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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:
September 1, 1979Donald Bain of New Zealand wins 3rd Gold Medal for Piobaireachd at Braemar.
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    Mon, 25 Aug 2014
    Scoresheets or crit-sheets have never been a regular thing at UK solo piping competitions. I remember arriving at Montrose Games in 1983, an awestruck 19-year-old from St. Louis playing at the “senior” solo competition on a brilli …
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UPCOMING EVENTS September 4, 2014Longs Peak Scottish FestivalEstes Park, CO

September 6, 2014Peebles Highland GamesHaylodge Park, Peebles

September 13, 2014Pitlochry Highland GamesRecreation Ground, Ferry Road, Pitlochry PH16 5DZ

September 13, 2014Innerleithen Highland GamesInnerleithen

September 20, 2014All Ireland Solo ChampionshipsNorthern Ireland

TIP OF THE DAY
Play each two-bar-phrase in a jig like a strathspey – accent pattern Strong, Weak, Medium, Weak. It will transform your tune musically.
Colin MacLellan, Edinburgh