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Old 18-03-12, 05:24 AM   #21
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I marched one parade (with green beaded eyelashes, not sure if you can see them in the pic or not??), came home and cooked corned beef and cabbage and the kiddos and I watched Darby O'Gill and the Little People. We all wore green and I'mstill wearing my Guinness t-shirt.

It was a quiet, yet enjoyable day.

BTW: Cameron, I didn't see hide nor hair of Galloway. What number were you? Now you have to tell me what your uniform change was.
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I marched one parade (with green beaded eyelashes, not sure if you can see them in the pic or not??), came home and cooked corned beef and cabbage and the kiddos and I watched Darby O'Gill and the Little People. We all wore green and I'mstill wearing my Guinness t-shirt.

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BTW: Cameron, I didn't see hide nor hair of Galloway. What number were you? Now you have to tell me what your uniform change was.
Jim found us. We were sponsored by the Utah Scottish Association this year so we were with them at like number 15. You probably did not recognize us we look different. The uniform change is minor but changes our look. We are in a new shirt and we pitched the windbreakers for military sweaters and we got the drummers out of the diced glengarries. Still in horsehair, spats and have the same kilts. I did not get any great pictures of us. I stole this one of off a local news station (KSL). I will see if someone got a picture of us this evening without the sweater.
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Old 18-03-12, 05:41 AM   #23
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Never liked diced glens. But I'm missing the tan shirts. I liked those. You went to white?
No wonder I didn't see you. You were probably done by the time we got there to tune. We were #69...*sighs and waits for the comments*
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The shirts are a very light green with dark green epaulettes. Sounds horrible, but looks great, especially with the Black Watch. My wife was home with the little one today so I did not have a personal photographer. I will try to dig up a photo of us without the sweaters.
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We did the 8 pub slog yesterday - my back is killing me (I seriously need to upgrade the band bass harness), my daughter said her shoulders hurt (tenor drummer), and we're doing nothing but lazing around today. We started at 3:30 pm and got home at 11:30 pm, that's a long day.
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Our band split into 3 groups and did 30 pub perfomances, 2 parties and a wedding. All in a 12 hour period. It was a long day, and I didn't get any corned beef and cabbage.
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We talked about splitting into small groups next year to cover more ground. Not sure we have the members to do that but we can try.
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Our band spent 8 hours serving chicken wings and playing music at the local Pool Hall. Only one other Pipe Band showed up in support, but a Blues Band, a Rock Band and a couple of girls with guitars also showed up to help. Final tally was almost $8,000, which should cover the new Drums. My job was tossing the wings. If I never see another chicken wing again it might be to soon.

This was my first gig with a band since I got hurt in 2007. It was nice to get back out there and play with a group. Solo piping may give you the spot light, but making music with friends is definately the way to go. I won't be competing grade 3 again in the near future, but I didn't embarass myself either. Hope everyone enjoyed St. Pattie's day as much as I did.
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[QUOTE=Piccadilly Piper;282153]We are in a new shirt and we pitched the windbreakers for military sweaters and we got the drummers out of the diced glengarries. Still in horsehair, spats and have the same kilts. [QUOTE]

We have horrid old green military jackets from the Vietnam era that were altered in the 70's that we still wear as our "formal" military look. Can't find them anymore and we really need to change. The drummers complained they couldn't play in them a couple yrs ago, so they get to wear the black military sweaters. NOT FAIR! I can't play in the thing either...fits horribly. Trying to convince them that changing the pipers to the sweaters is, at least, a cheap short term solution. But its not "formal" enough. Keep trying to ditch the horsehair and spats, too!!! Ain't working!!!!

For St Paddy's, I played at my first wedding and survived! Then the band did the pub crawl thing and I played PM...I kinda enjoyed that...
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Horsehair and spats are not so bad and they look great when everyone is in step. They just require more maintenance to keep them looking tip top. I get sick of hearing the PM saying "wash your spats" after every event. Would I like to get rid of them? You bet, but I am not high enough on the totem to make that big of a difference. I think there is a chance we end up making a change in the next couple of years.
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