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78th Frasers bring “Flame” concert home

Published: September 30, 1999

Toronto’s 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band will take the stage at Hamilton Place in Hamilton, Ontario, on October 2-3, 1999, with a performance of the band’s Flame of Wrath” production.

Sponsored by the Hamilton Wentworth Police Pipe Band

Robert Wallace takes directorship of College of Piping

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Glasgow, Scotland – September 10, 1999 – Robert Wallace, winner of this year’s Clasp at Inverness, has agreed to become Director of the College of Piping in Glasgow, thus ensuring the future of the venerable organization.

Wallace will also assume the editorship of the Piping Times, the publication founded in 1947 by the late Seumas MacNeill.

Since MacNeill’s death in 1994, the college and the magazine have been run by Dugald MacNeill. The college has survived despite the substantial success of the Piping Centre, supported by considerable government and corporate funding.

There will be a transitional period for Wallace to establish himself in the role, with MacNeill assisting with the process.

Wallace’s digest publication, The Piper Press, will cease production, with subscribers being moved to the Piping Times if they desire.

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Cairns Wins Rare Double

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Inverness, Scotland – September 8-9, 1999 – John Cairns of Ontario completed one of the rarest of piping feats by winning the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal for piobaireachd at the Northern Meeting in Inverness, thus becoming only the twelfth piper in 250 years to obtain “The Double” – winning both Gold Medals in the same year.

The last time it was done was in 1970, when Andrew Wright of Paisley turned the trick.

“I’m still in shock,” Cairns admitted the day after. “Winning at Oban was great, but this is something else.”

Robert Wallace of Glasgow won his first Clasp, the competition reserved for previous winners of the Gold Medal at Oban or Inverness. Wallace played “The Battle of Waterloo” to capture the prize.

Bruce Gandy of Summerside, PEI, won both of the A Grade light music events, the first time the trick has been turned since Jack Lee in 1979.

James Murray won his first Former Winners’ Silver Star March, Strathspey & Reel, besting perennial favourite and nine-time winner Alasdair Gillies of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Jenny Hazzard of Woodbridge, Ontario, and now living in Glasgow, won the Silver Medal, with Andrew Hayes of Ottawa, Ontario, second.

Gold Medal: John Cairns (“My King Has Landed in Moidart”), 2nd Alasdair Gillies, USA, 3rd Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, 4th PM Michael Gray, The Highlanders, 5th Douglas Murray, Glenrothes, Scotland.

Clasp: Robert Wallace, 2nd Niall Matheson, 3rd Stuart Shedden, 4th Willie McCallum.

Silver Medal: Jenny Hazzard, 2nd Andrew Hayes, 3rd Liam Brown, 4th Innes Smith, 5th James McHattie

Grade A March: Bruce Gandy, 2nd Douglas Murray, 3rd Iain Speirs, 4th Andrew Matheson.

Grade A SR: Bruce Gandy, 2nd John Patrick, 3rd Andrew Matheson, 4th Peter Hunt.

Hornpipe & Jig: Angus MacColl, 2nd Roddy MacLeod, 3rd Robert Crabtree, 4th Stuart Liddell

Grade B March: James MacHattie, 2nd Allan MacColl, 3rd Michael Rogers, 4th Jenny Hazzard

Grade B SR: Chris Armstrong, 2nd James MacPhee, 3rd Allan MacColl, 4th Jenny Hazzard.

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MacLellan, Tannock to run for CPA leadership?

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We have learned that Colin MacLellan of Glasgow and Logan Tannock of Tillicoultry are each reportedly interested in vying for the presidency of the Competing Pipers Association.

With the sad and sudden loss of Colin Drummond, the CPA leadership position became available.

MacLellan, who in August moved back to Scotland after over 20 years living in Canada, currently lives in Glasgow, with his wife, Jenny Hazzard, a native of Toronto, Canada. MacLellan has won the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting, in addition to the Silver Chanter (twice), and virtually every major piobaireachd prize.

Logan Tannock, a successful professional piper for over 20 years and a winner of many prizes, has been involved with the CPA for several years, and is currently Vice President of the organization.

