Monday, June 27, 2011

It's only just begun...

After months of planning, sleepless nights and prayers for good weather, the Summerside Highland Gathering has come and gone.  After a two year hiatus, the games came back stronger than ever.  Of course, having a band from France did not hurt either!  Bagad Cap Caval's concert on the Friday night opened the games with a bang.  They played to a full house and received a standing ovation from a very enthusiastic and appreciative crowd!

The College's students proved that they are forces to be reckoned with.  From Step Dancing, Highland Dancing, Piping, Drumming and Pipe Bands, the College was well represented in the prize lists!  For a complete list of all prize winners, please follow this link:  All students who participated should be proud of their performances whether a prize was won or not!  It is not just about winning, as having fun is the best prize of all!

Some fantastic moments from the weekend were captured and you can peek through them by follow this link:  Posted below are just some snippets from the Gathering: 

A huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers this weekend (and for the past few months)!  The volunteers went above and beyond the call of duty.  The College could not have made an event like this happen if it were not for people like you.  Whether it was stewarding, bartending, gate keeper or maintenance of the grounds (starting in April!), the College could not have done it without you!  There was no job to small to help make it a successful games!  THANK YOU!!! did not rain on the contest.  The prayers worked!  A fantastic time was had by all and looking forward to the Summerside 2012 Highland Gathering.  Let the planning begin...

Friday, June 24, 2011

That's All Folks!

Another year of lessons has passed.  It seems like September was only yesterday.  The Highland Gathering is upon us and the Cap Caval concert is tonight!!!  The College has seen a lot of change in the past year as well.  A new Executive Director and the addition of a Director of Education.  There were changes in instructors and a new registrar.  The College certainly hit its stride this year!  The year end recital took place this past Sunday and it was a fantastic event to end such an exciting year.  The College is privileged to have such talented and fabulous students!  The pictures below are a sample of what an amazing event it was.  Even the rain and thunder could not dampen the spirits of students, family and friends.  It was a wonderful celebration of hard work done throughout the year.  Thank you to everyone who took part and made it a memorable afternoon.  To see more photos of the recital, please check out the website (  A big congratulations to all scholarship winners!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Let The Madness Begin

It has begun!  The summer competition season has started!  The Moncton Highland Games took place this past weekend and another summer of following the games circuit has started.  With the arrival and passing of the Moncton games, it can only mean one thing...the Summerside Highland Gathering is only two days away!!!  Have you signed up to be a volunteer?!  If you volunteer for a four hour shift, you get a weekend pass to the festivities!  Have you gotten your tickets for Bagad Cap Caval yet?!  Have you got your tickets to get into the Highland Games?!  Are you well rested?!  It promises to be a fun filled weekend with no time for resting!  Are you ready?!

This past weekend was certainly a busy one!  The Moncton Highland Games were on the Saturday and the College of Piping was a force to be reckoned with!  The Highland dancers had a very successful outing as did the pipers and drummers.  The College bands were also highly successful in their competitions as well.  For full results, please check out our results page:
The Grade Four pipe band even took home first prize for the dress and deportment award.  They looked sharp in their revamped uniforms!  Check out some photos from Moncton below (other Moncton photos can be found in the photo gallery:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

It's almost another year done...

Well, it is the last week of classes and only 7 days until the Highland Gathering!!!  The time has just flown by!  The College has seen a lot of new faces this year and not just with increased enrollment but with the addition of new instructors.  James MacHattie, Director of Education, just celebrated his one year anniversary at the College.  Kearsney Smith, Highland Dance instructor, has survived her first spring on PEI (although it still feels a bit like winter...).  Karen Hatcher, our amazing Executive Director, has turned the College around and made it feel like a second home to so many of the students and staff.  It has been very exciting at the College this past year!

Speaking of end of the year, our June recital is on Sunday, June 19!  It is being held in the amphitheatre at the College of Piping in Summerside.  The start time for this fabulous event is 2pm.  The recital is an opportunity for our talented students to showcase what they they have been working hard on all year .  The year end awards will also be handed out after the recital has finished.

Congratulations are in order to Danielle Norris and Joshua Scott.  Danielle and Joshua are the latest piping students to earn their bagpipes!  This brings the total number of students who have earned bagpipes this year to eight!  Everyone who has earned their pipes worked extremely hard for them and should be very proud of their achievement!  Check out a very proud (and maybe nervous?!) Danielle below with her set of bagpipes:


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Only 16 More Days!!!

