Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Odds and Sods

It is the time of year where the dust seems to have settled.  Summer holidays are but a distant memory, the Thanksgiving turkey has finally been digested and Halloween costume decisions are being finalized.  It's the lull before the Christmas storm!


The winter Highland Dancing competitions have started!  To keep up to date on all the contests, please check out our results page (http://www.collegeofpiping.com/competitionresults.php).  While browsing the results page, you should head on over to the photo gallery (http://www.collegeofpiping.com/competitionresults.php) to check out our dancers in action!  All photos and results are greatly appreciated from proud parents!  Although please remember that not all photos can make it into the photo gallery (depending upon quality and quantity).  


The Monday after the Christmas concert (December 19, 2011) there will be classes in Charlottetown!  Since so many Mondays fall on holidays, our Charlottetown students seem to be out some lessons.  The rest of that week will fall under the Christmas break.  Classes will resume on January 3, 2012.


Did you know that Bob Dylan has taken up the bagpipes?!  The famous singer purchased a set of bagpipes while he was in Glasgow recently.  Dylan has shown a great appreciation for all things Scottish as he has cited Robbie Burns to be a huge influence and he also has an honorary degree from St. Andrews University.  Scottish folk tunes have a had a major impact on his songs including his hit, "The Times They Are A-Changing."  Perhaps will see Bob Dylan make an appearance at Highland Storm...we can only hope!


Bagpipelessons.com is offering an online piping competition!  This is the third online contest that bagpipelessons.com has offered.  The College's own Director of Education, James MacHattie is one of the world-class judges that will be adjudicating the contest.  The last day to sign up for the contest is November 1, 2011 and the videos must be submitted by November 20, 2011.  To enter the contest, follow this link:  http://bagpipelessons.blogspot.com/2011/10/new-bagpipelessonscom-online-piping.html.  Good luck to all who enter!