The CPA boasts a membership of over 300, and was formed in 1977, mainly as a union to address problems of ever increasing numbers at the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting competitions. It was the CPA that initiated and still sponsors the Silver Medal competitions at those two events.

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Michael Grey steps down as Peel Regional Police Pipe Major

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Toronto, Ontario – September 1, 1999 – Michael Grey has resigned as Pipe Major of the Grade 1 Peel Regional Police Pipe Band of Brampton, Ontario. Grey had accepted the invitation to take over the band in late 1994.

It was an extremely difficult decision for me

Northern Meeting seen as World Solo Championships for pipers

Published: August 31, 1999

The pipe band world has the official World Pipe Band Championships, and the closest thing solo piping scene has to a true world championship is the Northern Meeting at Inverness. This year’s contest will again be held at the sumptuous Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

The Highland Society of London Gold Medal and the Silver Medal – both piobaireachd events – will be held on Wednesday, September 8th, while the Clasp (reserved for winners of the Gold Medal at Inverness) and Silver Star March, Strathspey & Reel take place on Thursday the 9th.

For each of the piobaireachd contests, the Piobaireachd Society sets a list of tunes from which competitors must submit four and play one. Players do not know which tune they have to play until the player immediately preceding them takes the stage.

The Former Winners MSR is generally considered the most exciting piping competition in the world. The nerve-racking event has been won an unprecedented nine times by Alasdair Gillies, who now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but who is originally from Ullapool and served for many years with the Queen’s Own Highlanders.

Gillies has a good chance again to take this year’s Silver Star, although Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland, threw down a significant challenge at Oban’s Argyllshire Gathering on August 26 by winning that event’s Former Winners MSR.

As with every Northern Meeting, additional excitement surrounds the Gold Medal, in which the winner of the Gold Medal at Oban vies for The Double” by winning also at Inverness. John Cairns of London

Who, what or where is Lochanside?

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A poll of pipers on what their favourite tune is would probably uncover John McLellan DCM, Dunoon’s Lochanside” near the top of most lists. McLellan’s three-parted 3/4 march

ScottishPower pulls off upset at Cowal Championships

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Dunoon, Scotland – August 28, 1999 – Pipe Major Roddy MacLeod’s ScottishPower Pipe Band pulled off the year’s biggest upset by winning the RSPBA’s Cowal Championship here today. Also a surprise, Strathclyde Police finished second, actually tying ScottishPower for first. The Power won on ensemble preference.

In third was Shotts & Dykehead, the band that finished second at the World Championships two weeks ago, but was favoured by most to take Cowal and the World’s.

Rounding out the Grade 1 list were Field Marshal Montgomery in fourth, McNaughton’s Vale of Atholl fifth, and Boghall & Bathgate sixth, on ensemble preference over David Urquhart Travel.

Grade 2 was won by Northern Ireland’s Ballycoan, with Bucksburn & District second.

ScottishPower managed to win despite an eighth placing in drumming. The band’s other three placings were firsts, including of course the decisive first in ensemble from judge Wilson Young.

With Young being a drummer, it perhaps begs the question of how a band can be first in ensemble and still be eighth in drumming – or vice versa.

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New Ezeedrone bass reed adds length to sound

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The highly successful Ezeedrone reeds from Glasgow piper Ronnie McShannon have just been 33% revamped with the development and introduction of a newly designed bass reed.

The previous model of bass reed was often criticized for not blending well with the tenor reeds. McShannon has attempted to solve the problem by creating a bass with a substantially longer body – one the approximate length of a traditional cane bass.

Length of tongue, materials, and basic structure of the new bass reed appear to remain the same. Some elements of workmanship have evidently improved, though, with the tuning screw at the end of the reed working more efficiently, and the reed as a whole being more responsive.

The result of the lengthening of the bass is improved tone and stability, with the bass now blending better with the Ezeedrone tenors. Pipers who once had to resort to playing a different bass reed will likely now find it easier to play the reeds as a set.

The new Ezeedrone bass has just now started to be made available from dealers around the world, and can also be purchased directly from the manufacturer in Glasgow.

Approximate price of the new bass reed is £25.

