Archive for November, 2005

Who wouldn’t want to join FMM?

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Scottish intelligence reports that, fresh from his Gold Medal win, American expat. Donald MacPhee moves from Scottish Power to join the Field-Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band. He joins a fair number of other Scottish pipers and drummers making the quick ferry ride to N.I. for greater glory. Scottish bands drawing players from North America, Irish bands [...]

Blowin’

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Much talk, discussion, heartache, and pipe band judge scribbling is spent over the simple issue of “blowing.” Many pipe majors and band pipers will complain that it is their band’s single biggest weakness when it comes to performance on the competition circle.

So what is it? And why can’t it be good all the time? Is [...]

New forum for pipe band drummers!

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Tom Foote has launched
pipebanddrumming, a forum space exclusively for the pipe band percussionist.

High time some of the better known drumming voices get heard without surrounding noise (and no, that surrounding noise is not the pipe corps!). The forum is boasting some “names” to lend authority to the material there, so it looks like it [...]

Piping from the past.

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

The University of California at Santa Barbara has embarked on an ambitious project to digitize collections of old wax cylinder recordings. Most are part of the first venture for recorded music started by one of the format’s inventor/developers, none other than Thomas A. Edison himself. Alas, the wax cylinder was the 8-track tape of its [...]

Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

The King of the Highland Pipers himself, John D. Burgess, gets a posthumous induction into the new Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame. John D. will be included with five other artists, including uilean piper Paddy Maloney of The Chieftains, in an induction ceremony in Edinburgh Dec. 3. In addition, the ceremony will also feature [...]