G’day Everyone! It has been a week or three since I have posted anything to you all. Lots has been happening in the pipe band World and the contest season in the Northern Hemisphere is well underway. With one major and a few minor contests out of the way shall we see some bands step up the game and put pressure on the big bands? It will certainly be interesting to see how this weekend goes with the Major in Annan, Scotland. Keep posted for results!
Thanks to those who are following COME2DRUM on twitter, I am delighted to announce that isoacustic is the winner of the pipe band drum sticks (J.Reid Maxwell by Andante). The winner of the Come2Drum T-Shirt will be announced at the end of the month…so you still have time to subscribe to the COME2DRUM blog and be in with a chance to win!
COME2DRUM is delighted to share 100+ pipe band drum scores with you all. As of today, you can visit www.come2drum.com and look at our “music” section. You will find pipe band marches, strathspeys and reels. They are written from composers all over the World and for different skill levels. We have even posted massed band drum scores from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America! Go and check it out, if you would like to submit some scores then please email them directly to email@example.com. (Another COME2DRUM T-Shirt is up for grabs for the best pipe band drum score!).
It still amazes me that Scottish music is thriving in the most unusual places. Dubai, Berlin, South Africa, India, South America and the list goes on. People clearly have a connection to their Scottish heritage or simply love the sound of Scottish pipe bands!? Recently I received a CD in the post from an online drumming student in Germany. The CD “Claymore Pipes and Drums – Live in Munich” is a great example of great pipe band music, innovative arrangements and a fun recording. It was pleasurable listening, with some old classics, modern compositions and intriguing transitions. A very smart layout – kicking off with Green Hills of Tyrol and then finishing the CD with “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”. Clearly a band that enjoys performing, trying new things and presenting traditional Scottish music. Well done Guys on a great job! If you would like to support the band and enjoy some great tunes then you can buy the cd @ http://www.c-p-d.de/bestellung.html
Here’s a wee bit of food for thought for you drummers : “Practice smart and often. Set yourself some clearly defined short-term goals, so when you sit down to practice you have a plan and an outcome. Even a 20 minute practice should have meaning. Happy drumming!”.
So what are your thoughts on the direction that pipe bands are taking? Have a listen to this performance from the City of Regina Pipe Band. A very innovative approach to the pipe band competition medley. I feel that this is the direction we need to take our art form if we want to continue attracting people to watch and take part.
In the meantime – Happy Drumming…and piping! 🙂
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