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John Cairns wins Oban Gold Medal

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Oban, Scotland – August 25, 1999 – John Cairns of London, Ontario, won the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal for piobaireachd at the Argyllshire Gathering today, one of the world’s most prestigious solo piping events. He played “lament for Finlay,” probably the most technically difficult of this year’s set tunes.

Willie McCallum of Bearsden, Scotland, took first prize in the Open” or “Senior” piobaireachd event

Wayne Jarvis passes away at age 60

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Wayne Jarvis, one of Canada’s most well known and well liked side drummers, died on August 23, after an apparent heart attack the previous week.

He was 60.

Jarvis was instrumental in the success of numerous bands over the years, and he taught hundreds of young drummers along the way. Many of his students have gone on to enjoy great success with other bands.

The Ajax Pipe Band, Jarvis’s most recent effort, had good success in Grade 4 in their debut season this year. The band finished fourth at the North American Championships with Jarvis leading the drum corps and ex-78th Fraser Highlanders piper Tom Bowen as Pipe Major.

It is a shame to have lost such a terrific drummer and teacher in the pipe band circuit

Piping elite get ready for Argyllshire Gathering

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The Argyllshire Gathering, the world’s second most important solo piping competition, will once again take place in Oban on Scotland’s west coast. This year’s competitions will be held on Wednesday, August 25, and Thursday, August 26, in both indoor and outdoor settings.

The two most prestigious events, the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal, and the Open Piobaireachd (reserved for former winners of the Gold Medal at Oban or Inverness) are the marquee events of the gathering. Both piobaireachd contests will be held on Wednesday.

The Northern Meeting at Inverness is generally considered the world’s premier solo piping event of the year.

The Silver Medal will also be held on the Wednesday. The contest generally has a heavier contingent of overseas competitors, while the Gold Medal and Open appear to be slightly more restrictive for entry.

In 1998, the Oban Gold Medal was won by Scotland’s Niall Matheson, while the Silver Medal went to Matt MacIsaac of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Light music events are each held on Thursday, with the top category being the Former Winners’ MSR. Candidates to win that event include Alasdair Gillies, Willie McCallum, Roddy MacLeod and Gordon Walker.

Both the Argyllshire Gathering and the Northern Meeting have seen increased applications for entry to their competitions. Each category is generally limited to only 30 competitors.

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Controversy rages after World’s

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In the aftermath of the 58th annual World Pipe Band Championships, held August 14 in Glasgow, Scotland, a rebound of dissatisfaction about the event has clearly emerged.

Complaints of appalling conditions and a questionable Grade 1 format have been the talk of the pipe band world, rather than Simon Fraser University’s formidable victory over the rest of the field.

While there was little dispute that the SFU were deserving winners, and that Shotts & Dykehead were a worthy runner-up, controversy about the placings of the final 12 bands have ensued perhaps more than most years.

Competitors have both criticized and praised the format, which was introduced last year in an effort to alleviate dependence on a draw system, and with an eye to making the event more enjoyable for spectators. Currently, bands from the previous year’s prize list get a bye to the 12 band final. The remaining Grade 1 bands compete in a qualifying round for six additional spots.

Bands most critical of the system tend to be the ones that qualify for the final, and feel they are at an immediate disadvantage playing three times – particularly problematic when horrendous weather is the order of the day, as was the case at the 1999 World’s.

Forcing the world’s best bands to play in pouring rain is a test of luck rather than skill

A Ross Canister Bag technique

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There’s little doubt that the Ross Canister Bag has been a revolutionary advancement for the great Highland bagpipe. From Grade 4 to professional, instruments are almost universally steady. A bagpipe that drifts substantially in mid-performance is almost unheard of today.

There are myriad options for configuration of the Ross system. The most common is simply to have all four hoses connected to each stock. Almost all players will opt to have all three drones to be connected. It’s the chanter connection that’s the most variable from player to player.

Some pipers who are drier blowers prefer to leave the chanter stock open. For them, connecting the chanter means not enough moisture to the cane chanter reed, which needs a certain amount of wetness to stay steady and reach peak performance.

But sometimes, because of the synthetic bag, the chanter becomes a bit too wet, especially in cool weather. It’s nearly impossible to reach a medium between too dry and too wet for those in-between blowers.

