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pipes|drums is independent and is not affiliated with any association and, as such, is the world’s only completely self-governing, organized piping publication. We don’t sell anything except subscriptions and advertising, and all funds are either plowed back into the publication or used for other good piping and/or drumming causes.

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 February 24, 2018More Ceol Mor! Piobaireachd WorkshopToronto

February 24, 2018Toronto Knockout Final RoundMoss Park Armoury, Toronto, Ontario

February 24, 2018Boney Music Memorial Invitational Piping Competition & RecitalHalpern Centre, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia

March 3, 2018Uist & Barra Solo Piping CompetitionCollege of Piping

March 3, 2018Redding Bagpipe CompetitionRed Lion Hotel Redding, California

TIP OF THE DAY
Piping teachers: For a young piper’s pipes 1. tie the drones 3 or 4 inches apart. 2. Get the smallest mouthpiece you can or get the blowstick cut shorter. 3. Insist on a small bag – this will get the student learning how to blow the bagpipe correctly from the start.
Sandy Keith, Dunedin, Florida

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