4. Who taught you to pipe?
Harry Ansorge started me; Greg Abbott polished me. Workshop tutoring from Bob Worrell, Jack Lee, Sandy Jones, Iain Macy, Dale Brown, Jori Chisholm, others.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Solo: various 4th places, MWPBA; band, also various 4th places MWPBA and PPBSO

7. What are your future piping-related goals?
Constantly improve my technique and execution; teach; perform.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
No.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Practice slowly, correctly, daily. Maintain your instrument.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers?
Play for the love of the music. Maintain dignity.
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porloff
30-10-09, 10:44 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Stephen P Driscoll Memorial PB
Local 94 Pipes and Drums, NYC

2. How many years experience do you have?
About 10 years.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My parents. They took us to every parade out there as kids. I always wanted play.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
John Chalmers

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
At present, but the kids are chomping at the bit.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
I only competed for 1 season and definitely wasn't good enough to place.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Kepp on learning and have as much fun as I can.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
I have no shame; therefore i cannot be embarrased.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
"Don't worry, the PM gives everybody that same dirty look."

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
There are no apologies in pipebands, just get out there and get it done right.

Gord MacDonald
20-11-09, 07:19 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
No one at the moment, played with Edmonton & District(Big Rock) PB for about 8 years.

2. How many years experience do you have?
15 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Malcolm MacCrimmon from Edmonton

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Malcolm MacCrimmon, Louise MacLeod

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
When I played with the Big Rock PB, we won almost every contest we entered, provincial champions for most of the late 90's to 2003. I led a junior quartet and we won the championship for the province from 2000 - 2004. In 2000, we got 3rd in Grade 4 at the Worlds,and a 1st at Bridge of Allan.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
I just started a pipe band business called Island Bagpipe, so my goal there is to be successful from the business perspective. It also gets me back in "the Game" which keeps my old Henderson pipes from gathering dust and being pissed at me. I want to complete the book "Seconds from the Edge Vol II" at some point, and I also want to hear some bands playing my original compositions.

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?
I had a tenor drone top fall off during a contest once, the judge behind me put it back on an re-tuned it quickly. Yes of course I bought him a beer after.:)

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Practice 15 to 20 minutes every day, rather than 2 hours once a week(former PM of AlCal)
10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Put your family first.

Jock McGraw
09-03-10, 09:13 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
- At the moment playing with:
"The Pipes and Drums of Zurich"
"The Swiss Highlanders"
"Heidelberg and District Pipes and Drums"

2. How many years experience do you have?
- About 5 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
- Just being Scottish and getting patriotic in my old age

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
- Tyler Fry (DVD/CD ROM) Robbert van Gorp, Maik Reckziegel, Jan Schulz, Myself.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
- Yes, so far.....hoping my 12 year old son will get interested

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
- 1st. Swiss Championships (Solo Tenor March) 2007
- 2nd. Karlsruhe Indoor (Solo Tenor March) 2008
- 1st. Swiss Indoor (Solo Tenor March) 2009
- 1st. Swiss Championships (Band) 2006
- 1st. Swiss Championships (Band) 2007
- 1st. Swiss Championships (Band) 2008 - then disqualifed

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
- Try and compete well in the German Majors with Heidelberg and District.
- Enjoy being part of the Massed Pipes and Drums at the "Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo"

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
- Not yet....but I'm not dead yet.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
- Pass

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
- One Life - Live It. Enjoy it while you can. Never give up.

Heed
16-03-10, 03:15 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

As of tonight Tulliallan Pipe Band (non registered, just starting out), Kincardine, Fife, Scotland.

Wee update - Sep 2010 Shotts and Dykehead

Before that
Scotland and Northern Ireland Air Training Corps (still P/M) 2007
Glasgow and Lanarkshire Army Cadet Force 2006 - 2008
Grangemouth Air Training Corps 2006 - 2008
Strathclyde Police 2004 - 2008
Wee Gap
The White Heather Tubes 1989 - now and again
Strathclyde Police 1994 - 1999
Black Bottle (bout 2 months) 1999
Forth Valley 90s
Rutherglen late 80s
Forth Valley late 80s
2nd Batt Scots Guards 1982 - 1986
Guards Depot Piping School 1980 - 1982


2. How many years experience do you have?

41


3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

I remember watching the then Clackmannan Pipe Band play at the cenotaph in Clackmannan, and saying "I want to do that". Think I was about 3.


4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?

Hugh Wilson of Camelon


5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

Father played as an Air Cadet, Grandfather played with Allandale Pipe Band, then 7th Batt Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders during WW2. Son played with Grangemouth ATC, and, I'm glad to say, is getting back into it after a year off.


6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

Some early success under 18 at the likes of Stirlingshire provincial MOD, and some solo stuff down south.
Band wise, Only thing I ever won with the Police was the British in Ayr, think it was about 1996. Loads of 4th/5ths, most satisfying was 1st in grade 2 at the Europeans in Stranraer in 1983 with the Guards. Train back to London was phenomonal.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

To assist in establishing a credible and competent band in the village of Kincardine ( Tulliallan is the local estate, and home of the Scottish Police College)

A crowd of local guys have already set up a very promising group, on the go since Dec.


8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?

Not enough room here..


9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

The buttons on spats go on the outside of the leg (L/Sgt "Spic" Martin, Weymouth, 1981)


10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?


Enjoy your playing. Anything else is a plus
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donnsuil
20-03-10, 11:02 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Auckland & District Pipe Band (New Zealand)

2. How many years experience do you have?
about 23 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My father like the bagpipes, and I remember watching bands march at parades.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Don Smith (John MacGlashan College in Dunedin) started me off, passed me onto Airdrie Stewart. Also had tuition off of Donald Bain . Richard Hawke, and Brian Switalla. Spent some time with Jack Taylor in Scotland in 2002.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My Great Grandfather and Great Uncle played the pipes. After I started, both my sisters played the drums.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Most NZ open piping events, got 2nd in the Silver Medal at Oban in 2000. Various other results around Scotland. Bands, won Grade 2 worlds as a guest player with Queensland Highlanders in 2001. Won the last 2 NZ Championships with the Auckland & District Pipe Band

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Develop/encourage a healthier piping/band scene here in Auckland. Learn the snare properly and play that in a band.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
I tucked my jacket into my belt (somehow) and played in a solo event like that. Had a couple of occasions where my bass drone double toned in the attack at a National Contest.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
"Hope for the best, but expect the worst" - Glenn Miller (my lead drummer).

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Perfect the basics, and make sure they are consistently delivered. Record yourself playing, as it is very likely that it will sound different to what you think you are playing

S. Lloyd
09-04-10, 04:37 AM
]1. What band are you currently playing with?

All by myself at the moment

2. How many years experience do you have?

Well, I started in 1969, [age ten] but very played very little through my
twenties, so I would say approx. 30 yrs.

3. Who/What inspired you to play ?

Mom said "Pipes or accordion-you pick" -seriously
4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
A very fine piper and gentleman who emigrated to Rossland, B.C. from Ayrshire [I think] in the late 40's-early 50's-
His name was Bram Eccles

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

'fraid so
-my son was a pretty good highland dancer in his pre teen years.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

A [very] few prizes in the early nineties [B.C.P.A. Gr.2], [Jr. Am. then]

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

improvement, maybe a little bit more competing

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?

A long time ago another fellow and myself were to pipe in the head table at
a really fancy R.C.M.P. dress ball..lots of bigshots... We started playing our way into the big hall, sounding and looking great in full dress, feather bonnets and all, with the dignitaries in tow. But we had to pass through this latticework archway thing about 20 ft. inside the hall....we are both over 6ft tall, that would make our bass drones 7ft.+!
We managed to hook this silly thing and pull it down with a crash!
It was very quickly replaced and we carried on, a bit red faced!


9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

have the music in front of you when you practice,
20 mins. a day/everyday is better than 2hrs. once a week

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

Cary on, have fun!

jessierose
09-04-10, 04:41 AM
Welcome to PBF!! Just shout if you need help figuring the place out!

kaypiob
16-07-10, 03:23 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Currently playing with the MacMillan Grade 3 Pipe Band from Rockville, MD.

2. How many years experience do you have?
Since June 2004, so roughly 6 years.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I learned piping from a pipe band at the very start. Now I prefer it to solo piping because of the camaraderie.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Lots of people. The largest chunk of my instruction is thanks to Chris Hamilton as well as 6 years at the National Piping Centre USA school in Winchester, VA: Have taken instruction from Roddy MacLeod, Stuart Samson, Lorne Cousin, Bruce Gandy, Gavin Stoddart, Stuart Liddell, Andy Rogers, Colin MacLellan, Finlay MacDonald.. feel like I'm forgetting someone lol.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My pipe band IS my family! Though I think it would be fun if one or both of my brothers were to learn an instrument and play with my band.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
I don't really compete solo, but have had a few medals scattered here and there over the years. My band has taken a prize or two from several games down this way, and did pretty well at Maxville in the past.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
I'd like to play in a grade 1 band one day, but I've got a while for that yet. I would REALLY love to do the RSAMD degree. (I'd post a link, but I'm not allowed yet...)

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?
Thankfully only at band practice so far.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Tons of it, but nothing specific that I can remember now that I've got it ingrained. :/

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Enjoy yourself.

