pipes|drums Hot Stove League – Pipes+Drums highlight videos

Published: February 29, 2012
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pipes|drums brings northern hemisphere  readers more “hot stove league” content to warm them through the dreary and cold off-season, with video highlights from the performance of Pipe-Major John Cairns and Leading-Drummer Graham Brown of the Grade 1 Peel Regional Police Pipe Band at our Pipes+Drums Recital at Piping Live! last August.

John Cairns is also famous for being only the eleventh person in piping history to win the pure “Double” – both the Argyllshire Gathering and the Northern Meeting Highland Society of London Gold Medals in one year (1999). Graham Brown is one of the world’s top pipe band snare drummers, gaining numerous top prizes prizes around the world and qualifying for the final at the World Solo Championships several times. Both of them have led the Peel Regional Police to North American Championships in 2010 and 2011.

We hope that you enjoy this talented duo, inspiring you to keep the fires burning until the season starts, or, if you live in warmer climates, as the competitions continue!

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pipes|drums Hot Stove League – Pipes+Drums highlight videos

Published: January 31, 2012
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For pipers and drummers in the northern hemisphere it’s a long winter of band and personal practice, and you might be lucky enough to have the odd Celtic Connections or Winter Storm gathering. pipes|drums wanted to ensure the fires are burning, so we bring you video excerpts from our Pipes+Drums event at Piping Live! last August.

Here you can enjoy the performances of Pipe-Major Chris Armstrong and Leading-Drummer Barry Wilson of ScottishPower, and Pipe-Major Stewart McKenzie and Leading-Drummer Graeme Parker of Manawatu Scottish.

Both duos are playing at the top of their game, each on their own world-class exponents of their art. Armstrong and Wilson were just hours away from delivering their a triumphant ScottishPower “Energy” show at the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall, and departed the Pipes+Drums event directly to get to a final practice and sound-check with their band.

We hope that you enjoy and are energized in your off-season (or on-season, for that matter) by these virtuoso performances!

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for more high-definition video highlights from our 2011 Pipes+Drums Recital!

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