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pipes|drums is edited and published by Andrew Berthoff, professional solo piper since 1981, player in top Grade 1 bands for more than 15 years, an adjudicator with the Pipers And Pipe Band Society of Ontario and current chair of that organization’s Music Board.

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    Fri, 17 Oct 2014
    The 2015 World’s format is backwards. It’s hard to fault the organizers for having another go at the 2014 format: Friday only Grade 1 qualifying; Saturday is the Grade 1 Final and everything else. It’s an opportunity missed. But i …
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UPCOMING EVENTS October 25, 2014Central Virginia Celtic Festival & Highland GamesRichmond International Raceway, Richmond VA

October 31, 2014Tucson Celtic FestivalRillito Raceway Park, Tucson , AZ

November 8, 2014PPBSO AGM and GALABest Western Brant Park Inn, 19-Holiday Inn Drive, Brantford

November 15, 2014Angus Macdonald ChampionshipsLakeside, CA

November 21, 20142014 Balmoral ClassicPittsburgh, PA

TIP OF THE DAY
Tenor drummers: When composing rhythmical passages in a tenor drum score, don’t just think about replicating the accented phrases within the snare score, but give equal consideration towhat is happening in the melody. Question your composition. For example, if a triplet occurs in the snare score,check if that triplet exists in the melody. If not,ask yourself if there is any value to that triplet being incorporated into the tenor score. That’s just a short example, but applying that principle is a small step towards improving ensemble.
Scott Currie, SC Drumming, Uddingston, Scotland