A New Kind of Pipe Band

September 23, 2010 on 5:17 pm by Michael Grey | In Music, Pipe Bands | Comments Off on A New Kind of Pipe Band

The last couple of weeks have seen a surprising spike in the disappearance of drum corps leadership around the world. I know it’s a temporary moment of change for all affected bands and a coincidence that so many top bands have experienced big drum corps change but…I wonder.

Should the trend continue – unlikely, I hope – some pipe bands will be put in an unpleasant spot.

What to do with a gap in the snare section?

Greatest opportunity comes from times of change, said the wise man; so maybe that’s what happens. If Highland bagpipers are hard-wired to compete – and I sorta think they are – just maybe that is what happens.

I wonder if the day will come where we see pipe band competition on offer where there’s no requirement to include percussion? A band of pipers. Skirlin’ stylin’. A band of peeps.



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