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#tbt Orillia Scottish Festival

Angela Soule

It's been a busy summer thus far with members competing at solo events at the Georgetown Highland Games, Cobourg Highland Games and the Kincardine Scottish Festival, our BPD Awards Night and celebrating a very warm Canada Day in Aurora.  One of our summer performances that we are most looking forward to is the Orillia Scottish Festival this Saturday, July 21.  It has been six years since we have participated in the festival, so we are excited to finally be a part of the biggest event closest to home! Join us at Couchiching Beach Park and enjoy the day with performances from many other local pipe bands, country Scottish dancing and many other events.  For more information, please visit http://www.scottishfestival.ca.  We will not only be a part of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, but we will be performing at 3:30 in the Beer Tent (it's like they know us or something??)

Following Orillia, we will be performing at the Uxbridge Scottish Festival, July 28th and the Alliston Potato Festival Parade, August 10th.  

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer and that we see you soon!

Ang

 

 #tbt to the Orillia Scottish Festival in 2012, parading under our former name, Kempenfelt Pipes & Drums

#tbt to the Orillia Scottish Festival in 2012, parading under our former name, Kempenfelt Pipes & Drums

 Marching to the field at the Kingston Scottish Festival, 2018

Marching to the field at the Kingston Scottish Festival, 2018

 Group photo at our 2nd Annual BPD Awards

Group photo at our 2nd Annual BPD Awards

 Aurora Canada Day Parade

Aurora Canada Day Parade

First day of school?

Angela Soule

As we approach our first band competition of the season, it is funny how it almost feels like the first day of the school year.  Think about it a bit. 

There’s almost butterflies in your stomach as you drive up to the grounds, looking around seeing if you recognize any of your non band peers.  Then you start catching up on any of the recent news that may not have popped up on social media, run into any previous teachers or mentors that you may have worked with.  Then, as the bands start tuning and getting ready, it’s that first step on the field that you realize, just like the first day of school, where you may stand for the rest of the season.  We all know there is a tight window to perhaps change your fate of the season, but it takes even more homework, extra hours and dedication to make it as an honour student. 

We hope whatever you face on your first band competition day, that at least, you enjoy it. 

See you on the field!

 

 Marching up to the line, Kingston Scottish Festival, 2015

Marching up to the line, Kingston Scottish Festival, 2015

"Keep Going, Keep Growing"

Angela Soule

We are just a few weeks away from our first band competition of the season.  Most of our members have attended solo events the last couple of months, including the Toronto Indoors, Ottawa Branch Indoors and the Kiwanis Amateur Piping, Drumming and Band Competition in London.  We are proud of our solo competitors (whether they place or not) and we encourage all of our members to attend.  It allows for a third party to give constructive criticism, socialize with our pipe band peers and to get out any nerves one may have.  As mentioned in earlier posts, we announced that this year BPD is stepping back from the usual PPBSO circuit this summer.  We are treating 2018 as a full growing year, both as individuals and as a group.  We’ve had some really great progress having workshops with Ellen Mole, Neil Anderson, Dan and Jen Bist and will continue working with them throughout the summer.  We were happy to hear that the Trenton Scottish Festival have added a competition to their list of events this year, as for us, it will show us our true progress as a unit to finish off the season.  Thank you for taking this journey through 2018 with us - we are enthusiastic for what has already taken place this year and looking forward to the next few months.  See you out in the field.

Angela     

 Conor, Rob, Kris and Jeff warming up for the Quartets at the Toronto Indoors

Conor, Rob, Kris and Jeff warming up for the Quartets at the Toronto Indoors

 Drew and Brigitte happy about their placements at the Toronto Indoors

Drew and Brigitte happy about their placements at the Toronto Indoors

 Kris showing off his trophy for Gr2 Amateur Piper of the Day at the Ottawa Branch Indoor Games.  Make sure to follow him on Instagram too!

Kris showing off his trophy for Gr2 Amateur Piper of the Day at the Ottawa Branch Indoor Games.  Make sure to follow him on Instagram too!