The chanter hose can be put to good use, though, by connecting it to the blowpipe stock so that moisture is directed to the back of the bag. Simply connect the chanter hose to the blowpipe stock and, instead of connecting the hose end to the canister, leave it open, pointed to the back of the bag.

In effect, this works similar to a tube water trap. The moisture that may collect at the back of the bag can be easily dried at the end of a playing session.

For those blowers who have a moderate but not excessive amount of wetness, using the chanter tube as an ersatz water trap can be an effective solution.

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Lismor goes retro with “Pipe Major’s Choice” collection

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Lismor Digital of Glasgow, Scotland, has decided to compile, remaster, and repackage vintage recordings from famous bands of the past. The first in the Pipe Major’s Choice” CDs are from Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia and Dysart & Dundonald.

The Shotts CD comprises selected tracks from three albums: “The Shores of Loch Katrine” (1974)

SFU Wins 1999 World’s

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Glasgow, Scotland – August 14, 1999 – Simon Fraser University Pipe Band of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, won the 1999 World Pipe Championships here today, while favourites Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia finished a close second.

In just as big an upset, SFU also won the drumming.

Third was Field Marshal Montgomery of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Glasgow’s Scottish Power finished fourth.

Strathclyde Police and McNaughton’s Vale of Atholl rounded out the list.

The 78th Fraser Highlanders, winners of the North American Championships at Maxville two weeks previous and fourth at last year’s World’s, were not in the list. The 78th were favoured by many to win the World’s this year. The band finished eighth at the 1999 World’s.

Also in the Grade 1 final were Boghall & Bathgate (seventh), David Urquhart Travel (ninth), Peel Regional Police of Brampton, Ontario (tenth), the Los Angeles Scots (eleventh), and the New Zealand Police (twelfth).

Grade 2 was won by perennial runners-up, City of Washington of Washington, DC, USA. COW had been chasing the Grade 2 event prize for several years.

In second was Alameda County Sheriff’s Department (USA), Hamilton (USA) was third, and Bucksburn & District (Aberdeen, Scotland) fourth.

In fifth was the Niagara Regional Police of Hamilton, Ontario, who have locked up the ’99 Ontario Champion Supreme title already. Niagara was unfortunate to get drenched in a sudden heavy downpour. Prince Charles (San Fransico) was sixth.

Other results:

Grade 3A: 1st Bleary & District, 2nd Newtongrange, 3rd Clonoe, 4th Oban, 5th St Marys, 6th Culter & Dist

Grade 3B: 1st Lord Edwards, 2nd Benoni (South Africa), 3rd North Belfast, 4th Dornoch, 5th Holbaek, 6th Moneygore

Grade 4A: 1st Augharonan, 2nd Monkstown Mossley, 3rd Newcastle, 4th University of Luton, 5th Hollymont, 6th Castlerock

Grade 4B: 1st High Desert, 2nd Bro Matt Boyd, 3rd Boness RBL, 4th Penicuik, 5th Kinglassie, 6th Linlithgow

Juvenile: 1st Robert Malcolm Memorial

Novice Juvenile: 1st Dunoon Grammar

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Bands prepare for Glasgow Green extravaganza

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Over 210 pipe bands from every corner of the world are readying themselves for the year’s biggest pipe band event. On Saturday, August 14, the 1999 World Pipe Band Championships will again be held at Glasgow Green where Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia are strongly favoured to take the big prize.

Having won both RSPBA majors so far this year, Shotts could well bring another World’s title home to the small mining village in eastern Strathclyde Region. The band last won the event in 1997, but were edged out by Australia’s Victoria Police in 1998.

Through extraordinary and still somewhat mysterious circumstances, the reigning World Champions are unable to attend this year’s World’s to defend the title.

Also a hot contender for the big prize are Vancouver, Canada’s Simon Fraser University, which made a successful bold and strategic trip to compete at the British Championships at Ayr in May of this year. SFU, out of the World’s list last year, affirmed that the 1998 result was an anomaly by finishing 2nd at the British.

Many who were there believed that SFU deserved to be crowned British Champions.

