Thursday, April 28, 2016

Town Hall Meeting


“Making your College of Piping Voice Count”

Our Executive Director, Karen Hatcher, would like to invite all parents, students, volunteers and supporters of The College of Piping to a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 6 pm in the main hall at The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada.  Topics of discussion will include education programs, College fundraising, pipe band fundraising, dance fundraising, pipe band and dance travel, College of Piping events and just an overall discussion on The College of Piping. 
This will be a great opportunity for everyone to engage in conversation on where we have been and where we are going, to share ideas and to help make plans for the future.

Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.  

Sunday, April 24, 2016

2016 Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge

Danielle Chiarotto competing in the Grade 3 Piobaireachd contest with judge, Alan Bevan (right) and reader, Tiber Falzett (left).

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who competed, supported, listened and took part in the workshops at the 2016 Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge this past weekend! A huge thank you to Alan Bevan for adjudicating the contest and then facilitating the workshops. A big thank you also to Tiber Falzett for reading for Alan in the piobaireachd contest, to Ryan Simpson and Shanae Rogers for doing such an awesome job stewarding and Rick Crawford for being the fabulous chief steward that he is! Another huge thank you to the contest's sponsors.  Without your support the contest wouldn't have been able to take place. The associations and businesses that generously contributed to our competition were:  The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, The Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association, MacIsaac Kiltmakers, MacLeod Highland Outfitters, L&M Highland Outfitters, the PEI Police Associaton and Dr. Angus MacArthur.  Thank You!  Below is the complete list of winners. Keep your eyes peeled to our website for photos from the event!
Grade 5 Piobaireachd: 1st place: Dalton Faulkner, 2nd place: Carly MacKenzie
Grade 5 March: 1st place: Dalton Faulkner, 2nd place: Carly MacKenzie
Grade 4 Piobaireachd: 1st place: Carl Brydon, 2nd place: James Gendron, 3rd place: Calum MacKinnon
Grade 4 March: 1st place: James Gendron, 2nd place: Calum MacKinnon
Grade 3 Piobaireachd: 1st place: Danielle Chiarotto, 2nd place: Chris MacKnight, 3rd place: William Duncan
Grade 3 MSR: 1st place: Danielle Chiarotto, 2nd place: Doug Hamilton, 3rd place: Chris MacKnight
Grade 2 Piobaireachd: 1st place: Calum Brydon, 2nd place: Brady Webb
Grade 2 MSR: 1st place: Calum Brydon, 2nd place: Brady Webb
Grade 1 Piobaireachd: 1st place: Sarah Simpson, 2nd place: Kaitlin Kimove, 3rd place: Peter Allen
Grade 1 MSR: 1st place: Kaitlin Kimove, 2nd place: Sarah Simpson, 3rd place: Peter Allen
Professional Piobaireachd: 1st place: James MacHattie, 2nd place: Alex Gandy, 3rd place: James Dyson
Professional MSR: 1st place: Katie Buckland, 2nd place: James MacHattie, 3rd place: Alex Gandy

Monday, April 18, 2016

Post Secondary Scholarship Winner - Dharma MacKay!

The College of Piping is so pleased to announce that the winner of the 2016 Post Secondary Scholarship is Dharma MacKay! 
All of the candidates were strong contenders and fabulous representatives of The College of Piping. We wish we had more scholarships to award, as it wasn't an easy decision. 
Please join us in congratulating Dharma and wishing her well in her studies!
Photo Credit - Susan Topping

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Thank You!

Lindsay Rogers presents the cheque on behalf of the PEI Police Association to The College's Executive Director, Karen Hatcher.

A huge thank you to the PEI Police Association for their sponsorship of the 2016 Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge which is in partnership with the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada.  This year the Piobaireachd Challenge takes place on April 23rd with the workshop being held on April 24th at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside.  New to this year is that we have added a march contest for Grade 4 and Grade 5 and an MSR contest for Grade 3 to Professional.  You can register for the workshop up until the day of (which is April 24th).  To find the workshop form, please follow this link:  http://collegeofpiping.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Piob-ChallengeEntry-and-Workshop-Form-2016.pdf.  This year we have Alan Bevan as our judge and workshop facilitator. Alan is a double gold medalist and pipe major of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. We hope to see you for a weekend of great playing and learning!

