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Takes over when Mathieson has to back out
Right now, we have the gift of time to renovate a somewhat stale competing pipe band world.
The pandemic has reminded us that we’re all vulnerable, and the pursuit of perfection is pointless
Grassroots online competitions show us that judging certification isn’t that important
We too often tolerate the unqualified as if they’re all we deserve
associations should focus on teaching new and established players, and less on constant competitions
The challenging pursuits have much in common
Organizations should never be seen to stifle competition
In truth, we’ve been preparing for this moment for a long time
We’ve proven that we can adapt to change, so let’s make the most of it
The RSPBA needs to act first in its members’ interest, business interests second
When things are hard, pipers and drummers step to the fore
The pipe band world is at a crossroads, and Tyler Fry makes an impassioned plea
Why is it many pipers and drummers eventually conform rather than lead?
Further views on how the RSPBA is dealing with its HQ matter
I applaud you highlighting this issue but you can take it from the number of comments you get to your article, that most pipers and drummers couldn’t really care less. That is the problem. The RSPBA is an amateur organisation run in an amateur fashion by amateurs, all be it raking in and spending large sums of money. Apathy is your problem. End off.
We gauge interest not by comments and Likes to Facebook posts, but by actual traffic on the magazine site. The numbers are great, and have at times even caused a slowdown due to bandwidth overload. Also, the unfortunate reality is that active competitors are reluctant to comment or afraid of commenting or even liking because of potential repercussions or retribution on the contest field. (Our own comment system allows for anonymity, if that’s what readers prefer.) The questions and comments posed ion this article are basic. They are what any member of any organization or business anywhere should be able to ask without fear. That the pipe band world continues to tolerate this sordid tradition is the most galling thing of all.
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