Band forms in Ontario, aims for Grade 2

Published: March 31, 2009
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At time when the world’s pipe bands are finding it increasingly difficult to sustain quality and numbers, a new band has formed in Ontario, with hopes of competing in Grade 2 in 2009. Sponsored by the Highland outfitters of the same name, the Burnett’s & Struth Pipe Band will be led by Simon Connolly with Teddy Barr running the drum section.
 
Several members of the pipe section reportedly come from the Grade 3 Flint Scottish Pipe Band of Michigan, and Connolly’s older brother, Jamie, the former pipe-major of several successful Grade 2 bands over the years, will be in the ranks. Sixteen pipers are listed on the band’s roster.
 
Jamie Connolly was most recently Pipe-Major of the now defunct MacNaughton Highlanders, a Grade 2 band. He has been Pipe-Major of two successful Grade 2 bands: the Toronto Transit Commission and Celtic Flair, the latter of which reached Grade 1 for a season.
 
“We’re really at a Grade 3 level at the moment due to the newer players and short timeline, but we’re striving to raise that level through some hard work and a bit of recruiting,” said Mike Connolly, also a piper with the new band. Barr has 12 drummers so far.
 
Mike Connolly said that the sponsorship is non-monetary, with the company supplying uniforms. He added that R.G. Hardie has provided a set of Peter Henderson plastic chanters to try, but the band has not yet decided if it will play them or the blackwood McCallum chanters it already has.
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  1. Bagpipermann

    Good to see a new band forming in Ontario. I’m sure that Simon and Teddy will do an excellent job. Good luck to everyone. Looking forward to hearing you.

  2. masonsapron

    Congratulations Simon for becoming Pipe Major. You have all the qualifications to be a success in the future !

  3. hosbilt@bmts.com

    Just to clarify, Jamie is Mike’s brother and Simon’s Dad! Best of luck to The Boys in the Band”! HOSS”

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Pipers: Blow your drones without the pipe chanter for a few minutes when you first take your pipes out of the box. Initially, the blades on your pipe chanter reed and the tongues on your drone reeds will be dry (not pliable), which will make the chanter reed stiff and often too much for the drone reeds – causing them to shut off. The warm air that is blown through the drone reeds will make the tongues more pliable and receptive to handling the strength of the pipe chanter. This applies to synthetic and cane drone reeds.
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