pipes|drums reports: Associations’ dues, fees and communications

Published: April 27, 2013
pipes|drums reports: Associations’ dues, fees and communications Published: April 27, 2013

We take a look at 15 of the world's most active pipe band associations and compare the dues that they charge to pipe bands and/or individuals and the charges for entry into collective competitions and/or single events. We also consider online entry and how they communicate with their members. The result is an illuminating summary of a wide array of costs, with one organization looking for a band of 35 pipers and drummers to pay more than $1,500 just to compete on their circuit during a calendar year.

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TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers: If your pipe chanter reed has been sitting for 2 hours or more, hold the reed between your index and thumb with a slight squeeze to warm the reed up for 20 to 30 seconds before playing. This will reduce the time the reed takes to come into pitch.
Donald MacPhee, reedmaker, Alexandria, Scotland

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