Timothy Gleason
21-07-10, 09:46 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Black Pearl Pipe And Drums. (Fire Department Band)

2. How many years experience do you have?
About 3 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Always wanted to learn to play the Pipes, Being a member of a large Fire Department afforded me the opportunity to find others with the same intrests.
(Pride, Duty, Honor, Tradition)


4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Primarily Self Taut, But attend The North American Accademy Of Piping And Drumming 1 week a year where I recieve instruction from:
- Sandy Jones
- Ed Neigh
- Brain Yates
- Jim Dillahey
- Bill Caudill
- Greg Abbott

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Money Scholarship for being most improved Piper of the week 2010 at North American College Of Piping.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Just to be the best I can be. Attempting to learn Piobaireachd.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Completely destroyed "Amazing Grace" at my first FireFighter Funneral, Trying To play while Bawling your eyes out just doesnt work.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Perservere! Never Give Up... Keep Trying, It'll Come . Be Patient.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Just Have Fun!! Im an older learner. Im 38 and only have about 3 years in. I often think maybe I should give up, Because I will never be very good. However Everytime I hear A piece of Piobaireachd or a jig I get inspired and want to continue.. Do it for yourself! Do it cause it makes you feel good! Do it cause its fun....

needs more tape
23-07-10, 02:59 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Currently with Cameron Highlanders G4 (C Rosenberger PM)
Previous PM LA Scots G4 (Scott MacDonald PM), Cameron Highlanders G3 (C Rosenberger PM), City of Glendale PB G2 (Seumas Coyne PM), Caber Feidh PB G2 (James McColl PM).

2. How many years experience do you have?
I have been playing for over 40 years now.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
When I was born, my mother and facther decided that I was going to be a piper and that was that.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
First instructor, Ian MacDonald (LA Scots), then Jimmy Thompson (LA Scots) then James McColl (LA Scots)

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My father started playing pipes when I started.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
I won some solo awards when I was little. Mostly played in bands.
I came back into the solo world a couple of years ago just for kicks and got a medal in G2. I'll give it a go again next season. =)

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Play cleanly, in tune and have fun with it.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Have you heard any fo the MacKay jokes? That's me!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
I've had the privilage of being in the company of some of the best pipers of all time. Seumas MacNeil, Ronnie Lawrie, James McColl, John Burgess to name a few. All I can think of is be humble.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
For pipers, Sheepskin, Cane reeds, and practice with focus.
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jessierose
23-07-10, 03:13 AM
So...tell us a good story about one of those guys from #9!

piper01888
29-07-10, 11:11 PM
Current Band
Trail Pipe Band, primarily a street/show band.
Experience:
About 45 years.
Who inspired me to learn the pipes?
When I was about 9 my father asked me if I would like
to learn to play the pipes. I said ok.
My original instructor was a very patient kind man by the
name of William Burns. After a certain amount of progress
I was then passed over to the p/s of our band, a man mentioned
in an earlier post, Bramley Eccles.
I am the only member of my family who plays now but
my younger sister used to.
As a youngster won a passle of various medals in local games.
Future goals?
Play as well as I can for as long as I can.
Embarassing moments?
See S. Lloyds post. I was the other 6 plus foot tall piper.
Advice received?
You never stand still in learning piping. You ar either getting
better or getting worse, not staying the same.
Advice to give?
See advice received.
Cheers

Russ
20-08-10, 06:26 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
non, yet

2. How many years experience do you have?
2

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I was a volunteer Firefighter, There was a arson fire in Seattle that took the lives of 4 Seattle firefighters. At there memorial the Vancouver Police Pipe and Drum band came to play. The moment that Amazing Grace began everyone in the building wept, From that moment I was hooked.

4. Who taught you to pipe?
Tyrone Head from Seattle was my first instructor. Then Maureen Lee on Bainbridge Island, then I attended the Masters of Scottish Arts school which had we had P/M Jack Lee of SFU, P/M Ian McLellan, P/M Bill Livingstone, P/M Michael Cusack, & P/M Alasdair Gillies. Now I'm restarting up again with Jori Chisholm from Seattle.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with piping?
yes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
none.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Just to be the best I can be

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
My audition at The Masters of Scottish Arts School in front of the above listed pipe majors.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Enjoy, relax and never take yourself too seriously

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
no, but can use all I can get :scot:

KiltedPiper
20-08-10, 07:38 PM
I think this is a great thread here's my CV!

1. What band are you currently playing with?
Currently piping with Black Raven PB, took 3rd in the Worlds (First in Piping). Started with SLOT and later moved on the St Lawrence of Howth

2. How many years experience do you have?
A lot … more than I care to mention … I started young but took some time off from bands

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
A couple of guys in school asked me to join their band …. I thought Hmmmmm maybe Thin Lizzy or U2. It turned out to be a pipe band …. never looked back

4. Who taught you to pipe?
My first tutor/mentor was the late Tommy Tully, father of SLOT’s PM Terry Tully. Seamus Casey of SLOT took a hand and I also took lessons with John Duggan through the Irish Pipe Band Association. When I moved to St Lawrence I was tutored by Tommy Anderson who was PM of Renfrewshire PB (or British Caledonian depending on whether they were sponsored or not) and St Pat’s of Donaghmore (NI).

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My aunt played with the Emerald Girls PB in Ireland

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
My greatest claim to fame was to 2nd place in the All Ireland solo … many years ago!
7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Would love to win the worlds with my current band and get promoted and hopefully eventually be grade 1 band

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?
Not that I can remember but then bad memories can be repressed!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
You can be as good as the best ... they only have 10 fingers too

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Do your best and support your band colleagues especially the drummers if you are a piper and the pipers if you are a drummer and remember you are all trying to achieve the same thing.

captn kev
04-10-10, 10:57 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Dundas pd (chanter ing)

2. How many years experience do you have
its not the year but the milelage that counts:footie:

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
was part of a tattoo in 1972 and my Scotish blood snuck out.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
PM doug Tulloch (RCL 58) was my 1st instructor victim. Now torturing
K Muir (DPD)

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
lots of cousins inthe UK but none on this side

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
made the move to DPD because RCL58 was none competitve so hoping for the future.
7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
looking forward to some competions and touring Scotland with a massed band.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
yeah usualy my playing

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
the dictionary is the noly place success comes before work


10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

EarlyE
05-10-10, 02:38 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Between bands right now

2. How many years experience do you have
15 years but it feels more like 15000

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Saw a busker out playing on Buchanan Street in Glasgow when I was 11 and said to my mum 'That would be a cool thing to do'. Turned out she knew someone who played and the rest is history.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Started with a guy called Matthew Love (TA band P/M) then he reffered me to Duncan Johnstone who I went to until he passed. Went a few years just on band tuition then went to Roddy McLeod for a bit

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My sister's a tenor drummer

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
I've never really competed solo. Won every major with bands other than the Scottish championships

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Just keep improving I suppose and start competing in the solos.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Once I was playing in a pub and two girls came up behind me. One lifted my kilt and the other took a picture of my bum.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Where to start... one that stuck with me from Duncan is 'Don't play things too fast, that doesnt impress people. Playing the tunes properly impresses people'

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
When it comes to other bands if you couldnt do it better then dont have a go.

Sean
05-10-10, 02:46 PM
Welcome aboard!

Piccadilly Piper
16-10-10, 11:24 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Galloway Highlanders Pipes & Drums of Utah
gallowayhighlanders.com

2. How many years experience do you have
A little over 2.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Followed this band since I found I had Scottish ancestry.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Robert Rowe, Paul Hermann, Dale Hawkins.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
I am teaching a son to pipe and have another interested in drums, other than that, no.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
I found it very rewarding that I was not drug off and shot after my first solo competition.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Keep improving, compete with the band and compete solo.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
My first solo competition.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Slow and steady will get you to the end faster.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Save yourselves!!!! haha, just kidding. Practice, Practice, Slow Down, Repeat.

ppyper1
17-10-10, 01:36 AM
Galloway?? Hey neighbor!! :D

Piccadilly Piper
17-10-10, 01:09 PM
Yes Galloway. Utah Pipe Band is a great neighbor.

Heed
17-10-10, 03:13 PM
Welcome!

bigbadpiper
17-10-10, 09:16 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Kilsyth Thistle

2. How many years experience do you have?
First year of playing with a competing band

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
have always wanted to play the pipes,stopping drinking i had lots of time on my hands and used the time to learn to play the pipes

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
There has been many people who have all given me advice on how to improve my skills

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
None
7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To compete at all the Majors with the band next season.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Nope

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Practise,practise and practise....also take a break and dont get angry with yourself if you cant play a certain thing it will come good...........

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
dont give in even when you seem as though you have taken 3 steps back dont give in it is a joy to be able to play the highland bagpipe

Bigbadpiper

Heed
18-10-10, 09:47 AM
I'm in Larbert, not too far from yer band, at least. Well done. On everything!

xpdwheel
20-10-10, 08:32 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
I'm not with a band. Yet. :( When I lived in NY I was a member of The Emerald Society of Westchester County. Not the band though. My hope was to learn the pipes then but work always got in the way.

2. How many years experience do you have?
I just started a month ago.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
As a young boy of Irish heritage growing up in the New York metro. area I identified greatly with the bagpipers I saw during the many parades my family attended. I was drawn to the Police and Fire Department bands. As a lad I was in awe of these giant men in warrior garb, anyone of them could hold his own with John Wayne if he had to. Not only were they huge ,fierce warriors, they played an instrument that even as a boy would bring tears to my eyes. I always marveled at that. How does a bagpipe stir such emotion?

