pipes|drums reports: Associations’ dues, fees and communications

Published: April 27, 2013

We take a look at 15 of the world’s most active pipe band associations and compare the dues that they charge to pipe bands and/or individuals and the charges for entry into collective competitions and/or single events. We also consider online entry and how they communicate with their members. The result is an illuminating summary of a wide array of costs, with one organization looking for a band of 35 pipers and drummers to pay more than $1,500 just to compete on their circuit during a calendar year.

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Pipers: Need to manipulate your pipe chanter reed? – use a pen knife or Xacto knife instead of sandpaper. You have much more control on the amount of cane you take off with a knife vs. sandpaper. And it is much better for the cane itself; other woodworkers call this technique “feathering.”
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