Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fun, Fun...Fundraising!!!

Spring has thankfully finally decided to, er, spring!  The sun has some warmth to it, the snow banks have all but melted and I may have seen some apprehensive (who can blame them?!) looking flowers starting to poke through the ground.  Ahhh...spring...that means summer is finally on the horizon!  The Highland Gathering planning has been well under way for months and now in the final stages and Highland Storm rehearsals have already started.  The College is ready and prepared for the busy summer months ahead!  Which College of Piping event or activity are you looking forward to the most?!


A huge thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Highland Dancers at their fundraising concert this past weekend.  They are one step closer to reaching their goal of competing at the Canadian Highland Dance Championships in Montreal.  There was a lively cake auction, great tunes and a lot of fancy footwork.  A fantastic time was had by all!  Thank you!


Our Highland Dancers are not done fundraising yet!  There is a pancake breakfast in support of our dancers' trip at the Atlantic Superstore in Summerside on Saturday, April 20th.  It starts at 8am and it will run until 10am.  The cost of the breakfast is $5.00.  Come out and support your local Highland dancers and have some yummy pancakes while you're at it!


Sorry vegetarians but our pipe bands are selling meat for their latest fundraiser!  It's just in time for barbecue season.  There are hamburgers (chicken or beef), steaks, pork chops, sausages and more!  Please see any of the College of Piping pipe band members to get your order in.  This fundraiser has been generously sponsored by the Summerside Butcher Shop.  Orders must be in by the last week of April.  Support your local pipe bands!

      

 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Dance!


"Great dancers are not great because of their technique,
they are great because of their passion."  (Martha Graham)


Tomorrow is the date!!!  I hope you've purchased your tickets for our Highland Dancers' fundraising concert for tomorrow, April 13th at 6:30pm!  It is being held at Gulf Shore Consolidated School in North Rustico.  There will be performances by Ryan MacNeil of The Barra MacNeils, our very own Trevor Profitt on fiddle (is there an instrument he can't play?!), Dakota Oliver, Kathryn Gallant and Olivia Blacquiere.  The College of Piping Grade 3 Pipe Band will perform as well as The College of Piping Dance Company and our talented Highland Dancers will show us their fancy footwork.  There will also be not only a silent auction but a tasty, tasty cake auction as well!!!  You will also be able to purchase raffle tickets to their "Summer Lovin" trunk raffle.  Concert tickets are $10.00 and are available at the door or at The College (436-5377).  Help support our Highland Dancers so that they can reach their goal of competing at the Canadian Highland Dance Championships in Montreal!


Our Highland dancers were also featured in an article in the Journal Pioneer today!  To hear about all of their fundraising efforts and plans to participate at the Canadian Highland Dance Championships in Montreal, please follow this link: http://www.journalpioneer.com/News/Local/2013-04-11/article-3218368/New-dance-group-heading-to-national-competition/1.  The College could not be prouder of our Highland dancers and their goal to compete at the biggest highland dancing competition in the world! 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The days are getting longer and the skies a wee bit brighter.  The possibility of warmth is greater and the snow has all but disappeared.  Ahhh...perhaps, just maybe, the island is finally going to show signs of renewal.  Green grass, blossoms and budding flowers. Spring has sprung at the College and the next few weeks are exciting ones at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada.  Outside may still be a bit cool but things are starting to heat up inside!


If you were reading the Journal Pioneer this morning, you may have recognized some people in a photo and the accompanying story.  The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada was featured in the newspaper today about the exciting changes that have taken place to the 2013 Summerside Highland Gathering.  To read the article, please follow this link:  http://www.journalpioneer.com/News/Local/2013-04-09/article-3216832/New-approach-to-Summerside-Highland-Gathering/1.  There is a slight error to the article in that the Highland dancing competitions will take place on Saturday AND Sunday of the Gathering.  It is going to be a time!


I hope you've purchased your tickets for our Highland Dancers' fundraising concert on April 13th at 6:30pm!  It is being held at Gulf Shore Consolidated School in North Rustico.  There will be performances by Ryan MacNeil of The Barra MacNeils, our very own Trevor Profitt on fiddle (is there an instrument he can't play?!), Dakota Oliver, Kathryn Gallant and Olivia Blacquiere.  The College of Piping Grade 3 Pipe Band will perform as well as The College of Piping Dance Company and our talented Highland Dancers will show us their fancy footwork.  There will also be not only a silent auction but a tasty, tasty cake auction as well!!!  You will also be able to purchase raffle tickets to their "Summer Lovin" trunk raffle.  Concert tickets are $10.00 and are available at the door or at The College (436-5377).  Help support our Highland Dancers so that they can reach their goal of competing at the Canadian Highland Dance Championships in Montreal!  


The ground is thawing out so that means it's time to start planting!  The College of Piping pipe bands have just the solution to your garden needs.  The bands are selling a great selection of Vessey Seeds at great prices.  If you are having garden woes, the bands can help you out!  See any College band members for an order form.  The bands are planning on attending the North American Championships in Maxville, Ontario this year.  Help support your local pipe bands!




Friday, April 5, 2013

Happy Days!

