June 30, 2008

SFU unveils new video website and Sinclair chanters

The four-time Grade 1 World Champions Simon Fraser University Pipe Band of Vancouver in the last few weeks have taken the wraps off of the first-ever pipe band video and audio website, “SFUTube,” where the recent and archive recordings of the band will reside.

The band also debuted its new set of Sinclair chanters, continuing its commitment to the instruments, a brand that, except for a short-lived test with Naill chanters in 2006, the band has stood by for more than 20 years and which some say is part of their signature sound.

A source close to the band said that SFUTube will be an ongoing resource for the Internet connected pipe band world, and the band will showcase high quality recordings and images of the band, with new content appearing regularly.

Video file-sharing sites like YouTube do not yet allow for high-quality files. Currently, the band’s MSR and Medley performances appear on the site from the first competition of the season against the Dowco TSPB, where SFU took all first placings in both events.

The first videos posted to the site are of the band playing in its first outdoor event of 2008, at Bellingham, Washington, at which it garnered straight first-placings over Dowco Triumph Street, the only other Grade 1 band competing.

Bellingham was the first contest for the new Sinclair chanters, which the SFU organization reportedly paid approximately $500 for each one.




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