Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Are You Ready?!

Christmas is just around the corner!  Not counting today, there are 26 days left.  Did your stress level just elevate?!  The College has been trimmed and decked out in its holiday finest (courtesy of Elaine and Jane).  If Santa is looking for the perfect gift, look no further than the College gift shop.  There are lots of choices for all of our budding performers!  If you need any help in the decision making process, all of our knowledgeable instructors would be more than happy to help select the perfect gift!

Circle the following dates!  On December 2, 2011, the College will be hosting a Christmas Ceilidh at the College of Piping in Summerside!  There will be music, dancing, and tons of fun for everyone.  Admission is $5 at the door.  The doors open at 6:30pm and the entertainment will be from 7pm until 9pm.  There will be free snacks!

December 18, 2011 is an extremely important date at the College!  It's our annual Christmas Recital.  It starts at 2pm at the Summerside Intermediate School.  Come and see what our extremely talented students have been working on.  Last year was a blast and this year promises to be even better!  Like last year, a silent auction will be held as a fundraiser for both the Highland dancers and the College Pipe Bands.  It is encouraged that people either make a cash donation to the College or a non-perishable food donation to the food bank as entry to the recital. Or if you are in a particularly generous Christmas spirit, you can do BOTH!!!  Nothing says Christmas like giving!  We hope to see you there!

On December 10, 2011, John Gracie will be performing in Summerside!  He will be performing at Trinity United Church at 7pm.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the College of Piping or from any member of the College of Piping Pipe Bands.  Come and support the College Pipe Bands and get in the Christmas spirit while you're at it!  Do not miss out on this fabulous opportunity to take part in a night of good family entertainment!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Cornwall classes and the Grade Three pipe band practice have been cancelled.  All classes in Summerside are going ahead as scheduled.  Please take care when coming to classes.  If you do not feel comfortable travelling in the snow, please call or email your instructor to let them know that you are not coming.

It's Snowing!

Winter has arrived!  Classes are going ahead as scheduled for this afternoon and evening.  The Grade Three band practice is also still on.  Please take caution in these snowy conditions.  If you do not feel comfortable heading out in the snow, please call or email your instructor to let them know that you are unable to make it.  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

November at the College

The last couple of weeks have been tough at the College.  What never ceases to amaze me is the resilience of this place.  Not the College, itself, but the people who come here everyday.  When tragedy strikes, the College family (because everyone who comes through the College front doors is part of the College family) rallies and supports each other (no matter what discipline).  This is what makes a community.  The strength that each of us provides to each other in times of need.  When a shoulder is needed, a shoulder is given.  I am really proud to be part of the College family.  Thank you for letting me be a part of this community.

Congratulations to Trevor Profitt for earning his bagpipes!  Trevor only just started taking lessons this fall and has already graduated onto the pipes.  His hard work has certainly paid off.  Trevor is the first student to earn his pipes so quickly.  Welcome to the wonderful world of bagpipes, Trevor!  

Congratulations are also due to Kate Ross for her success at the Kate Gaddess Memorial Highland Dance Competition this past weekend.  Kate had the following results:  6th place in the Seann Triubhas and Hornpipe, 7th in the Blue Bonnet and 8th in the Village Maid.  Well done, Kate!  

Kate dancing the hornpipe

Don't forget to check out the results page for results in all our disciplines throughout the winter (http://www.collegeofpiping.com/competitionresults.php).  While browsing the results page, don't forget to check out the photo gallery page (http://www.collegeofpiping.com/photogalleries.php).  Proud parents are encouraged to send pictures into the College to be put up on the website.  Please remember that not all photos will make it onto the website due to quality and quantity (this will be left up to the discretion of our fabulous Executive Director, Karen Hatcher).     

For all those pipers who want to keep their fingers nimble during the winter months, the Halifax Citadel Regimental Association is offering winter mini meets.  The dates of these mini meets are as follows:  February 4, March 3 and March 31 (all in 2012).  These mini meets are a fantastic way to keep the dust off of the pipes during the long winter months!  Please see your piping instructor for an entry form.

As the days grow shorter and colder, hunker down and settle in to some winter practising.  It is the hard work that you put into the winter months that will make a difference later.  Steady practice makes for steady improvements.     



Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lest We Forget

On the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour we honour our country's war veterans.  These are people who left home, often under age, to defend not only their own country but foreign shores as well.  They made the ultimate sacrifice.  A lot of them had never been away but the sense of adventure and a chance to fight for one's country was too great.  Anxious families waited for news back home.  Letters were sent and it was a nervous sight to see the local minister approaching your home to give you news that your loved one was either killed or missing in action.  It was a very anxious time on Canadian soil.  In true Canadian spirit, Canadians rallied and made such a horrible time bearable.

Move ahead to 2011...Canadian families still wait anxiously for loved ones to return from war and dread the unknown.  Technology advancements mean that war is now brought into our homes whether from television or the internet.  Terrorism has struck fear into the hearts of many as war is suddenly being waged on North American soil.  Our troops are still making the ultimate sacrifice to fight for their country at home and on foreign shores.  War is still very much a reality.

The College of Piping is proud to play a part in the Summerside Remembrance Day Ceremony.  Both College Pipe Bands will be participating in Summerside's Remembrance Day service.  We hope that you join us as we celebrate our war veterans on November 11, 2011 at the cenotaph in Summerside.  We are honoured to pay tribute to our veterans and and salute those who have served and are serving our country.  As Canadians, we couldn't be any prouder.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Watch Out....

There's a storm coming to town!  Don't worry, it isn't a winter storm...yet!  It is Summerside's latest sports team, The Summerside Storm Basketball Team!  This is the only professional basketball team on the island and Summerside is proud to be its home.  The College of Piping Pipe Bands are playing an active role in the basketball team.  If you would like a ticket or even season tickets, the pipe bands are the ones to contact!  The tickets are being sold as a fundraiser for both the Grade 3 and Grade 5 bands.  Check out these great deals:

Single Tickets:

Single Game Ticket:  $8.00
Family Single Game Tickets (one game, 4 tickets):  $20.00

Season Packages:

One person season tickets, 18 home games:  $100.00
Family package (4 tickets each game), 18 home games:  $200.00

Special Rate for College of Piping Students and Family:

One person season tickets, 18 home games:  $85.00
Family season tickets (4 tickets for each game), 18 home games:  $150.00

Do not miss out on these fabulous deals!!!  The bonus of buying from the College of Piping Pipe Bands is not only savings but helping the bands raise money!!!  How much better can it get?!  Buy a ticket (or a season tickets!) and help the bands at the same time!  It's win-win!!!!  According to a recent poll in the Globe and Mail newspaper, PEI is Canada's most generous province per capita.  Let's show the rest of Canada why.  Buy a ticket from the pipe bands right now!!!! Buy a ticket and help the bands!