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THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
September 22, 1981Final copy of The International Piper published.
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UPCOMING EVENTS October 6, 2017Ian K. MacDonald and Andrew Lee in Concert in Scotia, New YorkFirst Reformed Church of Scotia

October 7, 2017The 35th Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Solo Piping ContestFirst Reformed Church of Scotia in Scotia, New York

October 7, 2017Captain John Maclellan MBE Piping ChampionshipArmy School of Piping and Highland Drumming, Edinburgh

October 8, 2017Master Class with Ian K. MacDonald and Ben McClamrock in Albany, New YorkCeltic Hall, Albany, New York

October 8, 2017Bloomington Pipers’ Society October GatheringSt Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IN

TIP OF THE DAY
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.
John Cairns, double Gold Medallist