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pipes|drums is independent and is not affiliated with any association and, as such, is the world’s only completely self-governing, organized piping publication. We don’t sell anything except subscriptions and advertising, and all funds are either plowed back into the publication or used for other good piping and/or drumming causes.

pipes|drums strives to provide news, reviews, and features of journalistic integrity and balance. Every news story attempts to provide relevant sides of the discussion, with the ultimate purpose of providing information while stimulating constructive dialogue.

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.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
November 20, 1971PPBSO approves official affiliation with SPBA; Iain Morrison wins Eagle Pipers competition, Edinburgh.
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UPCOMING EVENTS November 21, 20142014 Balmoral ClassicPittsburgh, PA

November 23, 2014Scotch Tasting Fundraiser14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey.

February 25, 2015Red Hot Chilli PipersThe Venue, Peterborough, Ontario

February 27, 2015MacKenzie Caledonian in Concert

TIP OF THE DAY
Remember, it’s a musical instrument.
Simon McKerrell, Edinburgh

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