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
I'm learning just now. Donna Willy... calm, understanding, instructor

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
No one in my family belongs to a band.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
None yet but hopeful.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
I look forward to playing well as a soloist. I also would like to play with other pipers and greet our country's hero's coming home from war.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
At this stage everything I do is embarrassing.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
I'm told to practice well, and practice often.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
No, I'm just happy to be learning the bagpipe... finally.

Thank's for the opportunity to say hello. John

doc10
22-10-10, 03:34 AM
good luck with your piping journey:can::bgt:

MacLeodwannabe
27-10-10, 06:44 PM
First, Hello ! I'm glad I've found this forum.

1. What band are you currently playing with?
Used to be when I was in school non, yet

2. How many years experience do you have?
a lot

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My uncle

4. Who taught you to pipe?
A crazy and genious fellow.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with piping?
No

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
lol we never won. Always 2nd.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Be the best and enjoy

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Yes a lot :arr:

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
relax

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Enjoy the music

doc10
28-10-10, 12:28 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
RCMP pipes and drums
2. How many years experience do you have?
9 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
School had a P/D program , heard them play and really wanted to learn to play pipes There
4. Who taught you to pipe?
Arnie Stone, alastair briggs and Graham Burley
5. Are you the only one in your family involved with piping?
Yes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Never competed individually ,but hope to in the future, competed at gr 4 lvl with band , various placings.
7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Really would like to play gr.1 in the next few years and maybe someday play with SFU pipe band

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Oh yes

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Keep your ears open and listen to more experienced players , you never know what you could learn


10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Have an open mind and enjoy playing the music,
keep challenging yourself, for this is the way to continually improve
concentrated practicing daily practice is the single best way to improve

really awesome forum and excellent advice from everyone on here:bgt::bgt:

jessierose
28-10-10, 12:45 AM
You're with the Edmonton RCMP band then?

doc10
28-10-10, 12:47 AM
yes,, i am..

jessierose
28-10-10, 01:01 AM
:edm: :wink:

doc10
28-10-10, 01:06 AM
:edm::edm::edm::edm::bgt:

MacLeodwannabe
02-11-10, 07:07 PM
Lol a lots of oilers fans are here

jennykate
10-11-10, 05:04 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Oregon State Defense Force

2. How many years experience do you have?
nearly 2 years and they've been the best 2 years of my life!

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My husband. He'd wanted to learn for some time and never had the time. Once he finally started, it took me 6 months to follow...he wanted to attend a workshop with Bruce Gandy, but didn't want to go without me, so the week before I learned the 9 notes and off we went! (I already knew how to read music). Life hasn't been the same since!!!!

4. Who taught you to pipe?
Our P/M. He was my private instructor up until a month ago and now I go see Rob Barrick.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with piping?
Hubby

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Grand aggregate for Adult in Oregon Piper's Society last year...3rd in BCPA.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To be the best I can be; to get over the nerves of performing; a competition band someday

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Mostly just the terrible nerves that translates into a nice uillean pipe sound when playing solo

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Play slow

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Play slow and use the metronome!

jennykate
10-11-10, 03:25 PM
Could you ask Rob barrick if it's possible to get a copy of the original Full Shilling album?
I bought in on cassette years ago from Rob at the piping school in Couer D'Lane, and have been searching for a long time for a new copy.
Thanks for the "interview"!

You bet! I'll get back to you...

jennykate
11-11-10, 03:16 AM
He says it is out of print, but he is looking to re-issuing it soon! I wont mention his comment that mentioned the word "old" since I don't know you.... :bolt:

He says feel free to get ahold of him directly. Here's his web address and there's an email link on the page.

http://www.barbarrickmusic.com/recordings.html

cmccloskey56
18-11-10, 05:30 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Na Fianna Irish Pipe Band (not graded)

2. How many years experience do you have?
less than a year

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I've been in the Irish world forever and saw a post recruiting new band members.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Still working on that... (drumming)

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My nephews caught the bug from me but they are pipers.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Nothing so far - I'm not really competitive.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Just to be the best I can be

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Dropping my sticks, which is pretty common for beginners.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Persevere!

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Don't give up - you'll never get better that way.

kiltyfitzhaggis
25-11-10, 03:46 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Peconic Warpipes...... Long Island, NY
2. How many years experience do you have?
-1
3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I work as a Firefighter in the City of NY and heard the band play on Fifth Ave on St Pats day. They looked like they were going to war! I loved the sound and wanted to be a part of bagpipe history.
4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Joe Saunders, Instructor
5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
yes
6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
None yet, but I'm obsessed with learning so maybe in the future
7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
to compete
8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
not yet
9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
have fun
10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
never forget where ya came from

HAMISH
02-12-10, 02:48 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Lethbridge Legion Pipe Band, previously with Stonehaven in GR4 days.

2. How many years experience do you have?
If we're talking actual playing, about 8 yrs. If we include time that pipes were taken out about once a year, then 20 yrs.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Grandad used to play, & he got sick of us kids messing with his old PC, so we started to learn.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Robert Adams(Grandad), lots of others, & I guess I should put in here my big bro, Brian Elrick.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Grandad was piper, big bro is piper, & little bro is drummer( Oh the shame of it!)

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Memory shot. Too much beer tent. Is there such a thing?

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Have fun
8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Way too many to tell here
9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
See #6
10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Don't be in a hurry to be "the next best thing", there are way more fantastic people out there who aren't "Superstars". And above all HAVE FUN

Heed
02-12-10, 12:08 PM
I know yer bruv, Hamish, welcome aboard. Probs bump into u at sometime

piperpadre
06-01-11, 07:39 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

Chicago Stockyard Kilty Band.

2. How many years experience do you have?

I just got back into it a year ago after a 25 year hiatus.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

My childhood tutor told me that playing in a band helps a piper persevere.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?

Pipes: Mary Roach Fiore, Scott McCawley, and Willie Morrison (CoP).
Drums: Luke McCabe (I was only seven and graduated to the pipes- does that count?)

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

My brother used to be in a Chicago band - I just gave his 7 yr old son my old set in hopes that he would start up... we'll see...

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

My first time competing in Gr IV piobaireachd was last summer. 1st place. My only medal, alas...

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

Advance to Gr III this year.

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?

Bass drone reed fell into the bag at the strike in... at a funeral

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

"you should enjoy competition"

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

There's nothing like solo competition to make you improve in playing... and humility
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pipesofwar
25-01-11, 08:34 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
The Salt Lake Scots

2. How many years experience do you have?
20+

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I was born to pipe. I know it sounds funny but from age 2 I was fascinated by the sound of the pipes and by 4, I was telling my parents that I wanted to learn. Not so strange perhaps if your family plays, but I was the only one in my family to take them up. I have since married into a piping and drumming family, my wife plays tenor and the fiddle and my young kids are showing great interest.
My inspiration has always been piper James Richardson, vc. He is one of the subjects of my professional ventures and information can be found at pipesofwar.com

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
P/M Dennis McMaster, various prominent pipers at various clinics and workshops, etc..

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My wife is a tenor drummer and my children, though still too young right now, have expressed interest.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
In over 20 years there are too many to mention and enough to say that for me anymore, they don't matter... I've won solo, band, and led quartets to victories. I've competed in the Worlds and the various other meets in Scotland, competed in various venues in Canada, and still hit about 4 competitions a year. I stress less about it now. I'm more relaxed and am in it for the love of the music and the tradition. Still, it never hurts to win and know you're doing something right.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Continue to practice, improve, and share it with others. Right now, I am engaged in producing some piping related films and ancillary products that should bring more attention to what we do.

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?
Who hasn't?
I was playing a solo piece when suddenly I reached the end of the phrase and forgot the next part, so I repeated the same phrase thinking my fingers would remember and go on. Sadly they did not and I repeated the phrase again... I sat there playing the same phrase 3 or 4 times in a row... then hung my head and went into Scotland the Brave... 12 years ago and not a member of the band will ever let me live it down.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Listen to those with more experience than you, research all you can on your instrument, its history, its design, its maintenance, and how to make it sound good. The more you learn, the better you will be. In fact, combine all the knowledge you gain from your many sources and you'll become better than any one of them alone.


10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
While standing at the line... "OK, this is it! Blow Steady!!! Focus!!!! (said with fire and brimstone) Oh.. and have fun. (said as a quiet afterthought.)

Zipperhead
21-03-11, 04:04 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
None at this time

2. How many years experience do you have?
25 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
saw a piper at a banquet when I was 5. Asked my mom if I could learn the pipes. She said no. Never tell a 5 year old NO

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
1st instructor was Rob Cairns

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
So far, trying to get the nefews into it

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Won Champion Supreme for Agrigate Quartet in Alberta in 2005.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Had a little accident last time I was overseas and haven't been playing for 3 years. I've now got the movement back in my right hand and I'm looking forward to getting back on the pipes.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Competed in Scotland in 1995 (Ish) with a band that just wanted to drink.
41st place finish in grade 4 at Cowell. Had lots of fun though (from what I can remember)

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
It doesn't have to be so hard you sh** your self to sound good

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Incoming rounds have the right of way!

mrsnickevo2rs
31-03-11, 04:20 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
I am not in a band now but used to play in the Sutehrland Schools Pipe Band in Highlands Scotland.