There's a threat of snow tomorrow but we'll see what happens when tomorrow actually comes.  Right now I've heard reports from anywhere from 1-4cm all the way to 30cm. What I've learned from living here is that you don't know what the weather is going to be until you get up in the morning.  Fingers and toes crossed that if it does come, that it won't hang around too long.  On the bright side, a snow day is the perfect practice day and a well practiced student makes for a very happy instructor!


If the thought of snow makes you want to barf, why not turn your thoughts to sunnier and warmer days ahead?!  The Highland dancers have just the solution to help prepare for the hotter months to come.  They are holding a "Summer Lovin'" trunk raffle.  The beautiful handmade trunk is full of summertime treasures!  There is a beach blanket, beautiful stained glass wind chimes, beach bag and other fun stuff to help sweep away the winter blahs.  Tickets are 1 for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00 and can be purchased from any of our Highland dancers or at the College of Piping.  The draw will take place for the trunk and its contents on June 16th at the year end recital.  Help support our Highland dancers in their quest to compete in Montreal in July!


If the cool temperatures are keeping you down why not get your toes tapping at our Highland Dancers fundraising concert on April 13th at 6:30pm.  It is being held at Gulf Shore Consolidated School in North Rustico.  There will be performances by Ryan MacNeil of The Barra MacNeils, our very own Trevor Profitt on fiddle (is there an instrument he can't play?!), Dakota Oliver, Kathryn Gallant and Olivia Blacquiere.  The College of Piping Grade 3 Pipe Band will perform as well as The College of Piping Dance Company and our talented Highland Dancers will show us their fancy footwork.  There will also be not only a silent auction but a tasty, tasty cake auction as well!!!  Tickets are $10.00 and are available at the door or at The College (436-5377).  Help support our Highland Dancers so that they can reach their goal of competing at the Canadian Highland Dance Championships in Montreal!  


If your nerves are tired of winter, why not soothe them with the some melodic piobaireachd?!  Circle the dates of April 27th and 28th on your calendar.  The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts is proud to announce that we will be hosting and running the 2013 Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge.  We have the privilege of Jack Lee (pipe sergeant of the six time world pipe band champions, the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and one of the most decorated and award winning Canadian and international pipers of our time) judging this prestigious event.  After a full day of judging, Jack will host a workshop the next day from 10am until 3pm.  Don’t miss out!  You don’t have to compete in the challenge to attend the workshop.  Everyone is welcome!  Sign up now!     

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Happy April...

...and Happy Belated Easter!  I hope the Easter Bunny was generous with the tasty treats and the hunts were successful (and you won't find chocolate eggs in six months under the couch...).  What a gorgeous weekend it was!  It felt like a cruel April fool's joke to wake up to the wind and rain yesterday morning but as the 19th-century poet, A.C. Seinburne wrote:  "blossom by blossom the spring begins."  Classes and band practices are back up and running today after a relaxing long weekend.  Lots of fantastic news in the latter part of March.  Check below for all of the details.  March came in like a lion but went out definitely like a lamb.  It's now time to work off that Easter candy and get back at it! Happy April!

Lacey performing in the 2012 production of Highland Storm

Brooklyn performing in the 2011 production of Highland Storm

Congratulations are in order for College alumna Lacey Fischer and former Highland Dance Instructor, Brooklyn Tchozewski.  This summer they will be dancing in the 2013 Basel Tattoo in Switzerland.  This spectacular event is held from July 19th to July 27th.  It is an honour to be invited to participate in such a prestigious event.  Good luck and have fun, ladies!  

Matt Bellia (on the left) at the 2013 Agnew-Harrison Memorial Competition

Congratulations are also in order to Matt Bellia on winning the solo tenor drumming event at the Agnew-Harrison Memorial solo drumming contest this weekend! He has been working with the midsections of our bands this year, and has been a wealth of information for our young drummers!  Matt is the lead tenor drummer for the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band from Ontario.  To read more about the results of the Agnew-Harrison, follow this link:   http://www.pipesdrums.com/ViewObject.aspx?sys-Portal=57&sys-Class=Article&sys-ID=19105.  Well done Matt!

Jamie Troy (on the left) receiving the Overall Professional Piping Aggregate at the 2013 Annual Gathering

Jamie Troy Junior is one of the unique players in the piping/drumming/pipe band world. He is the only professional piper and drummer on the competition circuit.  Jamie is the only judge certified to adjudicate piping, drumming and ensemble.  He is one of a kind!  In 2012, Jamie was a piping judge at the Summerside Highland Gathering and 2013 will see him back again (with his father, Jamie Senior) to judge our drumming competitions.  This past weekend Jamie won the prestigious MacCrimmon Memorial Cairn for piobaireachd and the overall professional aggregate at the British Columbia Pipers' Association 81st Annual Gathering.  To read more about the results, follow this link: http://www.pipesdrums.com/ViewObject.aspx?sys-Portal=57&sys-Class=Article&sys-ID=19112. Congratulations, Jamie! 


I hope you recognized the handsome fellow who graces this month's Piping Times Magazine (see above).  It's College alumnus, Iain Speirs!  Iain had the solo circuit success this year that most pipers can only dream of having.  He won most of the prestigious piping prizes in 2012.  If your not sure who Iain is, please check out the College alumni page by following this link: http://www.collegeofpiping.com/featuredalumni.php.  A well deserved recognition for Iain and his accomplishments from this past year!