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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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May 20, 2017British Pipe Band ChampionshipsPaisley, Scotland

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June 10, 2017UK Pipe Band ChampionshipsBelfast

June 15, 2017Cobourg Highland Games & FestivalVictoria Park, Cobourg

TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers: The blowstick is the forgotten part of the pipe. Make sure yours is the correct length, allows free air flow and is air tight. Your bagpipe needs to fit you and a correct length of blowpipe will help this.
Euan Anderson, Edinburgh