24 Piping and Drumming Hours In . . . Palmerston North, New Zealand

Published: July 31, 2011
24 Piping and Drumming Hours In . . . Palmerston North, New Zealand Published: July 31, 2011

Libby O'Brien of New Zealand begins our new "24 Hours In . . ." series of feature articles exclusively for subscribers to pipes|drums. We're asking prominent pipers and drummers to highlight a single day of activities that they would recommend in a location that might be off the familiar path. If they had only one day in the place, how would the person spend the time and what would he/she recommend to others? Libby O'Brien chooses to look at a day at the Palmerston North "Square Day." Other writers will take readers on must-see tours of cities for pipers and drummers, but here Libby takes a day to share her hour-by-hour experience at her favourite event in the world.

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TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers: Blow your drones without the pipe chanter for a few minutes when you first take your pipes out of the box. Initially, the blades on your pipe chanter reed and the tongues on your drone reeds will be dry (not pliable), which will make the chanter reed stiff and often too much for the drone reeds – causing them to shut off. The warm air that is blown through the drone reeds will make the tongues more pliable and receptive to handling the strength of the pipe chanter. This applies to synthetic and cane drone reeds.
John Cairns, double Gold Medallist