National Volunteer Week - April 10-16

We have seen many a volunteer come through The College of Piping over the last 27 years. We are blessed that every single one felt that we were and are a worthy enough cause to take time out of their busy schedules to volunteer with us. We love and appreciate our volunteers, because as a registered charity, we honestly couldn't survive without you! We thank all of our volunteers, past and present, for spending your time helping us! We could say thank you every day, and it still wouldn't be enough to let you know how grateful we are. This week is National Volunteer week, so we wanted to express our thanks this week, in particular.
If you would like to volunteer with us, we have some opportunities coming up in the next few months. Please, contact Sue at sue.mcgiveron@collegeofpiping.com or 902-436-5377 to get your name on the volunteer list!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Monday, April 11, 2016

Family - as defined by The College of Piping

What does family mean to you?  When asked that, you probably think of your immediate family, parents, siblings, children, and grandparents.  But what about that extended family of yours?  The aunts and uncles and cousins and those "family members" that you aren't actually related to, but are so close that they may as well be family.
The College of Piping is a family as well.  It fosters a sense of belonging and camaraderie that goes beyond just being accepted as a part of it.  It is a family that welcomes everyone into the fold and helps you get through good times and bad, the stresses of growing up, leaving home, going to college or university, and just figuring out who you are. This is a family that accepts you where you are right now and helps you grow.  This family is one who will rally around you on your worst day, and celebrate with you on your best!  But most of all, this is a family that is fun.  Yes, there is a lot of hard work that is required of you, in all disciplines, and expectations are high, but the support is there to help you achieve your goals, and set new ones that you might never thought possible!  That is what The College of Piping family is about.

This weekend, all of our pipe bands had practices and then on Saturday evening, they had a pizza and games night, which was a lot of fun!  Here are a few pictures of the evening...

 

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Piobaireachd Challenge and Workshop!


The most fun weekend of the entire year is almost upon us! It’s Piobaireachd Challenge time! This year it takes place on April 23rd with the workshop being held on April 24th at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada in Summerside. The deadline to enter is this Friday, April 8th. New to this year is that we have added a march contest for Grade 4 and Grade 5 and an MSR contest for Grade 3 to Professional (please see the entry form for tune requirements). You can register for the workshop up until the day of (which is April 24th) AND you do not have to have competed to sign up for the workshop.  All are welcome!  The more the merrier!  You also don't have to be a member of the Atlantic Pipe Band Association to attend the workshop.  To find the contest and workshop form, please follow this link: http://collegeofpiping.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Piob-ChallengeEntry-and-Workshop-Form-2016.pdf.  This year we have Alan Bevan as our judge and workshop facilitator. Alan is a double gold medalist and pipe major of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band. We hope to see you in Summerside for this fun piobaireachd and MSR filled weekend!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tartan Day, April 6th


Tartan Day is an annual celebration of Scottish heritage held on April 6th, which coincides with the date that the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320.  This declaration confirms Scotland as a sovereign state.  Tartan Day in Canada originated in Nova Scotia in 1987 and all other provinces were petitioned to recognize April 6th as Tartan Day, which they did, eventually!  Tartan Day celebrations are held throughout the world, but in Ottawa they have a large celebration at noon on April 6th or the closest Sunday to Tartan Day on Parliament Hill.  In 2011 Tartan Day celebrated Canada’s tartan – called the Maple Leaf!


Tartan Day quiz…can you name all the Canadian tartans shown below?  Note: there isn’t a tartan for Nunavut.  If you get stuck, the answers at the end of this post!


























ANSWERS:

1) Maple Leaf 2) Newfoundland 3) PEI 4) Nova Scotia 5) New Brunswick 6) Quebec

7) Ontario 8) Manitoba 9) Saskatchewan 10) Alberta 11) British Columbia

12) Northwest Territories 13) Yukon Territory