2. How many years experience do you have?
over 20 years.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I was 13 and fancied a boy in the band so decided to take it up, lol but lost interest in the boy after a few weeks as I was getting into playing pipes more lol kids lol

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Pipe Major George R Stewart in Golspie Sutherland Scotland.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
I played in many contests when I was younger

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To learn more tunes

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
No

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Enjoy it while you can!!!!

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Be confident of yourself and what you can do. If you make a mistake it is not a problem as mistakes are a good way to learn from. The harder you try the better you get!!!

Athair
31-03-11, 06:30 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Cameron Donegall Pipes

2. How many years experience do you have?
10 years.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My father who insisted one of his kids would be a piper - turns out it is me

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
P/M Lewis Yeager

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Play for myself - haven't competed

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Aiming for Grade II

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Yes - my reed decided to crap out in the middle of a friend's father's funeral

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Get the embellishments down first before you speed up a tune

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Have a great time learning - keep up your practice!

PiperJon2000
01-04-11, 04:48 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Not currently in a band (hope that's okay!), but used to play with the Arkansas College Pipes and Drums in the 1980s. They are now the Lyon College Pipes and Drums, follwing the school's name change.

2. How many years experience do you have?
I started playing in 1985, have taken a 10 year hiatus due to medical issues. Now returning to the music of my soul.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I walked up to a guy wearing a plaid skirt and squeezing this weird thing, and asked him "what the heck is that thing?" Donald McBride said "Ooch, that's the bagpipes, ya wanna learn?" I said I did, he got me on scholarship, and the world has never sounded the same.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Several had tried, all but one failed. The one who succeeded was Mark Ryan, now of an Alaskan tribe.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
I'm the only one. They rejoice for that fact.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
In 1989 I won the aggregate award for solo piper, Grade IV, Arkansas College Highland Festival.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To once again become not-terrible on the pipes, and to play in public without (much) fear.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Founders Day convocation, 1985, Arkansas College. Piping in the entire Board of Trustees, the college president, the faculty, after marching in, in front of the entire student body: My kilt went south.


9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Mark Ryan drilled it into my head: "Slow and under control." And don't try to warm up your pipes with 6 other pipers and three other drummers in a gymnasium. With a horrible hang over.


10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Once in a while, go out to a quiet area, maybe near a small lake, as the sun sets on a warm soft afternoon. Strike in, get it all settled, and just revel in playing slow sweet tunes, maybe hymns, laments. The piobaireachd. Play into the sun. Smell the scents of the dwindling heat of the day. Listen. Feel that droning vibration in your chest, and the tickle in the ears as if you've never experienced it before. Rejoice. Taste the echoes from surrounding trees, or rocks, or the water. Finish as the sun sets, and listen to the sweetened silence that follows, watch the colors around you go grey as the gloom settles on your shoulders. Breathe. Return home in silence with that smile that only you can understand. Repeat as needed.

HUMFERY
07-04-11, 09:32 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
City Of Regina Pipe Band

2. How many years experience do you have?
Knowing how to play 17yrs, actually playing about 11yrs

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My Grandfather inspired all of us grandchildren to play in a band

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
John Macdonald (Toronto), Gail Brown, Sean McKeown

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Nope, 4 cousins that play as well.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
God do I really have to remember that far??????Most solo awards in Ontario that are amateur at the highland games and indoor branches.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Just to make the band on a Saturday afternoon. And start playing solos again.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
I seasoned my bag the night before the games and the next morning I pulled my pipes out to start warming up and there was excess seasoning on my drones reeds.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Ummmmm yes lots, ask lots of questions, experiment with your pipes, don't get an ego, and hangovers and bagpipes don't mix well.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Try and play every day, even if you only got 30 minutes, get those horns a roaring.Try and blow right through your reed and not just on the cusp of sounding the chanter.

Oh and 1 more thing, never go to the beer tent and lay your pipes on a table, they could grow legs and walk away on you. (It happens to the best of us)

4688
12-04-11, 01:43 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Ringwood Returned Services League Pipes & Drums.

2. How many years experience do you have?
I have been around pipe bands all my life, I started playing at 10(1984) my first band was the Rats of Tobruk Memorial Pipes & Drums, Then I joined the Australian army 1992 and played in the 5/6 Bn Royal Victoria Regiment & 5/7 Bn Royal Australian Regiment while I was in the Australian army I did an attachment to the 1st Bn Gordon Highlanders. I left the Australian army joined the British army Scots Guards where I played with the Pipes & Drums, Corps of Drums and as the duty drummer at ATR Pirbrbght.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
As I said I have been around bands all my life, Mum is a piper & drummer & Dad is a drummer & Drum Major. So it has just always been there.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
I have had sticks in my hands since I was born theres even a photo of me in a pram with a drum stick as a toy. I have had a lot of teachers/instructors in my time, but two who influenced me the most are Alec Mcphedran(late of the Victorian Scottish Regiment) and Murray Brissett(Formerly of the 3rd Bn Royal Australia Regiment) and numerous others.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes Mum, Dad, Sister & Uncle.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
A few years over the years, Best student on several army drummers & buglers courses.
1st in an open mini band/trios comp(I played with one piper & a bass drummer) two weeks ago.
I have just started playing again after a 10 year break.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To have as much fun as I can and play to the highest standard that I can.


8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
I had a Legato side drum hook break on a stage playing at a concert. The drum just missed my feet and smashed into 1,000 pieces, then I had to stand at attention for the rest of the concert with the DM & PM glaring at me.


9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Have fun, You never stop learning.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Enjoy yourself, strive to be your best but remember you do it because its fun!

4688
28-04-11, 04:01 AM
Just an ADD- I have been made Drum Major of Ringwood RSL P's&D's.
Lookout world!:dm:

Andy H
15-05-11, 07:08 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
None at present

2. How many years experience do you have?
43

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My dad and grandad.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Grandad on chanter, tutor "Charlie"Stuart ex Argyles, PM Alan Watters ex 2nd Bat The Blackwatch.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
One brother and several cousins still playing.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
About a dozen mainly local competitions at school, we won the South African band championships 1975.
7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Continue to improve and mentor new pipers.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Played wrong medley for an audition.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Always make time to help the learners.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
No matter how good an individual player you are, in the band you are a team player.

Alan
15-05-11, 07:41 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

Pryde of East Lothian (4A)

2. How many years experience do you have?

5 years on side, 2 years on tenor.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

A friend got me to go to our local bands practice where I started learning side. In 2009 I saw Dowco Triumph Street play at our local competition and their style interested me so I started learning tenor at the end of the season.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?

Derek Easton for side drum, self taught for tenor drum.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

My Dad is a bass drummer in another band which does mostly community events, my sister is also a tenor drummer in Pryde of East Lothian.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

None... yet.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

For just now I'd like to have 5 tenor drummers, each with different tones. Flourishing is also important to me so I would like to have a nice-sounding, and a good to look at midsection!

For the future I'd like to move up to a grade 1 band and perhaps be with them when they become world champions, that would be perfect for me!

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?

Not out at an event or a competition. Had on of my strings come undone whilst at a band practice, the stick flew backwards smacking a drummer in the face. It was laughed off eventually!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

Don't go out expecting to win, go out to have a good time.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

Don't be afraid to push the boat out and try something different, make a name for yourself!

mrsjones
26-05-11, 09:50 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
The Bergen Pipe Band

2. How many years experience do you have?
Five and a bit fabulous years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
A fundamental love for Scotland and everything Scottish, I suppose! Actually living there for a year, thus having the chance to learn, was the best!

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
I met my first practice chanter teacher Arne Flett during an exchange programme to Orkney, Scotland. He sadly passed away last week. He had me for chanter lessons and massive dinners every Friday afternoon, and got me playing Scotland the Brave before I headed back to Norway, where I met Chris Jones (who would later become my husband), Pipe Major in The Bergen Pipe Band. He continued teaching me, and is still my piping instructor.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
HAH! I was. Now though, I've got a husband on pipes, sister on pipes, mother on practice chanter, brother on snare, and father on bass drum! Yep... Strange.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
None! Yet.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Being the best piper I can be, to spread fun and joy and music to people.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Puffing and panting through a whole gig, only after realizing my drone reed's fallen out...

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Let me think about that one for a bit...

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
ENJOY your piping. Have fun. Be positive. ALWAYS. Piping can be hell otherwise........

:muffin:

Sean27
08-07-11, 06:54 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg Grade 2

2. How many years experience do you have?
12 years this september

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I was a hockey player, busted my knee up when I was 14. Wanted to learn bagpipes but was told by the PM of Transcona I was to old to learn. Mr. Cooper took me into the drum corp because I had previous musical knowledge and here I am today!

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
D/S Bob Cooper taught me from the start. I learned from him in the Transcona Pipe Band Program until I was 18 then I played for Bob for a few years at St. Andrew's. When Bob stepped down as Lead I played under Roland Reid for a few years, and also learned a ton from Rob Gardner, Lee Bowman, Dave Bowman, Reid Maxwell, Graham Brown, and perhaps the most I've learned was from John Fisher over the past number of years.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
The pipe band is my family :)

Seriously though, my baby sister is a piper in our grade 2 corp, my future brother in-law plays in my drum corp, and my mother is the secretary of the PPBAM. So we're pretty deep in it :)

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Well we get around as a band. Probably my favorite achievement was the 7th place drumming mark at the Worlds in grade 2 last year. Or the 1st in the Qualifier when I was lead of the grade 4 band. I try to focus on band achievements over my solos.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
I'd like to qualify this year at the worlds... that's goal one... then after that if we could improve our placing from last year I'd be a smiling duck.

