In every society there is a festival where the societal norms are put away for the day; Hadaka Matsuri in Japan, La Tomatina in Spain, the Wicker Man etc. We in Kilbarchan Pipe Band have for the last few years had to endure the antics of James the Hat at the Fancy Dress Cèilidh. Continue reading Cross Dressing Night
The season ended for us on the 19th of August in Rothesay and we embarked on the dark ‘closed season’ when souls are searched and decisions are taken that will shape the following year. Since then we have been busy on the rudiments of piping, drumming and partying. Continue reading Changing Seasons
Even on days with no competitions I’m up early. Saturday morning finds me outside Pipe Band HQ, not quite sober from last night’s exertions and trying to focus on the man who is delivering our pig. Continue reading Alas! Poor Wilbur.
It’s hard to believe the amount of stuff we have crammed into the last four days; the amount of playing we have done, the amount of laughing, the amount of beer as food. I have not heard a cross word and although nerves are beginning to fray, civility and merciless slagging will see us through. Continue reading Le Dernier Jour
I don’t normally play at the AD&G Indoors, regular readers will be familiar with the variety and complexity of the lame excuses I have employed over the years. My season usually starts in July. Continue reading Sanquhar, firsts and thirds
Why is it always assumed I want to put up tents?
I’m here anyway putting up the Event Shelter and it all goes surprisingly smoothly until we decide (Isy decides) we need the wee gazebo over the decking. This isn’t one of your Pop-up, 30 second, shazaam, it’s done, jobs. An erection manual is required, very much required, as are four people to hold things and a supervisor. The whole thing is guyed down and secured using unpickable knots and we discover that the party is inside the pub anyway. Continue reading 2015 Barbeque
Last year I began chronicling the “goings on” of KPB as a way of letting those who could not accompany us to events keep abreast of the fun we have at the various fetes, galas, parades and competitions. I hoped to share a bit of the spirit that keeps us in the practice room and out in the pouring rain and thought only people associated with the band would read it. However I just got the yearly review and it appears we’re big in Japan and over 300 people have subscribed. In the grand publishing scheme of things this is nothing but the plan for world domination has not been shelved and 2015 should see a new crop of reports from across the competition arenas of Scotland.
We are working hard because the first competition is on March 28th, we once again attend the ADG Solos and Full Band Indoor at Sanquhar.
The day starts at 3pm, not 4 as most of you think. The Event Shelter won’t put itself up, although it would probably make a better job of it if it did, so four of us did a merry Quadrille carrying poles and pegs and bits and bobs. Then we had to sweep it out and fit the furniture, then position the Bouncy Castle and an endless list of gazebo erection and smelly candle installation. The Annual End of Season Barbeque has, after a few years wandering about car parks and peoples back doors, settled into the Glenleven Inn. Continue reading 2014 BBQ. Hey Sheila, throw another burger on the ground!
As the web sergeant has requested a post on the blog here goes:-
What is the difference between bagpipes and an onion?
Nobody cries when they cut up bagpipes.
How many pipers does it take to change a light bulb?
five, one to change it and four to criticise his fingering.
What is the difference between bagpipes and a trampoline?
You take your shoes off to jump on a trampoline.
Over to you huffers and puffers.
After the less than salubrious results and scathing comments of last season the leadership of the band have shown a determination to improve standards across the whole range of band activities. The tuiton has been tightened and focused, the learners now know what is expected. Playing members have not escaped the changes and a drive to perfect the basics is having a steady improvement on the sound of the band. No place for complacency thought as can be heard when older tunes are played and all the old habits come to the fore, sloppy embellishments, ragged rolls and a roundness to the tunes. There is still a lot of hard work to go before the start of the 2012 season of street performances and competitions but if it makes you better at something you love to do then that can’t be a bad thing.
The pipe section are getting to grips with technical problems on the instruments that should improve the consistency of the sound, make the PM’s job easier and make sure the pipers have no excuse for bad blowing.
The changes to the uniform will surprise some as it’s amazing the difference such small changes can make.
It’s March already so lets all get knuckled down and get practising.
Gourock in the rain this year? Cannae wait.