Piobaireachd Society Conference Returns After a Three Year Absence

The Piobaireachd Society has announced that their Annual Conference, until recently an important fixture in the piping calendar, will return in March next year for the first time since 2019. The Conference provides a forum for interesting and important studies on ceòl mòr. Planned topics are: The venue is the Royal George Hotel, Perth, over the weekend of March 24 – 26, 2023. The Society will subsidise the conference –…

Readers Respond to Competition 2/4 March Report: Judges Don’t Select New Music

A selection of the responses to yesterday’s article by Dale Brown on the paucity of modern 2/4 march compositions on the competition boards…. Vincent Janowski: There might be a touch of light coming into your cave, but, again, your post and this list of great tunes ignores the obvious: at one point, most of these tunes were considered ‘modern’. Without today’s easy access to printed books and scores, it must…

Statistics Prove the Lack of Modern 2/4 Marches in Today’s Competition Repertoire

In February this year I wrote the opinion piece on Piping Press about 2/4 march competitions had become stagnant in the music being played – same ol’ same ol’.  We lit a fuse under some people.  It was Vincent who thought I had been living in a cave for the past 30 years. (He was from New Jersey, that explains his attitude!)  Others took offence saying that there was an…

RSPBA Band Grading Appeals/ Drumming Instructor Job/ Jimmy McIntosh Scholarship/

Malcolm Brown-Scott, Music Board Convenor for the RSPBA, has announced the following changes in grading for Novice Juvenile and Juvenile bands: West Lothian Schools upgrading from Novice Juvenile A (NJA) to Juvenile – Appeal accepted, band will remain in NJA. Brisbane Boys’ College, Queensland, Australia (pictured) upgrading from G4A to G3B – Appeal accepted, band will move back to NJA.Edinburgh Academy upgrading from Novice Juvenile B (NJB) to NJA –…

Editor’s Notebook: Glasgow Skye/ Bobby’s Uniform/ Aberdeen Piping Club/ Bill Caudill/ New Books

That’s the spirit! In these gloomy times yesterday’s news that Glasgow Skye are back was just the lift the pipe band community needed. We’ve lost far too many bands over the years. Just look at the lists in Alistair Aitken’s article, also yesterday. Even in recent times we all know bands that have lost sponsorship or a pipe major or fallen out with the drum corps and bingo, they’re history….