I've always wanted to see the inside of the grade 1 circle at the Worlds. So I'm keeping that on my plate for the future.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
My first year of leading a corp I bet the girls in the corp that if we won our first contest I'd wear high heels at the final local contest of the season.... I should've written harder scores......

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Ya Jake Watson (Peel Regional Police) recently told me to take some time and step back and listen to what you've accomplished. As a leader, it's very easy to get caught in the nit picky details...

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Be true to yourself, but open to others. Until you hold the Jubilee trophy on your mantel, and the sash on your bed post, there's always someone out there to learn from.

scanners
12-07-11, 05:11 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

City of Plymouth Pipes and Drums

2. How many years experience do you have?

about 35 in total (with a break of 25)

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

I took the drumming badge in the boys brigade and it was a natural progression from the bugle band I started in.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?

I started with a guy call jimmy mills . But later I had a bit of tuition from Bob Montgomery of the Edinburgh city police pipe band.
5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
I am.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

Back in the 1960s the grade 2 band i played in won a fair ammount of competitions in scotland and topped by a first in the worlds in Oban.
7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

I practice every day for at least 2 hours and teach little and hope to teach a novice to be better than myself.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?

nope

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

There's no quick way to being a good pipe band drummer but there is a sure way and that's to practice.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

everything comes to he who practices.

longrifle
10-08-11, 01:25 PM
1. What band are you currently with
None at present.

2. How many years experience
Bit of a late starter so only about 6 years

3. Who inspired you to play.
No-one really I saw an advert for learners in a local paper

4. Who taught you to play.
I learnt a bit with Tullentrain and most with the old Maiden City band

5. Aims - goals
My current job means working weekends, but if I had a chance I would like to play in a band in contests

6. Any embarrassing things happen when playing.
We were playing in Southport a few years back and almost got arrested as no one had cleared it for us to play.

7. Best advice I got.
Practise and then when you have some spare time practise some more.

8. My best advcie.
see number 7.

Flow1981
27-09-11, 04:16 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

The First Leiblach Valley Pipes and Drums

2. How many years experience do you have?

With breaks about 7 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Pipe Band and of course, videos of TyFry


4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?

Some Guy in the Band, later i was able to spend a week playing Tenor with Tyler


5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

Yes.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

Smiles and Applause....

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

i want to become the best Tenor Drummer in our Band

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?

Not yet, luckily.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

nope.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

Listen to those with more experience than you

bogglin66
18-10-11, 04:00 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

Pembroke Legion Volunteer band

2. How many years experience do you have?

25

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

as a child, listening to the piper at the border of NS and NB I though, wow, I really would like to be able to play like that, so I did.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?

P/M Hughie Briand

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

Yes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

applause and free shots of scotch.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

to learn more tunes from my home province of NS.

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?

wiped out piping curlers on the ice during a bonspiel.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

practice, practice, practice.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

Never give up and pay attention to the experienced pipers and drummers in your band.

JB on the Rocks
06-01-12, 06:51 PM
1. Have been playing with Branch 23 Legion North Bay Ontario band for 32years.

2. Have been playing for 35 years.

3.I was always impressed by the "kilteys" as a child and being musically inclined I took the instrument up, when I retired from playing in a lounge band.

5. My brother & father have been involved with pipe bands in the past, but at present I am the only one still playing.

6. I have never competed.
7. My ambition is to clean up my embellishments and continue learning competition standard scores.

8. I have had too many embarrassing moments to articulate.

9. Worthwhile advice. Seek mentoring from your superiors.Be humble and don't offend other players. Only play to the level that embellishments are clean and don't burn bridges with others in the business!
10. Focus on the musical aspect of the instrument rather than the experience of parading. Maintain your pipes.

Michael Simone
13-02-12, 05:21 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

N/A-Seems strange given that I've joined this forum.

2. How many years experience do you have?

About 2 years-I'm a real newbie.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

N/A

Nate Green was my very strict tutor; he learned from Scott Walker and took me through 'Rythmic Fingerwork.'

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

N/A

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

N/A

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

I'm an elbow piper; I play the SSPs and have never really played mouth blown pipes except for a week or so when I had some kitchen pipes I was playing earlier on. I must say, mouth blown pipes are much easier, not for one whit minimizing the years it takes to master both. But my strict GHP tutor taught me great fingering discipline which has served me well despite the very different border piping repertoire and style.

My pipes are Nate Banton...stunningly good pipes. In A though he's making me a C and a D, plus a border pipe (conical) chanter for the same set. 4 drone in sonokeling and camarillo.

BUT, I did just buy used sticks and stocks for a Kron non-heritage GHP set. Just refinished them this weekend and they look stunning. Am taking the blowpipe to the machine shop to widen the bore today.

Since I'll be playing with other instruments I'm having Mike MacHarg make me an A440 chanter w/ reed and will be using the long Kinnaird carbon fiber reeds to get those drones down...I hope. (He said Rockets are best...if you could ever get them.) I think from what Charles Kron told me, this set is more amenable to lower drone tuning by nature.

I'll be tying into a kangaroo bag and use a Beck valve since I'm not particularly salavic. I dislike the feel of synthetic bags a lot and the slipperiness of the cover on them. I love the feel of leather...absolutely love it.

I'd look for any advice you experienced pipers might have, though I have already gotten a lot on building this set so not too much, please!

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?

I generally tense up a bit when playing publicly, not that I'm really ready to. I have some performance anxiety...except when I'm in bed with my wife.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

Gary West told me a while back in a SP workshop it would take about 1-3 mos to get the rhythm and comfort with the bellows and 2 years before it's second nature. I've been on them about 9 months and so far he's right. But I do love the bellows. The best advice from this neophyte piper: start young. I started at age 57 and wish I'd started at 7 like some of you veterans.

And, get yourself a good set of SPs and start learning the bellows. You can still play in a band...just a different type!. And, use a manometer on one of your drones to keep that bellows bag pressure at 13-14" (generally, though makers differ); that will really cut the learning curve and I wish I'd done it when I first picked up the bellows.

But for you GHPipers (probably most of you!) the added advantage is that you can practice in your house for a long time. Now that I'm comfortable and relaxed I never use a PC anymore. I can play and practice for 90 minutes on the bellows SP (with or without the drones on, though probably less than that with 3 drones on). I could never practice that long with a PC! Maybe I'm weird, though.


10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

Who me? I need some advice from them! Seriously: Start young. And if you want to learn golf, start young with that as well!

Michael Simone
Harleysville, PA

"The power of accurate observation is often called 'cynicism' by those who have not got it." G.B. Shaw

Phil
16-03-12, 07:44 PM
Hi everyone,
My nick name's Phil as my first name is Philip, nothing more than that!
I am from british origins but born in France.
As it is my first post I hope you will excuse if I don't reply in the order to the previous questions.

I am a solo piper, passionate by old pipes and their sounds and began piping in 2005; this was really an old dream and I am glad to have succeeded in realizing it.
I got two sets of 1890s pipes and waiting for another one, I would say the ultimate one in a month or so.
I play in 440 Hz with old chanters.

longrifle
16-03-12, 09:14 PM
Hi everyone,
My nick name's Phil as my first name is Philip, nothing more than that!


Well, you can't say its not original. Welcome.

Phil
17-03-12, 12:49 PM
Oooops! I am so sorry I just realize your forum is dedicated to pipe bands...may be I should resign my membership as I don't want to bother you with my solo pipes considerations?:scarl:
Don't want to troll your site, sorry again!

rpeitzsch
17-03-12, 03:57 PM
No need, we also have soloists on this forum. So feel free to jump in! :bg:

Phil
17-03-12, 05:20 PM
Thanks a lot!

spins
10-04-12, 06:13 PM
Edited due to banana fingers: not good in a piper (to be).

1. What band are you currently playing with?
Hoping to play with City of Norwich Pipe Band

2. How many years experience do you have?
45 wishing i'd started when I was younger. 1 year as probationer, just started on big pipes, 2 young children etc not enough time to practice, (is there ever)!

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Hearing and seeing lone piper on batlements at Edinburgh Tattoo in 1970.

4. Who taught you to pipe?
This is work in progress! Many kind members of band have had input so it would be unfair to single anyone out for blame!

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yep, tho' No1 son has expressed interest, he's 11, better get him joined up...

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
No Awards (yet), though plenty of comments. Some of them repeatable but not many.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Play in the band, in public.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Owning up to not being musical, not able to read music, and worst of all leaving it so long before doing anything about it.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
If it sounds OK to you, get someone to tell you the truth, then go and practice it again and again and again. Never accept: "That will do."

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
That will do, won't do.

