Monday, December 12, 2011

Congratulations and Thank You!

It's been busy, busy, busy at the College!  It's the most wonderful but extremely hectic time of year!  The College Christmas recital is less than a week away!  Don't forget it's at 2pm at Summerside Intermediate School.  Also don't forget that classes are being held in Charlottetown on December 19th for all disciplines.  These will be the last classes held before the well deserved Christmas break!

Congratulations are in order for Carly MacKenzie!!!  She has recently been promoted to the Premier class for Highland Dancing!  This is a really big achievement!  Carly is one of the College's cross discipline students.  She is also in her first year of learning to play the bagpipes.  Well done, Carly!

Carly (on the left) competing this summer

Congratulations are also in order to Christopher Rogers!  Chris has been nominated for the 2012 Music PEI Awards.  His nomination is the Video of the Year category.  The Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week 2012 runs from January 13-21.  It is in it's eleventh year and has grown into island wide event.  The gala awards show will take place at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.  Chris is in his first year of teaching snare drumming at the College and is also a member of the Grade Three College of Piping Pipe Band.  Congratulations, Chris!!!

Chris Rogers (on the left) at the band barbecue this summer

Congratulations are also due to Mikayla Gallant and Alex Trail!  Mikayla is the newest chanter student to earn her bagpipes!  She passed her chanter test last week with flying colours!  Welcome to the wonderful world of Highland Bagpiping, Makayla!  Alex Trail received his goose this week!  The goose is a transitional instrument between the chanter and the bagpipes.  Alex is also one of the College's youngest bagpiping students.  Well done, Alex!

Alex with his set of mini bagpipes (not the goose!)

Finally...Thank you to everyone that attended the John Gracie concert this past Saturday night at Trinity United Church!  Both of the College's Pipe Bands are appreciative and grateful for the support.  The concert was a huge success and it promises to be an annual event that will put people in the holiday spirit for years to come.  If John Gracie can't put you in the Christmas mood, then nothing will!  On behalf of the bands, thank you!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Weather Outside is Frightful...

but the College is so delightful and from practice the hands and feet are a fluster, Let it bluster!  Let it bluster!  Let it bluster!!!  While it may look more like fall outside than winter, the College has been madly preparing for our annual Christmas recital.  The halls at the College have been a flutter with students preparing for their chance to shine on the Summerside Intermediate School stage.  December 18th isn't that far off!  Don't forget that the recital starts at 2pm. It is encouraged that attendees make a cash donation to the College or bring a non perishable food item for the Salvation Army food bank as entry to the recital.  If you're in a particularly merry mood, you can do both!

Attention Pipers and Drummers!!!  Your Doug and Debbie Hall thank you letters are due soon!  Please turn them in to your instructor before or at the Christmas recital.  The Halls generously cover all the piping and drumming tuition under the Hall scholarship program.  They provide the College pipers and drummers with such an amazing opportunity.  The letter is one small way to show them your appreciation for their generosity.

Congratulations to Sarah MacDonald for earning her bagpipes!  Sarah completed her four tune requirement test with flying colours!  She is now on the exciting road to becoming a great Highland bagpiper!  Sarah is one of our multi-talented students.  She not only is learning the pipes but she is a competitive Highland and Step dancer as well!  Where does she find the time to do everything?!  Well done, Sarah!

  Sarah playing her pipes for the first time!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

'Tis the Season... be jolly AND generous!!!  Did you know that PEI is one of the most generous provinces when it comes to donating to charitable causes?  According to a CBC report, PEI has tied for second (with Alberta) for being the most generous region of the country (to see the rest of the article, follow this link:  Nunavut was considered the country's most generous region.  This suggests that no matter how small, how remote or what the economic standing is, there is never an excuse not to give!

The College has been busy with fundraising galore!  The two College Pipe Bands have been working hard to raise money for the upcoming season and the Grade Three Band has taken on the extra task of fundraising for a trip to Scotland to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2012.  The Highland and Step Dancers are also fundraising for competitions and costumes.  Help support our students in their fundraising efforts!!!

The Highland and Step Dancers are selling tickets for a John Deere D130 Lawn Tractor!  It has a 22 HP engine, a hydrostatic drive and a 42" mower deck...what won't it do?!  Ask any College Highland or Step dancers for tickets or at the front desk at the College of Piping.  Tickets are 1 for $10 or 3 for $25.  The proceeds of this fundraiser go to The College of Piping Dancers' Fund.  The lawn tractor was generously sponsored by Green Diamond Equipment.  Check out their website at:

Have you circled December 10, 2011?!  John Gracie is coming to Summerside!  The Christmas concert is at Trinity United Church in Summerside and it starts at 7pm.  Tickets are available at the front desk at the College of Piping, any College of Piping band member and they will also be available at the door.  Come and spend an old fashioned Christmas with John Gracie.  This is a show for the whole family!   It will undoubtedly put you in the Christmas spirit as he sings his own Cape Breton Christmas Morn.  A not to miss event!  This evening of entertainment has been generously sponsored by the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts and the Quality Inn & Suites.  Come and support the College of Piping Pipe Bands while getting into the spirit of Christmas!

Have you been to a basketball game yet?!  Summerside's newest team has been being stirring up quite a storm!  Fast paced and family friendly, there's never a dull moment!  PEI's own Doug McKinney is on the team (he's number 20, if you are keeping an eagle eye out for him)!  Don't forget that you can purchase basketball tickets from our College of Piping Pipe Bands!  Here are the ticket prices:

Single Game Tickets:  $8.00
Family Single Game Tickets (one game, 4 tickets):  $20.00
One Person Season Tickets (18 home games):  $100.00
Family Season Package (4 tickets, 18 home games):  $200.00

There is a special rate for College of Piping Students and Families!!!  One person season tickets (18 home games) are $85.00 and family season tickets (4 tickets, 18 home games) are $150.00.  This is a steal of a deal!  Good family fun at a cost that is cheaper than going to a movie!!!  A family night out and helping the College Pipe Bands raise money...what could be better?!

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Only one more sleep until the Christmas Ceilidh!  Are you coming?!  The College has exploded into the Christmas spirit thanks to the decorating talents of Jane and Elaine.  The tree has been trimmed, the presents wrapped and the halls have been decked.  The only thing left is YOU coming to celebrate the Christmas spirit in the form of a ceilidh!  Is there a better way to kick off the Christmas season?!

Admission is $5.00 at the door and those open at 6:30pm.  The official start time of the ceilidh is 7pm. There will be music, dance and much merriment!  Come and enjoy the talents of all of our hard working students.  There will also be FREE snacks (thanks to the efforts of our volunteers!) and the coffee has been generously donated by Samuel's Coffee House.  See you tomorrow night!