Also in hot pursuit of the World’s are perennial contenders Field Marshal Montgomery from Belfast, Northern Ireland; the 78th Fraser Highlanders of Toronto, Canada; Glasgow’s Strathclyde Police and ScottishPower; and Ontario, Canada’s Peel Regional Police, a band that has been playing the 78th Frasers close all year in Ontario.

Not to be counted out of appearing in the Grade 1 list are Boghall & Bathgate, McNaughton’s Vale of Atholl, and darkhorse New Zealand Police.

Grade 2 will be equally hotly fought. City of Washington, fresh off its first North American Championship at Maxville, Ontario,will try to finally take the prize that’s eluded them for four straight years. Aberdeen’s Bucksburn & District and Upper Crossgare, which both have won a Grade 2 major each, are sure to be in the thick of it, as will Ontario’s Niagara Regional Police.

Grade 1 prediction: 1st Shotts & Dykehead, 2nd Simon Fraser University, 3rd 78th Fraser Highlanders, 4th Field Marshal Montgomery, 5th Strathclyde Police, 6th Peel Regional Police.

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78th Frasers clinch Ontario Champion Supreme title with win at Maxville

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Toronto’s 78th Fraser Highlanders, led by Pipe Major Bill Livingstone, clinched the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario’s Champion Supreme award for Grade 1 by winning the North American Pipe Band Championship at Maxville, Ontario, on July 31. The Frasers have won all five PPBSO majors this year.

Peel Regional Police, which has been second in each championship, has proven to be strong competition for the 78th. While the Frasers are known now for a consistent and robust sound, Peel is considered by many to lead in the creativity department, with inventive, well designed medleys.

In Grade 2, the Niagara Regional Police have dominated most contests. With a pipe section comprising many players with Grade 1 experience, Niagara is thought to have an excellent shot at moving into the premier grade in 2000.

Niagara was tipped at Maxville by City of Washington from Washington, DC – another band that’s a good bet to move to Grade 1 next year – but then came back the next day to best Washington at Montreal.

There are two more championships left in the Ontario season, Fergus and Sarnia, but the former falls on the same day as the World Pipe Band Championships and will have sparse attendance from competitors.

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The New Pearl Pipe Band Snare Drum

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For the first time in years, pipe band drummers have a variety of well-crafted instruments from which to choose. The newest entry into the field is the Pearl FFX505N. Pearl is well established as a manufacturer of percussion instruments and lays claim to being the world’s number one drum maker in its on Web site (www.pearldrum.com). My first impression of the new Pearl drum was favourable. The clean lines and fine detailing of the drum were impressive. The example I tested was in a very attractive green wood stain with a urethane finish and brushed aluminum rims and hardware. There are five standard colours available: white, red, black, blue, and green, and Pearl will provide custom colours on special order. The Pearl is in the same weight range as the other two contending pipe band snare drums currently on the market, albeit slightly heavier at 7.5 kg or 16.5 lbs. Overall, the Pearl FFX505N is a very attractive looking instrument. Pearl has paid very close attention to craftsmanship detail and the needs of the drum performer with the FFX505N. The precision of the snare system has been improved over what has been generally available in the past, and the tensioning system has been moved to one side and is well marked. Also of note was the finish on the bottom and top snares, which was clean and even, unlike the inconsistent products of the past that have contributed to many of my drum corps’s premature head tears and ruptures. Even the bottom snare guards are made larger to provide more effective protection when setting down the drum. Other details include nylon washers that prevent the loss of bolts as the rims are pulled off during those inevitable emergency head changes at Highland games. Even the tuning key has a small hole that allows a cord to be threaded through it. The one detail that was somewhat puzzling was the choice of sling hook attachment on the drum. The piece came disassembled and was awkward to affix to the drum. This was not typical of the workmanship that went into the rest of the drum. The angle created by the hook may well be too severe for some players. Most drummers, however, will base their purchase decision not on appearance, but on price, service, and sound quality. While the price of the Pearl FFX505N will vary depending on the prospective buyer’s location, it would appear to be the most expensive of the three new drums on the market. As for on-going service, it remains to be seen how committed Pearl will be to this product. On the Internet chat lines, for instance, some concerns have arisen about the availability of the Pearl logo batter heads. As for sound quality the volume produced by the drum was good and the pitch was bright. The head was responsive and enjoyable to play on. The snare sound was good and full at all volume levels. To my ear, however, the drum had a slightly plastic sound and did not seem to have the depth of tone or projection of our well-worn drums. The sound achieved with the test drum was somewhat reminiscent of our Remo and Legato drums in the 1980s, but with more projection. A competitor’s batter head was tried to see if it would alter the sound quality but the difference was insignificant. As we were only able to test the new Pearl on a solo basis, however, it is hard to know how it would sound within a full corps setting. The craftsmanship and appearance of the Pearl FFX505N are a step up in drum evolution. It does, however, have a different sound than what most drummers have heard over the past few years. Already three leading Grade One corps have switched to Pearl, but only time will tell whether this new sound will gain wider acceptance. — Dave Danskin is lead drummer of the Grade One Halifax Police Pipe Band of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Colin Drummond dies suddenly

