Thursday, January 26, 2012

College Happenings

With temperatures above the zero degree mark, it's hard to believe that it's the end of January.  Melting snow and rain showers conjure up images of spring rather than winter.  Fingers crossed that the snow storms stay at bay and classes will remain uninterrupted for the rest of the winter!  It's the hard work that's done in the winter months that is the most beneficial when it comes to the competition season (if you chose to compete) in the summer.  While the warmer weather now may be tempting to put off the practicing, remember that summer is just around the corner (well, a couple of corners...!).

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported the College at our first annual Robbie Burns Gala this past weekend. By all accounts it was a huge success and the feedback has been very positive.  If anyone has any comments or suggestions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact the College.  Save the date of January 26, 2013 for the second annual Robbie Burns Gala!  Another huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported the College of Piping Pipe Bands with their silent and live auctions at the gala.  Your continued support of the College and their Pipe Bands is very much appreciated.  We couldn't do it without you!

Clear the date!  On January 27th, the College is proud to present a ceilidh!!!  What is a ceilidh?!  It's a party featuring music, song and dance.  We are even offering a milling frolic at the ceilidh!  What is a milling frolic?!  It's when individuals sit around a table and knead a circular piece of cloth while singing a traditional Gaelic song.  If you don't know how to milling frolic, no need to worry!  We'll show you how!  Admission to the ceilidh is $5 and it will take place in the main hall at the College.  There will also be free snacks!  The doors will open at 6:30pm.

Congratulations are in order to Nigel Waite and Carly MacKenzie!  Nigel and Carly earned their bagpipes this past week.  Both of them passed their four tune audition with flying colours!  Nigel and Carly are some of the College's multi-discipline students.  Nigel is not only a snare drummer with the College of Piping Grade Five Band but he is now on the road to becoming a Highland piper.  Carly is also a successful Highland Dancer with the College and is now on her way to a career in piping.  Well done Nigel and Carly!!!

Nigel with the Grade Five Drum Corps in Antigonish (second from the left)

Carly (on the left) and Kate Ross (on the right) practising their chanters!