EUSPBA embraces distance learning with new online instruction video site
The Eastern United States Pipe Band Association is taking advantage of the communications power of the Internet by launching the “EUSPBA Learning Channel,” a series of videos freely available to anyone wishing to improve.
The site has launched initially with four instructional videos on piobaireachd by EUSPBA judge Jimmy McIntosh, which focus on playing ceol mor embellishments. EUSPBA President Jimmy Bell says that further videos will be posted on competition light music, band set-up, drumming and other aspects of piping and drumming.
“It should be obvious to everyone that the main focus is education for [EUSPBA] members,” Bell said, “but with more attention to the top levels, which I feel have been neglected for the past while.”
Because of the huge geography that the EUSPBA encompasses, ranging from the northeast United States to Texas – a span of more than 2,500 miles – many members of the organization are separated from regular quality tuition.
“Overall, the goal is to get instruction to people in the outlying areas of the association,” Bell said. “The EUSPBA is just so big now, and many of our members are from places in the US that never had pipers or bands in them before. Those folks really need some assistance from us.”
Bell added that his organization is working on recording videos for all of the piobaireachds on the EUSPBA’s suggested Grade 4 list. Following that the plan is to post videos of requested piobaireachds, and then move to light music, snare drumming and bass and tenor flourishing.
He said that it has yet to be determined if the channel will continue to be open to all, or eventually be restricted to EUSPBA members.