Friday, November 22, 2013

What time is it?!


It's ceilidh time!  Our winter ceilidh season is back!  On Saturday, November 23rd at 7pm there will be a ceilidh at the College of Piping in Summerside (that's tomorrow night!).  There is a $5 admission charge but once inside there are free snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.  We will be joined by Scottish country dancers.  Come and learn Strip the Willow and dust off your Dashing White Sergeant! Ryan Simpson will be back as host and he will be joined by other talented acts as well (you'll have to attend to find out what those other acts are!).  Come out support your local dancers and pipe bands and have a time while you're at it!  


Circle the date!  The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada Annual General Meeting is Tuesday, November 26th, 2013.  It will take place in the main hall at the College of Piping at 3pm.  All are welcome to attend.


Mark your calendar!  John Gracie will be performing at Trinity United Church on Saturday, December 7th. Tickets are $10.00 and are available from any of our College of Piping Pipe Band members or the College of Piping.  This is a band fundraiser for the Collegeof Piping Pipe Bands.  The concert will start at 7pm and promises to put you in the holiday spirit!  He will be singing the classic Christmas carols and regaling us with his own Christmas tales.  It's an evening not to be missed!   


Congratulations to all of those Step Dancers who met and exceeded the requirements for The College of Piping Dance Company!  These lucky dancers will have the opportunity to learn a new repertoire of traditional and choreographed dances, improve presentation skills and technique, and learn to work and travel as part of a team.  In the interest of developing performance abilities and choreography experience, dancers will be working towards community-level performances, as well as competing in regional pre-premier team competitions.  Well done to:
  • Mikaila Murray
  • Sherra Rogers
  • Callie Campbell
  • Sophie Toole
  • Alyssa Howes
  • Robert Larsen
  • MacKenzie Stewart
What a list of talented dancers!  I can't wait to see the fancy footwork they have in store!  Well done!


Jamie Troy is gracing the cover of the newest edition of Piping Today Magazine (http://www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/piping-today-magazine/) and is featured inside in an article! Jamie has been both a drumming and piping judge at the Summerside Highland Gathering for the past two years.  Jamie won the coveted Silver Medal at this year's Argyllshire Gathering in Oban, Scotland in August.  He just isn't an extremely talented piper and drummer but he also makes the famed Troy Reeds (http://jwtreeds.com/) along with his father, Jamie Senior (who was also a judge at the 2013 Summerside Highland Gathering and a judge at the inaugural Celtic Idol).  Looking good, Jamie!  

And finally it's Friday:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Happy Wednesday!


This weekend is a time of reflection, thought and gratitude for those who have served or are currently serving our great country.  We observe this day as a nation and we pause in silence and remember those who are gone.  Those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.  This Monday, November 11th , please take the time to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony or church service in your own community.  The College's Pipe Bands will be participating in the Trinity United Remembrance Day Church Service on November 10th (in Summerside) and then our own Pipe Major, James MacHattie, will play the lament at the Summerside Remembrance Day ceremony at Credit Union Place in Summerside.  Please remember that on Monday, November 11th, the College of Piping will be closed and no classes will take place in Charlottetown or Summerside.  Classes will resume as normal on Tuesday, November 12th.     


Congratulations to all of those Highland Dancers who made the high cut, er, I mean cut for The College of Piping Dance Company!  These lucky dancers will have the opportunity to learn a new repertoire of traditional and choreographed dances, improve presentation skills and technique, and learn to work and travel as part of a team.  In the interest of developing performance abilities and choreography experience, dancers will be working towards community-level performances, as well as competing in regional pre-premier team competitions.  Well done to:
  • Allanna Lee Dalziel
  • Shelby Lynne Dalziel
  • Siobhan Doyle
  • Shakira Gallant
  • Laura Johnston
  • Morgana Lockhart
  • Brae Myers
  • Briana Pineau
  • Sherra Rogers
  • Kearsney Smith
  • Alysha Trenholm
What a list of talented dancers!  We can't wait to see what high calibre dancing the College of Piping Dance Company has in store! Congratulations!!!



Circle the date!  The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada Annual General Meeting is Tuesday, November 26th, 2013.  It will take place in the main hall at the College of Piping at 3pm.  All are welcome to attend.


Fresh off of his fourth place finish in piobaireachd at the Glenfiddich Invitational Solo Piping Championship in Scotland and his third place finish in piobaireachd at the Bratach Gorm in London, Bruce Gandy is holding a second Silver Medal Piobaireachd Workshop on November 16th at the Halifax Citadel. It will be held from 10am-12pm and then from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.  The day will be spent discussing the 2014 Silver Medal set tunes on their merit, skill levels required to play them and the technical aspects needed to achieve this.  The tunes will also be broken down through their construction and melodies.  The cost for the full day of instruction is a steal at $30.00.  For more information and to register please contact Bruce at 426-3116 or brucegandy@gmail.com.     


Bagpipelessons.com is at it again!  They are holding a World Online Piping and Drumming competition for November 2013. Sign up by November 15th and make sure your video recording is submitted by November 30th and then await feedback and prizes from the judges!  It's that easy!  What a great way to keep your fingers nimble in these colder winter months. Don't miss out on your chance to compete against players from all over the world by world class judges.  To enter the competition, please follow this link:  http://competition.bagpipelessons.com/.  Good luck!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy November!

I can't believe it's already November...that means Christmas is just over a month and a half away...yikes! But...there's lots going on before then.  Sit back, relax and read what we've been up to in the last half of October!


Speaking of, gulp, Christmas....please circle the date of December 15th.  The recital will be held at the Summerside Intermediate School on Summer Street in Summerside. The festivities will start at 2pm sharp.  Admission is free but the College of Piping is asking for your assistance in supporting the Salvation Army Food Bank. Please bring along an item of food as the price of admission.  A goodwill offering/donation would also be greatly appreciated at the recital with proceeds going to the operations of The College. Students who will be performing are asked to arrive at 1:30 pm.  Please check with your instructor about appropriate attire.


A reminder that there will be no classes in Summerside or Charlottetown on November 11th out of respect for Remembrance Day. Classes will resume on their regular schedule on November 12th.  Please try to attend a church service or gather at your local cenotaph and remember with our veterans the sacrifices that have been made.

Matt Bellia (centre) competing at the prestigious Winter Storm Contest in Kansas City

A huge thank you to Matt Bellia from the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band.  He was out on the weekend of October 26th and 27th to run workshops with the College of Piping Pipe Bands tenor and bass drummers.  A lot was learned over the weekend and it was great to see the huge mid-section working together.  By all accounts, it was a great weekend of learning from a knowledgeable and super nice guy! Thank you, Matt!

Iain Speirs at the 2013 Glenfiddich

While our pipe bands were hard at work last weekend, College alumnus, Iain Speirs was busy adding to his already bulging trophy collection.  Iain was the overall winner of the prestigious Glenfiddich Invitational Solo Piping Championships.  Iain won the piobaireachd event and came second in the March/Strathspey/Reel event to emerge the overall winner.   The Glenfiddich is seen as the most prestigious piping contest in the world with only the best players being invited to play. Well done, Iain!  

And finally, it's Friday....