Until what, you ask?!  The Highland Gathering and Cap Caval Concert!  Get your tickets now before it is too late!  You do not want to miss the opportunity to hear one of the premier French bands.  Did you know that Cap Caval won the World Pipe Band Championships for Grade Two in 2008?!  Did you know that Cap Caval do not wear kilts?  To find out what they wear, attend the 2011 Summerside Highland Gathering!

Did you know that it is only one week until the Dance Parents Committee meeting?  This is a committee that encompasses both Highland and Step Dancing, competitive and noncompetitive.  This meeting will be held on June 15, 2011 in the Main Hall at the College.  The agenda for this meeting is:

1.  Review the minutes from the executive meeting
2.  New Business
3.  Review current funds available
4.  Discuss and vote on:
     -immediate needs and expenditures
     -future goals and expenditures
     -sponsoring Highland Dance workshop for the Highland Dance Instructor, Kearsney Smith
     -Summer 2011 Fundraising (during dance events at the Year End Recital and the Highland Gathering    
       Dance Competitions)

Please come out and let your voice be heard!  This is a committee for the parents to have a say in the dancing programs funds.  Do not be passive.  Everyone at the College has a voice!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Are You Getting Excited Yet?!

Only 17 more days until the Highland Gathering and Cap Caval!  The College is busy prepping for the big events ahead.  The lights have gone up on the stage, the beer tent has been erected and competition entries are flying in.  Have you entered yet?!  This Friday, June 10, is the deadline.  Do not miss out on your chance to compete at the Summerside Highland Gathering!  With stellar judging panels for Highland, Step, Piping, Drumming and Pipe Bands, you don't want to miss out!

Have you bought your tickets yet?!  Time is running out and you do not want to miss out on the unique experiences that the College has to offer this summer.  Have you ever seen a massed band?  Have you ever seen a bombard?  Do you even know what a bombard is?!  Did you know that Highland Storm is an ALL NEW production?  Come to the College this summer and find out what is going on!  Follow these links to purchase tickets to these spectacular events:

Cap Caval Concert:

Highland Gathering:

Highland Storm:

The College Bagpipers had much success in Antigonish this past weekend.  Two contests took place there over the weekend.  The first contest was the Antigonish Piobaireachd Challenge.  The results for that contest are as follows:

Grade 5 Piobaireachd:  2nd place Jordan Chowen
Grade 4 Piobaireachd:  1st place Catherine MacDonald, 2nd place Sarrah Wood
Grade 1 Piobaireachd:  2nd place Sarah Simpson

The second contest that took place was the Antigonish Indoor.  The College Pipers continued their dominance!  Here are the results:

Grade 5 March:  4th Jordan Chowen
Grade 4 March:  1st Catherine MacDonald, 2nd Sarrah Wood
Amateur Jig:  4th Sarrah Wood
Grade 2 March:  1st Sarah Simpson
Grade 2 Strathspey and Reel:  4th Sarah Simpson
Grade 2 Hornpipe and Jig:  1st place Sarah Simpson

Congratulations to all that took part in these two fantastic events!  The hard work over the winter has certainly proven itself on the competition field!  Let the summer games begin!  

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Count Down Has Begun!!!

Are you ready?!  Have you purchased your tickets yet?!  Only 21 more days until the return of the Summerside Highland Gathering and only 20 more days until the highly anticipated Cap Caval concert!  Do not miss out on these fantastic events.  How often do you get to see and hear a world class pipe band on Prince Edward Island?  One that includes not only bagpipes and drums but bombards and other instruments?  Get your tickets now before you miss your chance...

Tickets can be found through the following links (and while you are purchasing Highland Gathering and Cap Caval tickets, you might as well stock up on some Highland Storm tickets too!): 

Summerside Highland Gathering:

Cap Caval:

Highland Storm:

Congratulations are in order for the College's Step Dancers!  The Kensington Step Dance Festival was this past week and the College dancers had an outstanding showing.  The results were:

Emma MacKenzie and Maria Doyle:  1st place duo/trio reel 9-12 years
Sherra Rogers and Sarah MacDonald:  1st place duo/trio reel 9-12 years
Ariana MacFarlane:  2nd place solo reel 10 years
Emma MacKenzie, Maria Doyle, Sherra Rogers, Sarah MacDonald, Mikaila Murray, Rachel Brown and Callie Campbell:  1st place small group reel 13-16 ("The Reel Deal")
Rachel Brown:  1st place solo reel 13-16 years

Step Dance instructor, Samantha MacKinnon, was super impressed with the first place in the small group reel as the oldest member of the group is JUST 13 so it pushed them into the older category!  Well done to all of the College Step Dancers who participated at the Kensington Step Dance Festival!  Check out the photo of "The Reel Deal" below: