Thursday, August 20, 2015

Last Night of Highland Storm!


Tonight is the last night to see the 2015 production of Highland Storm!  Have you seen it yet?  It's your last chance for this year! Come and see what everyone is talking about!  Purchase your tickets now by calling The College at (902) 436-5377, email us at sue.mcgiveron@collegeofpiping.com or you can purchase your tickets online through Box Office PEI at https://boxofficepei.com/venue/college-piping.  Don't miss out! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Happy Hump Day!


Tonight is the second last night to catch the 2015 production of Highland Storm!  Have you seen it yet?  Piping, drumming, highland and step dancing, singing, banjo, fiddle, piano and more!  What are you waiting for?!  Order your tickets by either following this link: https://boxofficepei.com/venue/college-piping, by calling The College at (902) 436-5377 or by email at sue.mcgiveron@collegeofpiping.com.  Don't miss out on this fantastic show!  


Have you registered for classes yet?!  The fall may seem far off with these scorching temperatures but classes are less than a month away.  It's easy to register!  Print off the proper registration forms for the disciplines you are interested in by following this link: http://www.collegeofpiping.com/local.php and then drop it off at The College.  It's that easy!  If you are interested in piping or drumming, you may qualify for the Doug and Debbie Hall Pipe Band Scholarship.  What is that?! Not sure?  Follow this link to find out details: http://www.collegeofpiping.com/excellenceawards.php#hall.  If you don't live in the same province, not a problem!  We teach by Skype!  Follow this link for more information: http://www.collegeofpiping.com/skype-lessons.php.  Start your journey in the Celtic performing arts by signing up with the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada!  

Monday, August 17, 2015

Dog Days of Summer!

It's the lazy, hazy days of August and this week is looking to be a scorcher!  Record breaking temperatures are predicted and it seems like summer has finally made an appearance on the isle of the bright red mud and spuds.  It's hard to believe that in just over one month regular classes, dance company and band practices will begin again.  Where has the time gone?


This past weekend the World Pipe Band Championships were held in Glasgow, Scotland.  It was only just last year that The College had two bands make the trek across the pond to compete there.  The College would like to extend a huge congratulations to the Dartmouth and District Pipe Band on their fourth place in grade 3A, 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel on their twelfth place in Grade 1 and Northwest Junior Pipe Band (piping student, Savannah Walker, is a member) on their sixth place in novice juvenile category.  A huge congratulations to the Shotts and Dykehead Calendonia Pipe Band on their grade one win and being crowned world champions!  Well done, everyone!


It's the last week of Highland Storm!  Have you seen one of the best shows that the island has to offer (in our humble opinion!)?!  Highland Storm runs Monday through Thursday this week with Thursday being the last show of the 2015 season.  Call the College at (902) 436-5377 or email us at: sue.mcgiveron@collegeofpiping.com to reserve your tickets. Or you can book your tickets online using this link:  https://boxofficepei.com/venue/college-piping.  Don't miss out! 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Good Luck!

One year ago the College took two bands to the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland.  It was a trip full of learning experiences and great memories.  While the College is not at the 2015 World Pipe Band Championships, two bands from Atlantic Canada are.  The College of Piping would like to wish good tunes and nimble hands to the Dartmouth and District Pipe Band and the 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel Pipe Band!  A huge congratulations to the 78th Highlanders in making it through the Grade 1 qualifier today.  Good luck to both bands as they compete tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Doug and Debbie Hall Pipe Band Scholarship

THE DOUG AND DEBBIE HALL PIPE BAND SCHOLARSHIP

The Doug and Debbie Hall Pipe Band Scholarship is in place to enable Island children and youth to study piping and drumming at The College under the terms of The College’s mandate: To inspire excellence in Celtic performing arts through quality educational programming.  The Scholarship focuses on building excellence.  This is not to be confused with sheer talent or level of ability; this is an expectation of commitment and motivated dedication to achieving excellence.

To remain enrolled in the Doug and Debbie Hall Pipe Band Scholarship, students are required to:

Enter the pipe band when their instructor feels they are ready.
Commit to regular practice at home throughout the year.
Attend every class/rehearsal unless a reasonable reason is given in advance for absence.
Participate in 2 fundraisers per year: one for The College and one for the Pipe Bands.  Band members are required to participate in all fundraisers.
Write a thank you letter to Doug & Debbie Hall – must be delivered to The College by December 1st of each year.
Demonstrate progress in ability and understanding in their discipline.

NB:  The instructors (and ultimately the Director of Education) will be the enforcers of these requirements.  Students who cannot or do not fulfill the requirements – in particular demonstrating a lack of commitment – will first be warned and then removed from the Scholarship program.  They may remain as students of The College, but they will be charged tuition (the amount owing will be prorated from the time of removal until the end of June).

Since the Doug and Debbie Pipe Band Scholarship is eligible to minors, parents will now be required to sign a waiver signifying their understanding and acceptance of the terms of the Scholarship.

Achieving excellence is a shared responsibility between The College, the instructor, the student and the parents.

Goals of the Hall Pipe Band Scholarship:

To inspire Belonging through performing and working with others
To inspire a sense of Accomplishment through learning achievements
To inspire Fun & Excitement through music performance
To inspire Leadership through personal and group competitions
To help each student become the best player they can be

As the patrons of The College of Piping Pipe Band, Doug and Debbie Hall have made it possible for hundreds of Island youth to experience and enjoy the power of music. In so doing, they are providing inspiration for parents to stand up, reach out and make a difference in the lives of their children.

Eligible students must:
Be 8-18 years old
Be residents of Prince Edward Island
Enroll in lessons in Highland bagpiping or drumming
Intend to join The College of Piping Pipe Band once they are deemed capable

A Scholarship includes:
One weekly group lesson from September through June

Value of a Scholarship:
The total value of the Scholarship is $750.00 per year

Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday News!


It's the final two weeks of Highland Storm!  This means that there are only eight shows left.  Have you seen one of the island's most talked about shows yet?!  Directed by Ryan MacNeil and the cast is the instructors and highly talented students at The College.  New choreography, new tunes and new faces on stage.  Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson and traditional tunes with a College of Piping twist. Shows run Monday through Thursday and tickets can be purchased online (https://boxofficepei.com/venue/college-piping, by calling The College at (902) 436-5377 or by emailing at sue.mcgiveron@collegeofpiping.com.  Don't miss out!   


Have you purchased a raffle ticket yet?  Only a month to go before we draw for a 3-year lease on this 
RAV 4 or a $10,000 cash prize!!!  To purchase a ticket you can pop into The College or call us at (902) 436-5377.  All proceeds are in support of The College of Piping’s educational mission statement, "Inspiring excellence in Celtic Performing Arts through quality educational programming."  

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Happy August!

What a weekend!  All three bands have returned from Maxville exhausted but pretty happy with their performances.  It wasn't just a busy day in Ontario but our highland dancers had success at the PEI Highland Games and Scottish Festival in Eldon.  We also had a piping student competing in Colorado.  The College was well represented this past weekend!

 Sherra Rogers with her high aggregate in highland dancing

 All three bands in massed bands

Devin Paynter competing in Maxville

Two bus loads of band members and supporters pulled in to The College late Sunday night very weary but very happy! The trip to the North American Championships was one that won't soon be forgotten.  It was the first time in College history that there was a grade two band there to represent it. All three bands made the prize list in their categories:  the grade two band was third, the grade four band was second and the grade five band was fifth.  The College was also represented well in solos: Devin Paynter was the amateur drummer of the games with two firsts in grade one, Sarah Simpson and Calum Brydon both won their piobaireachd events in their respective grades, Olivia Batten was first in the grade four march for drumming and Director of Education, James MacHattie, was third in the Bar to the Gold Medal. Sherra Rogers danced her way to the high aggregate in the Novice 15 & Over highland dancing category!  Phew!  What a weekend!  For full College results, please follow this link:  http://www.collegeofpiping.com/competitionresults.php and for full band results, please follow this link:  https://www.pipesdrums.com/article/2015-north-american-champions-78th-fraser-highlanders/.  Keep your eyes peeled to the College's photo gallery page for images from the weekend!  Well done, everyone!


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