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  • One last time
    Fri, 14 Oct 2016
    “The pipes will fall in front of the band.” So ordered Queen Victoria way back when, and so it has been ever since. Except at the march past of the 2016 World Pipe Band Championships when the last band on, … Continue reading → …
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UPCOMING EVENTS November 5, 2016Niagara SessionsNiagara Falls

November 18, 2016Balmoral ClassicMcGonigle Theater, Central Catholic H.S., Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

November 19, 201621st Annual George Sherriff Memorial InvitationalSt. Paul's United Church, Hamilton, Ontario

May 20, 2017British Pipe Band ChampionshipsPaisley, Scotland

June 10, 2017UK Pipe Band ChampionshipsBelfast

To ease the blowing-in period of a chanter reed, simply press the reed firmly in the lowest part of the blades between the finger and thumb until you feel both blades ease gently together. Continue to do this and keep blowing the reed until you find the reed giving an acceptible weight.
Tom McAllister, Jr.