Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Feeling Grateful

The College of Piping is an organization that works hard to fulfill our mandate, which is to inspire excellence in Celtic performing arts through quality educational programming.  We see students start taking lessons with us when they are often quite young and over the years, they blossom into young adults and talented performers.  We are lucky to be able to build long term relationships with many of these students over the years, many of whom keep in touch on a regular basis, no matter where they have moved to in other parts of Canada or the world.
We are a charitable organization and we wouldn't be able to fulfill this mandate without the help of many people.  Doug and Debbie Hall, for the scholarship that allows students to take piping and drumming classes at no charge.  The Moms, the Dads and Grandparents who bring the students to their lessons each week and help out by being volunteers.  The volunteers, many of whom have no familial tie to The College, who are willing to help us out when we need help.
It seems fitting to remind you all of how grateful we are for everyone who helps us out, no matter how big or small your role is, your help is appreciated...we couldn't be the organization we are, or fulfill our mandate without you...so, THANK YOU!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald (an American Great Lakes freighter) in Lake Superior, not far from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  The entire crew of 29 were lost and the remains of the ship (the largest of it's kind at the time) are still below, left at the bottom of the lake where it sank. Such a sad day in maritime history.

As an educational facility that revolves around music, whether for piping, drumming, Highland or Step dancing, it is fitting to recognize an iconic song, written by Gordon Lightfoot (who has been referred to by some as Canadian's greatest songwriter) about this tragic event.

If you aren't familiar with the song...here is a link to it on YouTube.

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot

Thursday, November 5, 2015

We Remember...

Please take time out on November 11th to remember those who fought to give us the freedoms we appreciate today. There are heroes who walk among us, even today. We are grateful for your service. Thank you.

If you'd like to attend Trinity United Church's Remembrance Service on Sunday, November 8th in Summerside, our Grade 4 & 5 pipe bands will be taking part in the service. It starts at 10:30 am (pipe band members please meet downstairs at 9:30 am). 

The College will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th for Remembrance Day, so that we can honour all who served.