Piping and Drumming Instructors Wanted/ Premier Florida Contest Update

Part time piping and drumming instructors are required for the Blairgowrie, Angus, schools area. The spec reads: ‘To develop a performance pipe band by delivering lessons in the Blairgowrie and District Community Schools area, running band practices, and organising performances.

‘The programme is managed by the Blairgowrie and District Schools Pipe Band Committee, which is a constituted voluntary organisation. The post-holder will report to the committee.

‘Lessons will take place in-person, at schools within the Blairgowrie and District area. Lessons wil consist of groups of 3-6 pupils, from Primary 6 and up.

‘Piping instructor will be required to work 1.5 school days per week, during school term time. Drumming instructor will be required to work 1 school day per week, during school term time.

‘Both instructors will teach one evening per week, as well as attend competitions and events as required.

The post-holder will be required to begin teaching on week commencing 22/08/22. Remuneration is £180 per day plus travel expenses, agreed in advance with the committee.

‘Instructors will be expected to recruit pupils, provide lessons in pairs or groups, online and in person, provide performance opportunities, develop a pipe band, support pupils to achieve SCQF PDQB and/or Curriculum for Excellence examinations. Closing date for applications 1 June 2022.’ 

Those interested should email their CV, contact details and a covering letter to Emma Harvey (Chairperson) at chairsspb@gmail.com.

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Sun Belt Contest

More details have been announced on the new ‘Sun Belt’ Invitational competition to be held in Florida on Saturday, November 12, 2022.

The venue is the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel and the invited pipers so far are: Nick Hudson, William McCallum, Ian K MacDonald, Glenn Brown, Bruce Gandy, Stuart Liddell, Calum Beaumont and Angus MacColl. Invitations will also be sent to the winner of the 2022 US’s Grandfather Mountain Games and this year’s winner of the All Ireland solo piping.

Competitors will play one piobaireachd from a submitted list of eight, plus a Medley incorporating a March, Strathspey and Reel. Judges will be members of the Piobaireachd Society.

The contest is registered as non-profit in the state of Florida and all proceeds will be used to further piping in the US.

Contest President Eric Stein said: ‘This will be a world-class competition and we are very grateful to all our sponsors, the Piobaireachd Society, the Feeley Foundation, RG Hardie, NHSCOT and the Royal Scottish Pipers’ Society. Their support places us in an excellent position to extend piping scholarships and help aspiring piping students.’

For more information contact Eric Stein on 631 241 5757 or email encriosgreine@gmail.com

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