Slaintje!

celticpiping
11-04-12, 01:40 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
None

2. How many years experience do you have?
Formal/trained years? 0


3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Unsure if I'm band-bound, but if so, it's just the pipes
they're...the Great Highland Bagpipe

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
I'm current;y arranging for some lessons

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
n/a

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
n/a

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Unsure exactly...but a band sounds interesting..
Recording, solo piping for events

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
not yet


9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
n/a

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
n/a

btw: the name celtic piping comes from the Uilleann habit....not b/c I think I'm a
instant piper

carfix2000ca
19-04-12, 02:28 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Chatham-Kent Police Gr 5

2. How many years experience do you have?
Formal/trained years?
10 years of lessons and 44 years in total

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Learned as a kid and was in the pipe band with my parents. Took a hiatus for a while then started up agao and competed solo, the joined another band, now this one.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
John A Campbell, Ridgetown ontario (Gord Tucks first teacher) and Harvey Jeffery Chatham Ontario

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes
6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Grade 3 and 4 medals, placed second place in Ontario in Grade 4

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Keep playing and hopefully find some students

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
not yet


9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
n/a

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Practice slow and lift your fingers high
__________________

sidedrummer86
29-04-12, 05:58 PM
Members' interview


1. What band are you currently playing with?
Black Thistle, NW England

2. How many years experience do you have?
3, started when i was 23

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
my famuily used to be involved in Warringtin Juvenile pb

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Vincent Walsh, Alex Dutharts books, T/G Brown books

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
my auntie plays pipes, my sister plays pipes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
1st at intermediate level solo win 4 part 6/8 rspba nw branch

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
i hope to play with the same band and help them do well and become recognised

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
stopped playing alltogether for 4 bars during the 2/4 march intermediate and
played up to the up to the open solo h/p and jig and 2/4 march and made an absolute abortion of it, i put it down to my knees knocking with nerves. i live to fight another day


9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
just a tap and a roll

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
practice makes perfect

JessJEFFREY
03-05-12, 12:55 PM
1. I play the side and tenor drum with Manchester Pheonix Pipe Band. NW England.

2. I began learning the pipes, but then decided to become a drummer whilst playing with the army cadets, aprox three/four years ago.

3.I was always interested in pipebands and when I took part in various parades in france with blackwatch army cadet force pipe band, I decided I wanted to learn.

4. I was originally taught by Jennifer hardman, various instructors in the army cadets up in Scotland and currently Bob Doyle.

5. I'm the only one within my family who's part of a pipeband, however my ten year old brother plays a great 2/4

6. I'm currently just getting to grips with competing. My band have recently just won the rspba/nw branch cup. Very excited for the outdoor competition season.

7. My ambition is to continue to enjoy what I'm doing and to learn as much as I can to help my band move up through the grades.

8. I have had a couple of embarrassing moments, one of my worse being when I was taking partin a parade through inverness and I dropped my stick :/

9. N.a

Heed
04-05-12, 09:42 AM
Jess, we probably met, or at least crossed paths.

Were you with Owen Nash? I was P/M of both Scotland and Northern Ireland Air Cadets and Glasgow and Lanarkshire ACF.

Was at Inverness a few times.

JessJEFFREY
05-05-12, 11:56 AM
Jess, we probably met, or at least crossed paths.

Were you with Owen Nash? I was P/M of both Scotland and Northern Ireland Air Cadets and Glasgow and Lanarkshire ACF.

Was at Inverness a few times.
I was indeed with Owen Nash, I went up to inverness several times, I miss it a fair bit as well! I had some amazing times there, what year did you go?

Heed
05-05-12, 10:49 PM
Last taught there 2010, think it was 2007/8 before that.

JessJEFFREY
06-05-12, 03:31 PM
I was a member of staff in 2010 and assisted the DG's in teaching the beginner drummers :) it was an amazing year that Inverness :)

blootoon
13-05-12, 09:48 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Peterhead & District Pipe Band

2. How many years experience do you have?
Formal/trained years? 3-4 on and off

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Just wanted to be in a Pipeband/ Alex Duthart/ We formed our own

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
It's a long story

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Wife: Tenor, Son: Pipes, Daughter: Tenor Son: Tenor/Bass

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
None

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Learn to play the drum's properly

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Give me time

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
It will be hard work but it will be worth it

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Practice, Practice, Practice

psa2570
15-05-12, 02:19 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
City of Plymouth Pipe band, Devon, UK.

2. How many years experience do you have?
2 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Always wanted to try it, never had the bottle until turned 40.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Tom Caldwell at City of Plymouth.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
None.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To be competent/confident enough to play solo in public without sounding a complete arse.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
not yet, but the year is still young ......

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Buy the best quality you can afford, don't waste your money on cheaper "paki-pipes".

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Practise those embellishments, no matter how boring it may be; your tunes/playing will sound all the better for it. We're not all blessed with Murray Henderson style ability but we can be the best we can if we're diligent.

jwright
22-05-12, 03:12 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
We jsut started a pipes and drums band for our fire department. And when I say "just started", we have our first meeting tomorrow.

2. How many years experience do you have?
ZERO


3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
To honor those that have fallen and celebrate the accomplishments of the living.


4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
We will be getting instruction from other firefighters. Many of us attended a 2 day symposium and Travis Hill from NTCPD was kind enough to help me through my first hits on the drum.


5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes, I will be the first.


6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
I nominated myself for "Most Likely to Drop the Drum While Marching". I hope there is a trophy.


8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Yes, I was able to play in a mass band after the first day of instruction along with well over 150 other firefighters. I had my first drum solo when everyone stopped playing and I went BOOOONNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGG.


9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
"Try and hit the center"


10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
When everyone else stops playing.....stop with them.

PiperCPO
05-06-12, 06:52 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

Marion County Sheriff’s Pipes and Drums

2. How many years experience do you have?

This'll be my fifth year.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

All ways wanted to, never had the time to start in my career in the Navy. Parents bought me a practice chanter when I graduated from High School, wish I could have found an instructor when I was in the Navy

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?

P/M Jim Davidson Smith, P/M Naomi McLean, P/Sgt David Rogers and some online help from The Captain and some workshop time with Sandy Keith and Alasdair Gillies.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

Yes, my family loves that I play. Lucky to have a wife and two daughters that love the pipes!

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

Nothing . Thinking of trying to compete but having fun with the band and on my own.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

Realistically? To keep working so that I can be a respectable piper.

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?

Had a drone reed drop out into my bag just as I was to strike in for a small memorial day observance , luckily I was able to keep the bag full for the tune but was out of breath at the end of the tune. Friends said it sounded great but I had to work my tail off to do it :)!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

Practice something new slow and then build speed. Take your time and tune well, enjoy your playing, and have fun .

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

I don't have the experience to give advice!

Stingray
10-06-12, 11:06 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

Spirit of Discovery

2. How many years’ experience do you have?

This'll be my fourth year.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

Never really thought about it when I first started to learn. the progress I have made since joining a band has been great.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?

Harry Ellis, Bruce Erskine, David Mann

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

Yes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

Not experienced enough yet

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

Keep up the practice and be the best I can.

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?

I am sure this is very common. I was piping the bride and groom in and hit the top of the door frame with my bass drone. it knocked the drone well out of tune thankfully no one really noticed.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

Keep it slow and clear, practice makes perfect.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

follow the seven P's and you will be fine :)

pipersandy
26-07-12, 11:46 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Dumbarton & District NJ.

2. How many years experience do you have?
30'ish

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My Scout leader introduced me to the pipes and then arranged for me and the others he was teaching to play in the local BB pipe band. I then came under the instruction of Bob Deuchar, Roy Smith and George Turner who were the driving force behind the Denny and Dunipace Pipe Band that went up through the grades from IV to I.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Bob Deuchar, Roy Smith and George Turner for the most part although Jim Campbell was a major influence at RSPBA Summer Schools. I was away from piping for a while and when I got back into it Paul Warren was my P/M.....from him I learned bandcraft.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My brother is a piper and I am pleased to say that my son is too.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Seconds, thirds and so-on as a solo player in my youth. Won the Worlds in Grade 3A with Denny and Dunipace in 2006.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To turn my wee NJ band into prize winners.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
In my first year as P/M I had tape slip on my chanter during a competition and had to stop sounding my chanter, rip the tape off and continue........needless to say the judge had some comments to make!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Practise, practise and practise..........the right stuff!

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Practise and enjoy!

Heed
27-07-12, 09:21 AM
Welcome, D/S.

crash
06-09-12, 09:54 PM
Hi folks it's about time I jumped in. I'm crash. I work in a chemical plant which includes being on the fire crew. At 54 I'm trying to learn to play the pipes. I have just purchased a beautiful set of 1960's Hardies.

1. What band are you currently playing with?
Not exactly playing yet but taking lessons from the Brockville Pipes and Drums

2. How many years experience do you have?
Started lessons in January 2012

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
It was pipes or train for the heavy events. My instructor is a old friend and co-worker and he invited/challenged me to come out to practice. Glad he did.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Malcolm Clarke

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
As far as I know.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
A little early yet.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
I want to play well.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Besides my playing? lol

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Slow and steady.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
The younger you are when you start the better, I think. Having said that at 54 I'm hoping that it's never too late to try.

TnTJ
10-10-12, 06:08 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
None....yet

2. How many years experience do you have?
n/a

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
This question is actually applicable. Have always had an interest but until serendipitous circumstances following my father's funeral with an outstanding piper- I had always found a reason to put it off. Now I have the means and desire so, here I am.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Just starting so open to this forums' suggestion as to the availability of distance instruction for those of us in the sticks:tommy:

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
So far. Hope to inspire the kids to get involved someday.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
n/a
7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Love the tradition and authenticity of pipe bands. Hope to play with police/military bands eventually.

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?
Soon...very soon

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Who'll be the first?

