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Who, what or where is Lochanside?

Published: August 31, 1999

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

Copy wrong

Published: February 28, 1999

Why is it that pipers and drummers traditionally rip off each other? We’re not talking about stealing instruments or kilts or reeds; we’re thinking of the disrespect we pay to each other when it comes to tunes, arrangements, and royalties.

Pipers and drummers are generally eager—often overly so—simply to make a CD or put out a book of music. Getting one’s name and content out, generally, is foremost, and any royalties are usually considered a bonus. As a result, perhaps, it’s not unknown to see recording companies and publishers take advantage of the remarkably passionate nature of pipers and drummers.

Ever since Xerographic was bought up and successfully merchandized by Xerox in the 1950s, the photocopying of tunes straight from books has been common. Today, with electronic publishing and communications so prevalent and easy, pipers and drummers routinely exchange electronic files of scores. The person to whom copyright belongs today more than ever is cheated out of their deserved royalties.

John McLellan, DCM, Dunoon, wrote the tune that’s now known as Road to the Isles” back in the early 1900s. After his death

Welcome to the new era of piping and drumming

Published: November 30, 1998

[Originally published as an Editorial]

There’s little doubt that the roots of the pipe band idiom grew originally from the military. When Highland pipers originally joined the Scottish regiments, it was only natural that they would eventually start playing together.

It follows then that drummers would get involved, since organized drumming has always had a useful place in the army. Where drummers had previously played with pipers” (who were really fifers)

Misfit musicians need each other

Published: May 31, 1998

[Originally published as an Editorial]

The rivalry between pipers and drummers has gone on, as far as we know, since pipers and drummers banded together around 1850. Cross-section banter in bands is generally light-hearted, everyone has a laugh, and the friendly rivalry continues.

Sometimes, though, it gets old. The drummers’ skins wear thin, and they start losing their resistance to the constant strikes against it.

The Piper & Drummer, for example, is occasionally accused of not representing the drumming scene well enough. Conversely, when we publish drumming-specific articles, some pipers think it’s a waste of space. In fact, we tend not to delineate the pipe band world by instrument, and instead—perhaps idealistically—consider it all one big, not necessarily happy, family. We think that material on piping—and even piobaireachd—is useful for drummers so they can better understand the instrument they complement, just as we feel pipers should read and appreciate articles on drumming as an opportunity to learn about the percussive elements of a band.

It concerns and confounds us that, considering the need in pipe bands for pipers and drummers to understand each other, and the unarguable fact that drummers play with pipers in our idiom, there are such things as best drum corps prizes or that there is talk in Scotland of a Competing Drummers’ Association.”

Pipe band drummers occasionally complain that pipers don’t give them the respect they deserve

Muddling judging medleys

Published: February 28, 1998

[Originally published as an Editorial]

Medley competitions for pipe bands have been around for almost 30 years, yet they are still judged using the same basic criteria as those applied to March, Strathspey & Reels. In fact, they’re different things altogether, and they should be judged accordingly.

Today’s creative medley is far removed from the traditional MSR. To be sure, both are about music first and foremost, but the modern pipe band medley is also about musical evolution and progression, whereas the MSR is hidebound by tradition and preservation. Using the oft-cited ice skating analogy, the MSR is the compulsory figures” of the pipe band world. Bands are required to perform certain moves in a certain format. The medley is the “free skate

If not now, then when? If not you, then whom?

Published: November 30, 1997

[Originally published as an Editorial]

Most readers of the Piper & Drummer compete in piping, drumming, and pipe band events. Competition can make us see our world and our music in a critical light, making us perhaps too often too quick to judge in everything what’s good and what’s not, what’s better and what’s worse.

Pipers and drummers consequently are often overly critical of the people who make the whole thing work, the volunteers who organize competitions, who perform the administrative duties that allow us to hold events, to compete, and to better our arts.

Except for the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, which has the resources to appoint and pay a full time administrative staff, all other organizations cross their fingers and hope good people will voluntarily work for us.

An excellent example of tireless effort is that of Henry Roberts, president of the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario for nine years. During that time, he has dedicated a staggering amount of his personal time to piping and drumming in Ontario. He didn’t have to work for us. He could have easily concentrated on family and fishing, but, instead, he did what he thought was right for the membership of the PPBSO.

For sure, no politician, whether professional or volunteer, will have his constituents in agreement 100% of the time, and Henry Roberts, as he would no doubt be the first to agree, is no exception.

Even the Piper & Drummer magazine is assembled and distributed largely on a voluntary basis. It’s hoped that our several thousand readers worldwide will gain something positive, whether it’s a tidbit of information, a laugh at a joke, or a particularly insightful comment from one of our many luminaries who basically volunteer their time and expertise for the good of all.

Every piping and pipe band organization around the world looks to volunteers to make it all work. Without exception, they all perform their tasks to the best of their ability, and for this they cannot be faulted.

Every so often it’s important to step back to realize and appreciate the good work the volunteers of the piping and drumming world do for all of us. We’re often too quick to attack, to point out perceived faults and inadequacies, and to insist volunteers act more like professionals. It must be difficult for these volunteers who try their best to do a good job, only to be criticized by those for whom they work.

With few exceptions, those who do the most grousing about the work of volunteers are the ones who sit back and do least. To these people we can only paraphrase the famous words of John Kennedy: ask not what your pipe band association can do for you, ask what you can do for your association.

The fall is a time when many pipe band associations in the northern hemisphere hold their annual general meetings. Occasionally, people who attend these meetings forget that the administrators are all amateurs trying to do things in their spare time as well as professionals. The truth is that, without volunteers, nothing would get done. It would be great if we could temper our customary competitive approach, and appreciate the efforts of those who could easily have chosen to do something else for themselves.

As this issue of the Piper & Drummer is the last during the presidency of Henry Roberts, we would like to say thanks, on behalf of pipers and drummers everywhere, for the effort you’ve made. And thanks, also, to pipers, drummers and enthusiasts around the world who volunteer their time, expertise, and good will for everyone’s benefit.

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