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The piping world lost a good friend when Colin R. Drummond died suddenly of a stroke on July 3, 1999.

The President of the Competing Pipers Association for the past five years, Colin Drummond will be remembered for both his significant leadership and piping abilities.

A resident of Bathgate, Scotland, Drummond’s history in pipe bands was significant. He was Pipe Major of the successful BP Grangemouth Pipe Band in the 1970s, a band that rose to the top of Grade 2 under his direction. He was also a member of the Polkemmet Colliery Pipe Band when the famous Pipe Major Johnny Barnes led it.

In solo piping, Drummond was a regular on the Scottish Highland games circuit, and competed successfully at both the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting, among other major events.

In recent years he was a conscientious and outspoken leader of the Competing Pipers Association.

He will be missed by all.

RSPBA Millennium Committee formed

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Responding to scathing criticism following its disastrous Annual General Meeting in March, the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association has approved the formation of an ad hoc Millennium Committee” with the aim of identifying and recommending solutions to the organization’s challenges.

The impetus for the committee is an extremely pointed letter from the Grade 2 Scottish Gas Pipe Band of Edinburgh. In the letter

Free Flow Valve / Water Trap

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Launched in June 1999, the Free Flow Valve is a combination blowpipe valve and optional water trap. The valve can be installed into the bottom of the blowpipe stock in a matter of seconds.

The aperture of the device is approximately the size of the a blowpipe bore itself, so there is little if any restriction to air flow to the bag. A large, cupped rubber valve is held in the middle of the apparatus, creating an efficient and durable seal. These two features will help most pipers to attain a more constant pressure while playing.

The optional water trap can be fitted if desired, and this is a simple tube insert that allows moisture to accumulate around the edge of the valve. Simply disconnecting the blowpipe and tipping over the bag (ugh) drains off collected saliva. But beware of ruining your mother’s new living room rug.

The Free Flow Valve/Water Trap is a well designed and nicely made product. When combined with the increasingly popular Ross Canister Pipe Band System, it will allow an additional element of moisture control.

Even without the water trap, the valve by itself improves the overall efficiency of the instrument.

The Free Flow Valve is a product that the Piper & Drummer recommends. After all, if you’re going to spend $100 on synthetic drone reeds, $300 on a Ross Canister Bag, and $10 on a pipe chanter reed, a $25 water valve that lasts a lifetime is a relative bargain.

– Andrew Berthoff is Editor of the Piper & Drummer

Nice coat, nice knickers

Published: May 31, 1999

[Originally published as an Editorial]

Instead of the usual hard-hitting, insightful editorial on an aspect of piping and/or drumming worth debating, we thought we’d talk a little about one of our favourite subjects: Us.

The Piper & Drummer, in its current style, has been published for almost 17 years. (And that’s 17 real years, not some fabricated number to make us look good.) Before that, the Pipers Society of Ontario (and, subsequently, the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario) published various periodicals, each laying the important groundwork for what we do today.

In the mid 1980s, the mantle was taken up to create a totally new magazine that covered both the incredibly active and growing scene in Ontario and piping and drumming worldwide. By 1988, the Canadian” was excised from the magazine’s title

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