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Post Nubia Sol

jessierose
10-10-12, 07:14 PM
Welcome! I've just sent you a private message. Shout if we can help you learn the ropes around here. :bg:

cave.al
19-10-12, 09:52 PM
Joined a few months ago, and haven't posted yet, so here:

1. What band are you currently playing with?
City of Blacktown, Australia.

2. How many years experience do you have?
Piping - 18ish, guitar - 15ish, keyboards - somewhere between those two...

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Like every six year old I wanted to be like my Pa.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Him at first, then he sent me to Frank Baillie. I ended up learning as much about scotch as I did about piping :D

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Obsolete question...

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
I aced a few learner chanter contests as a kid, then my placings got worse the less I practiced. I won a contest two years ago due to unfair grading, I think I owe someone a chanter (you know who you are).

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To top B Grade solo and not learn Pìobaireachd.

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?
No, I'm too resourceful.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Not about piping.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Work out your own commitment level, don't drag a contest band down if all you want to do is play Anzac Day. That only applies to Australians though, insert your nation's own memorial day in there...

Heather-McKenzie
21-10-12, 09:56 AM
A friend of mine just bought it to my attention that I havent posted in this thread (thanks cave.al :) )

1. What band are you currently playing with?
Hastings District Gathering of Mad Highland Maniacs Pipe Band (Hastings district pipe band) (the P/M) and St. Mary's Pipe band. and NSW Police Youth Band

2. How many years experience do you have?
3 and a half

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My bro and his teacher and FMM

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
My bro taught me my first tune, then Ian McMaster, then Brett Tidswell and now some little voice in the ack of my head that says 'repeat the second part of that tune and make it sound like its Stuart Liddel playing it this time, not some crippled spider)

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
nope, my bro is in my pipe band

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
A lot as a soloist, my band placed 10th overall in its first comp. this year (under a diferent P/M ...pretty fantastic result!

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To play at the worlds. To lead my band into a grade 3 competition and place. To get to grade 1 within the next 3 years so as to save my poor cat from listening to my less than grade 1 standard of playing at the moment

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?
Yes but I am not posting it here....bad luck!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Dont practice until you get it right...practice until you can't get it wrong.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
yeah, re-read number 9
:)
cheerio peeps

BristolPiper
07-01-13, 01:52 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
City of Bristol Pipes and Drums

2. How many years experience do you have?
1 year 3 months


3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My friends were in bands playing guitars or drums, so I thought I would see about learning an istrument...............the bagpipes came to mind and the rest as they say, is history.


4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Well, i'm still learning but the folks at City of Bristol and my lovely teacher Beryl are currently teaching me.


5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Nope, my brother is learning the snare drum with the band too.


6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Nothing!


8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Well, I haven't actually played in the band yet but i'll update this post when I balls up in my first gig!


9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Try not to learn 5 tunes at once and practice practice practice.


10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
For fellow beginers: Don't give up! It takes a long time but keep practicing and i'm sure you'll surprise yourself.

Basher
10-02-13, 01:03 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

Looking for an organised band of dedicated people without big ego's.

2. How many years experience do you have?

40 plus.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

As a 6 year old I saw a pipe band playing and was mesmerised by the music.

4. Who taught you to drum?

The first guy was Danny Shaw then Keiren Taylor. After that I went my own way for 40 odd years. Recently I have had a few lessons with Reid Maxwell who took me apart and rebuilt me into a fairly decent drummer. I am grateful for Reid's help and fantastic teaching method.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

Yes.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

I won the NZ 'C' grade national champs first time out in 1973 after only 8 months playing.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

To have fun without ego getting in the way.

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?

Bottom head split.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

Yes. It's only drumming after all. We are not brain surgeons, not saving mankind from destruction.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

Keep your ego out of the way. I am not impressed with any of that stuff. Grow up or go away.

dk3307
16-02-13, 06:23 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
None Yet

2. How many years experience do you have?
Little over a year, 3 months up on pipes

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Want to contribute to our Honor Guard, will join a Police band soon

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Joe Mone

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
None at all
7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Right now, to play for 20 minutes without getting lipped

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Not yet, tomorrow is another day though

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Don't get ahead of yourself, listen to your instructor

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Give me a few more years

sNi
10-06-13, 01:49 PM
Hereby my info....

1. What band are you currently playing with?
Ghent District Highlanders (Gr4)

2. How many years experience do you have?
about 3 years tenor, snare newbie

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Music in combination with scotland. :mrsreeves:

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Lieve(T) and Sara(LD) and also credits to Pascal, Philippe

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
yes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
if the people loves our music....

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Snare Competition in 2 ys.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
No, just 1 Tenor mallet who stagedived... but at the end of the day it returned to the rightfull owner. Thanks to the lady who brought it back.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Relax, have fun and relativize....

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Practise daily, speed will come with time, Relax, have fun and relativize....

Grtz

janelleTG
11-06-13, 04:51 AM
6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
if the people loves our music....
sNI, that's the best answer, to that question, I've read in a long time.



8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
No, just 1 Tenor mallet who stagedived... but at the end of the day it returned to the rightfull owner. Thanks to the lady who brought it back.


Oh yeah...I think we've all done that.

LiamMc
27-07-13, 05:12 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Hamilton Police- Grade 3

2. How many years experience do you have?
2 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I played the fiddle at the Hamilton international tattoo, and every time I was mesmerized by the pipes.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Jenn M(Hamilton police) and John Mccaffrey(Hamilton Police) have been my teachers since I started back in 2009. I am now being taught by Jenn and John, and Alec Rogers(78th frasers) every other week.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Only one solo award and that was 2nd for grade 5 march at the Antiginish Highland games.
7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you when you were playing?
I hadn't hemp'd my drones enough and when I struck up to play at my school, all my drones untuned :(

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
always play a tune that you can play with all the embellishments and don't rush!

Gene O'Cide Pipes
16-08-13, 07:08 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?

I've been banned from the only pipe band in my area because of my dissident political views.

With very little success, I have attempted to recruit and train pipers and drummers from within the dissident community to form a dissident pipe band.

By force of necessity, I am a soloist.

2. How many years experience do you have?

Almost exactly three years.

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?

I cannot fully answer this question without violating Rule #2, except to say that I am motivated to pipe as a means of expressing existential outrage in the face of genocide as defined by the United Nations Geneva Conventions.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?

I have two instructors. Out of respect for their privacy, I will not mention them by name.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?

Yes.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?

I competed for the first time last month in Grade 5 and did not place among the top six of twenty-five contestants.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?

To hear [my] forefolks, plaided in skins, towsy headed and terrible, grunting at the oars and snoring in the caves… where the white-haired sea-rovers are on the shore, and stain's on the edge of the tide, or trying [my] art on Laments… stand by the cairn of kings, ken the colour of Fingal's hair, and see the moon-glint on the hook of the Druids! - Neil Munro, The Lost Pibroch

8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?

Aside from getting off-track in the tune, no.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?

Pipe with your legs together to minimize the longterm possibility of eventual herniation.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?

Ask yourself daily why the Highlanders cared enough about their blood relations to weave its account into the fabric of their clothing? Ask yourself why that was outlawed? Ask yourself if a similar story, on a larger scale, isn't being re-played today?

If you feel that it is, channel that energy into your piping.

grizzly
01-09-13, 05:10 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
none

2. How many years experience do you have?
I've only started taking lessons this year

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My dad has been playing the pipe for a few years, and I wanted to learn the snare so I could play along

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
I have friends who marched for ASU and are helping me with the rudiments... other than that, I've been teaching myself and watching a lot of practice videos on the web

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
nope. Dad's been playing the pipe for a few years

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
none... yet.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
I just love the sound of pipes and drums... making good music is all i care about

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
not yet... but murphy does live in my family...

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
"you only need to practice on the days that you eat."

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
keep making great music!

canadianpiper19
15-09-13, 01:51 AM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
Simonds Lion Caledonian Pipe band (Grade 4)

2. How many years experience do you have?
11 months (I'm a beginner)

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Just the bagpipes in general
4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
My current instructor is John Robicheau
5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes
6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
N/A
7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To play in Competitions and Play at the Worlds
8. Have you had anything embarrassing happen to you while playing?
not that I can think of

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
:bananapiper: none for now

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Keep on Piping!

derekby
05-10-13, 03:19 PM
Hi, I'm Derek Bywater.

1. What band are you currently playing with?
Once I stop driving loads all over the country, I hope to make a visit to the Base Borden Pipes and Drums.

2. How many years experience do you have?
About 6+ years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
P/M Beth Cleaton after a strange chat in my kitchen about loving bagpipes and embracing my Scottish Heritage. All I wanted to do was play tenor because I couldn't read music. Thanks to Beth, I can now do both AND play Pipes!

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
P/S Beth Cleaton, Sean Cleaton, Alec Patterson, and many members of 413 Leonard Birchell Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Pipes and Drums.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My son is a side drummer (currently in college right now and paying attention to his studies) and my wife plays Tenor side.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
None, I too chicken to compete right now.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Become very proficient at the tunes I know and learn some more.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
My drones disassociated themselves from me during a parade!

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Kept most of this advice part in, it's only fitting to pass this on:
Don't get too big of an ego, don't become arrogant, , practice lots, and there's always someone better than you, and someone not so good as you.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
RELAX and just play what you can. WATCH the P/Ms (or the person across from you) fingers to stay on time, ENCOURAGE the "younger" players and take the ADVISE of "older" players.

