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Band Practice at Barrie's Heritage Park

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Band Practice at Barrie's Heritage Park

Peter Johnstone-Schulz

This past Monday the band held practice at Heritage Park, located on Barrie's beautiful waterfront.  The weather was great, 20 degrees with a wee bit of a breeze.  We had an amazing turnout of pipers, drummers, and our ever growing student body of pipe, snare and tenor students.

 I sat with my pipe students as I do at every Monday practice, we worked on "The Green Hills of Tyrol", and I'am happy to report that its sounding great!   There is nothing better than having my students show up to practice, play what they were supposed to learn, and we get to move on to the next tune.  

Once my teaching duties were done, I head over to the band and begin tuning drones.  The band is sounding great, and its a pleasure to tune right now.  Of course as the band plays the crowds start to form, joggers, cyclists, families out walking.  Every time the band stops playing the crowd rewards us with their applause.  

Practice ends, everyone packs up pipes and drums, and some head for a pint at one of our downtown pubs.  A great end to a great practice, and the best part is we get to do it again next week!