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A New Season, Brings Change

Angela Soule

Well, a lot has happened since our last blog post!  We had our Open House in September which had several people come out from the community interested in our organization.  From that, we have some new students that have started and continue to learn both bagpipes and drums.  Our parade band was busy with parades including the Elmvale Fall Fair Parade, Remembrance day and three community Santa Claus Parades. 

As well, it is with mixed emotions that we announce the resignation of Peter as Pipe Major. His difficult decision to step down will be respected as he takes this time to focus on his family and health. We are pleased to hear that Pete has decided to stay to assist with our teaching program.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Kris Bawden who was elected as our new Pipe Major. Kris joined our organization in 2016, after moving to the area from Kingston. We look forward to this change and working with Kris in a leadership role.

Please join me in thanking Pete for his leadership and service as well as congratulating Kris in his new position as Pipe Major.

We have an exciting winter season ahead of us, including our own Christmas Party for members as well, who could forget our Robbie Burns Night?!  Tickets are available through our online form at http://www.barriepipesanddrums.com/robbie-burns-dinner/

Thank you to everyone for your continued support - without the community, we wouldn't be able to do what we do!

Elmvale Fall Fair, 2017

Elmvale Fall Fair, 2017

Barrie Remembrance Day Service

Barrie Remembrance Day Service

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Barrie Santa Claus Parade

Barrie Santa Claus Parade

Orillia Santa Claus Parade

Orillia Santa Claus Parade

The last few days of Summer....

Angela Soule

We've had a busy summer attending around 10 events throughout Ontario between competitions and community parades.  This year, marking Canada's 150th, we were honoured to be a part of both Aurora  and Bradford's Canada Day celebrations.  It's through these parades and local events that we get to see all of our supporters and enjoy the festivities alongside our neighbours.   This summer we held our first annual Barrie Pipes & Drums Awards Night for our members and their families.  A fun evening of recognition, food and music over a bonfire held at Barry and Sandi Gougeon's, Ravenwood.

We've enjoyed the last few weeks off as our own summer break, but we are excited to kick back into high gear for the new season.  We are looking forward to the lucky winner of 101.1 BIG FM's Wake Up Call contest, where we will surprise one lucky student on the first day of school and help them wake up for the big day with a mini concert.  Our first practice back as a group will be September 18th and we have a few new eager students that will be starting up with us as well!  If you are interested in more information on our free, weekly, bagpipe and drumming lessons, we will be having an Open House, Monday, September 25th.  Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more information.

We hope everyone had a great summer and if we didn't see you at one of our events, we hope to see you soon!

 

Angela

 

Marching off the field at the Kingston Scottish Festival

Marching off the field at the Kingston Scottish Festival

BPD Awards Night

BPD Awards Night

Canada Day in Aurora

Canada Day in Aurora

2017 competition season has begun!

Peter Johnstone Schulz

It seems like not that long ago myself, and our Pipe Sgt were sitting in Reay Mackay's sun porch picking tunes for our new medley.  In the span of three hours the medley was picked, and we have been working on it since the fall.  Our pipers & drummers have been attending two practices per week, and hope to put on their best performance of the season this Saturday at the Cobourg Highland Games.  

On a parade band note, we have had the honour participating in the recent Vimy, and D-Day services, hosted by our good friends at the Barrie Legion.  We also led the survivors lap at the Barrie Relay for Life, another community event we are proud to be a part of.  We will also be participating in the Aurora, and Bradford Canada Day Parades on July 1st.

PM Pete