p|d Hot Stove League: LA Scots’ Armstrong and Kvidahl at 2012 Pipes+Drums Recital

Published: February 28, 2013
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The fourth part of our 2012 Pipes+Drums Recital of Grade 1 band pipe-majors and leading-drummers features Los Angeles Scots Colin Armstrong and Glenn Kvidahl with four selections from the August 8th event

The band saw its way back in to the Grade 1 Final round at the World Pipe Band Championships three days later, ultimately finishing as the thirteenth best band in the world.

Joining Armstrong and Kvidahl in one set is bass drummer Steve Foley, one of the world’s more award-winning big-drum players. While Armstrong has led the LA Scots since 2006, Kvidahl became leading-drummer in April 2010.

The Pipes+Drums recitals are designed to showcase the talents of the leaders of the world’s top pipe bands, with an eye to demonstrating how they work together musically. Just days before the World Pipe Band Championships, the players and their instruments are in top form. The musical relationship between pipe-major and leading-drummer dictates much of the band’s overall ensemble integration.

This year’s recital series was the second, and previous performances available online are:

This installment gives the pipes|drums Magazine Channel more than 200 videos.

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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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