100′s of you pipers and drummers have finally completed the 2012 Pipe Band competing season…and what a magnificent season it has been – I have personally enjoyed the great music produced by so many great pipe bands from around the World.
Now the big question we have to ask ourselves is… how long of a break will we take before getting back into the routine of band practice? The thought of “pipe band free” weekends is like a dream for you all – actually spending some time with your family, rather than your pipe band “family”.
Personally – I do enjoy the winter down time with my family and friends, and getting into other projects that have been cast aside for 6 months. However, I know there is a fine balance between having a “break” and going backwards.
The winter season consists of a few key factors that can help set up up for the season ahead :
Rest – take a month off to enjoy some other non pipe band activities and to reinvigorate yourself.
Recruitment – looking at new players to join the team and bring a new dynamic and experience with them.
Development of Technique – the winter season provides you with the time to work on individuals, hone in on technique issues and develop the corps musically.
Composition – the leaders of the band can use this time to plan the musical journey for the season ahead. This is such an important and time-consuming task. Picking the right music is extremely important – not only the skill level of the music, but also how they flow together.
Socialising – its super important to keep the team together during the off-season, planning quiz nights and fundraising events can be very productive to keep a sense of community within the band – and also a chance to raise some $$ for the band.
Does anyone else have any suggestions on how to use the off season?