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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.

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UPCOMING EVENTS July 28, 2016B In The ParkMajor's Hill Park, Ottawa

July 29, 2016Glengarry Highland GamesMaxville ON

July 30, 2016Scottish Pipe Band ChampionshipsLevengrove Park, Dumbarton, Scotland

August 3, 2016CARLOWAY SHOW AND HIGHLAND GAMES, ISLE OF LEWIS, OUTER HEBRIDES, SCOTLANDISLE OF LEWIS

August 6, 2016Dundonald Highland GamesDundonald

TIP OF THE DAY
Pipe-Majors: Work on one-to-one tuition on pipes prior to and during the season.
Richard Parkes, P-M Field Marshal Montgomery

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