Pheww!!!

derekby
05-10-13, 04:28 PM
WOW, after reading...most...of the interviews and posts here...I see a "who's who" of the piping world. Many intructor names I recognize and have actually learned from~~!!~~
:scot::Ceith:

grizzly
05-10-13, 08:55 PM
Hey Derek, Welcome!!!

Paul
19-10-13, 09:10 PM
Just thought I would stop by and introduce myself as I am a new member to PBF.My name is Paul but everyone can call me Wee Paulie


1. What band are you currently playing with?
Just a simple Legion band

2. How many years experience do you have?
27

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I saw a parade and fell in love with what I heard

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
P/M CWO.Terry Porter and Sub-Lt Monick taught me to play the pipes.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
No my brother plays Bass and swing tenor.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
I took 2nd at the local Scottish festival for advanced march.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Just to be the best I can be and take 1st at next years festival.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
No,knock on wood

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Practice,practice,practice and oh ya,Practice

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Don't get too big of an ego,There is always somebody better then you.

grizzly
20-10-13, 01:41 AM
Hi, Wee Paulie... :) good to have you!

Paul
27-10-13, 06:22 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome,Grizzly

Stickonfire
29-11-13, 05:31 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
The Caber Feidh Pipe Band based in Belgium.

2. How many years experience do you have?
16

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My father was looking for a drummer to play with him...
So he offered me sticks !

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Google.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
My father plays (well try to) the pipes.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
None, never been competing.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
I would like to push forward my little enterprise, called Billy The Kilt.
The first t-shirt store dedicated to piping and drumming.
In parallel I truly want to push forward my drumming skills in order to compete in a way or another.

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
I cannot smile !

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Music must stay a pleasure.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Music must stay a pleasure !

muhlach
21-02-14, 08:31 AM
Hello everybody. I think that the first thing i must do is to introduce me.My name is Javier and I´m from Spain.

1. What band are you currently playing with?
I´m playing in Camín de Fierro

2. How many years experience do you have?
8

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
One of my best friends

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Some teachers of the school in Asturias

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes
6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
We wan the AMAS award and also de RPA award(there are the most importants awards here in Asturias)

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Try to do the best, work hard and have nice time playing

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Not at the moment

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Practise some hours everyday

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Small things are done by small gays

Raghnall
21-02-14, 09:57 AM
Lol, gays?

muhlach
21-02-14, 11:15 AM
Lol, gays?

Upss i wanna say guys.....sorry for the mistake

rpeitzsch
21-02-14, 01:33 PM
Welcome!

grizzly
21-02-14, 05:15 PM
Welcome, muhlach!

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JMILNE
17-04-14, 11:57 PM
Hey guys, this is a chance to let us know a wee bit more about yourself, simply copy and paste this post to your reply, erase my answers, and answer the questions with your own personal answers.


1. What band are you currently playing with?
None yet hoping to get into one of the Fire Dept. bands here in Boston, Ma.

2. How many years experience do you have?
Ahhh...6 months..

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
My father who is Scottish turned me onto the Pipe and Drum's as a kid, Ive always been fascinated. After getting hired on the FD and seeing the brotherhood of the job and then seeing the Pipe Bands in funerals, gatherings etc. I made my mind up to to get a chanter and learn as much as I can.

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Tutor 1, College of Piping , Beginners Manual.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
I would be the first.

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
None yet.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
Just to be the best I can be

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
The way I sound when I play, lol.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Practice, practice, practice.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Practice, practice, practice

Drum Marshal
27-05-14, 04:21 AM
1. Knoxville Pipes & Drums; Drum Major and p/t Bass Drummer
U.S. Marshals Service Pipes & Drums; Drum Major

2. 4 years

3. My son started as Junior snare drummer 5 years ago and it gave us a chance to do something together.

4. Drum Major; David Ricklis, Jim Thompson & Kevin Conquest (by observation and video seminar) Jason Pagiuo (WinterStorm 2014), Steve McClure and YouTube.
Bass Drum; Reid Franks and my son

5. No, my son who started all this is and is now an Open Grade Snare and Grade IV Senior Piper. One of my daughters is now a Tenor and my wife is learning Pipes.

6. I have been fortunate enough to lead the USMS band during National Police Week Services at the National Law Enforcement Memorial and the U.S. Capitol, as well as during our agency Valor Award Ceremony. With my home band I've won 5 of the 6 Amateur Drum Major competitions I've entered.

7. I'm considering learning Snare, I'd would like to compete as a Drum Major outside the area my band normally travels and continue to find ways that I can help my band(s).

8. My first Drum Major competition when it came time to halt the march I turned 180*, as I normally would to face my band, instead of remaining facing the Judge. I knew halfway through my turn I'd messed up, but at that point decided I'd just keep going and act like everyone else was wrong. My attempt looked good, but was a miserable failure in swaying the Judge. I laugh at myself still over it.

9. As a Drum Major; to know music and consider the "show" you are giving the audience. As a Bass drummer; be firm, but gentle.

10. Practice, watch video, practice some more and if you have a question don't be afraid to ask sources that you trust.

rpeitzsch
27-05-14, 05:39 AM
Welcome!! And I grew up about 20 minutes from you in O.R.! At that time, there was no pipe band in the area and we had to drive to N.C. to play with a band.

Vikki
27-05-14, 06:08 PM
1. Knoxville Pipes & Drums; Drum Major and p/t Bass Drummer
U.S. Marshals Service Pipes & Drums; Drum Major

2. 4 years

3. My son started as Junior snare drummer 5 years ago and it gave us a chance to do something together.

4. Drum Major; David Ricklis, Jim Thompson & Kevin Conquest (by observation and video seminar) Jason Pagiuo (WinterStorm 2014), Steve McClure and YouTube.
Bass Drum; Reid Franks and my son

5. No, my son who started all this is and is now an Open Grade Snare and Grade IV Senior Piper. One of my daughters is now a Tenor and my wife is learning Pipes.

6. I have been fortunate enough to lead the USMS band during National Police Week Services at the National Law Enforcement Memorial and the U.S. Capitol, as well as during our agency Valor Award Ceremony. With my home band I've won 5 of the 6 Amateur Drum Major competitions I've entered.

7. I'm considering learning Snare, I'd would like to compete as a Drum Major outside the area my band normally travels and continue to find ways that I can help my band(s).

8. My first Drum Major competition when it came time to halt the march I turned 180*, as I normally would to face my band, instead of remaining facing the Judge. I knew halfway through my turn I'd messed up, but at that point decided I'd just keep going and act like everyone else was wrong. My attempt looked good, but was a miserable failure in swaying the Judge. I laugh at myself still over it.

9. As a Drum Major; to know music and consider the "show" you are giving the audience. As a Bass drummer; be firm, but gentle.

10. Practice, watch video, practice some more and if you have a question don't be afraid to ask sources that you trust.

Always nice to see another drum major on the forum :bg:

piper4570
29-06-14, 10:00 AM
1 Cameron of Lochiel pipes & drums
2 22 years
3 My Grandfather loved the pipes and listened to them when ever he could , and I liked spending time with him .I wish he had heard me play
4 A couple retired Pipe Majors from the band and I have attended some work shops
5 No one else in my family plays
6 Never competed
7 I want to improve and continue to enjoy my piping
8 Probably have blushed with the odd mistake
9 Practice!!!
10 Enjoy the music

ElRanchoHotTub
25-07-14, 06:58 PM
Hey guys, this is a chance to let us know a wee bit more about yourself, simply copy and paste this post to your reply, erase my answers, and answer the questions with your own personal answers.


1. What band are you currently playing with?
None

2. How many years experience do you have?
Drumming since '76, piping since '13

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
Granny

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
Besides watching and learning:
Bill Wendeborn & Robert White drums
Bill MacMurchy pipes

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yep

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
Criky...uh...firsts in Senior Amateur drumming from BC to CA back in the day. We'll see soon about the piping.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
learn piobaireachd

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Yeah, but nothing I want brought up here.

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
Don't take it too seriously. Have fun and ignore the idiots.

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Try to find your own contribution to the music.

canadianpiper19
07-08-14, 09:29 PM
1. What band are you currently playing with?
The Simonds Lions Caledonian Pipe Band (Grade 4)

2. How many years experience do you have?
about 2 years

3. Who/What inspired you to play in a pipe band?
I was in Army Cadets for 4 years. I was always proud to see the cadet pipe band play. I took a 3 week piping and drumming course and fell in love. Although I never played with them I tuned the entire band for their Gr 5 competition at the New Brunswick Highland Games

4. Who taught you to pipe/drum?
I was self taught for my first year, got nowhere with that. After I found out about my current band, I was taught by John Robicheau and then taken under the wing of the PM, Liam Freill.

5. Are you the only one in your family involved with a pipe band?
Yes

6. What awards (solo or band) have you won for your playing?
We Won 2nd place for March Set/Medley at two different games.

7. What are your future piping/drumming-related goals?
To play Grade 1 by the time I turn 25 ( Im 16 now)

8. Have you had anything embarassing happen to you while playing?
Played a solo with a soaked chanter reed and squacked through it all

9. Have you received worthwhile advice that you'd like to share?
1. Stay Humble
2. The Pipe Major is always right!
3. If you dont love it, dont do it

10. Do you have your own advice/words of wisdom for other pipers/drummers?
Stay Calm and Relaxed when competing. It will be a lot easier for you