Today we launch our new Drummer’s Call column for pipe band drummers of all persuasions: tenor, bass and side. The first article is a review of new drumsticks by Steven Creighton of the St Laurence O’Toole band.
The Piobaireachd Society has announced that their latest book in their celebrated series – Book 16 – will be officially launched at Piping Live! in August. It is scheduled for 12.00 noon on Wednesday 12 August. Excerpts from some of the tunes in the book will be played by promising piobaireachd players Ben Duncan, Darach Urquhart and Derek Midgley. Tunes include the Cave of Gold, Lord Berisdale’s Salute, Cluny MacPherson’s March, Hail to My Country and Glengarry’s Lament. The book will be reviewed in Piping Press and will be available from all good Highland supplies outlets.
The New England Piping Academy to be held at Adelynrood Retreat later this month will be sponsored by bagpipemakers David Naill & Company. Academy Principal Robert Wallace said: ‘The Academy is delighted that such a prestigious company has endorsed its teaching programme. We hope to attract other sponsors in the future.’
Saturday sees the UK Championships at Stormont Belfast, a superb venue in the grounds of the historic castle. Admission is free and there is limited parking. Call 028 9027 0260. Grade 1 starts at 2pm (though the gates are open from 8.30am). Here is the draw
14:00 St Laurence O’Toole – Eire
14:20 Inveraray and District
14:30 Peoples Ford – Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia
14:40 Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia
14:50 Vale of Atholl
15:00 Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band
15:10 Scottish Power
15:20 Field Marshal Montgomery
15:30 Denny and Dunipace Gleneagles
15:40 Police Scotland Fife
The draw for the other grades here.
The RSPBA have added a new class to their ‘Big Bang’ summer school. It’s for adults playing in Grade 4 for who are new to playing. Dates are August 4 -7. Other classes cover all levels of piping and drumming ability and are aimed at younger players. You can sign up here.