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Vin Janoski

Vin Janoski
Vin is a long-time piper based on the east coast of the USA. He has been on the Executive Committee of the EUSPBA and been the editor of the acclaimed Voice magazine. Recently, he has played in the Grade 1 Oran Mor Pipe Band, and the Grade 1 Stuart Highlanders pipe band. He currently produces the websites Pipehacker.com and WhiskyTunes.com.... And, needless to say, he spends way too much time than is allowed for any one person playing, writing about, and thinking about bagpiping.

Dollar Academy, Novice Juvenile A British Pipe Band Championships

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Here are Novice Juvenile winners Dollar Academy at the British Pipe Band Championships with instructor Callum Beaumont. These kids have a great command of the music with an aggressive presentation. Quality performance all around.

Quinn Memorial Pipe Band, Grade 3B British Pipe Band Championships

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Here is the Quinn Memorial Pipe Band with their second-place finish in Grade 3B at the British Pipe Band Championships. Quite a bit slower in tempo than what is normally heard, but a good controlled and composed performance with nice unison throughout.

Bothwell Castle Pipe Band, Grade 3B British Pipe Band Championships

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Nice MSR presentation from both corps. in Bothwell Castle Pipe Band’s third-place finish in Grade 3B at the British Pipe Band Championships. Good forward moving drive with a solid musical presentation. Some untidy unison in spots likely cost them a spot higher in the prize list, but a fine performance well worth a listen.

Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles, Grade 4A British Pipe Band Championships

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It’s good to see that the former Grade 1 Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles teaching program is still active and paying off. Here is the band’s winning MSR performance from the Grade 4A contest at the British Pipe Band Championships. Good solid musicality throughout with good unison. A steady performance and presentation.

Lisnamulligan Pipe Band, Grade 4B British Pipe Band Championships

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Here is Lisnamulligan Pipe Band’s winning performance in the Grade 4B final at the British Pipe Band Championships. The band presents a very good grasp of musical fundamentals of the march idiom. Great composure and control throughout. All essential things to master if any band is to build further.

Good Bagpipe Sound IS Moisture Control—PART II

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It’s common for pipers to consider themselves a “wet” or “dry” blower. But calling yourself a “wet” blower or a “dry” blower is basically bagpiper jargon. Neither is true. No one expels wetter or dryer air than anyone else. Part I discussed what is really happening when things are “wet” or “dry.” In Part II we dive into the trouble and the solution.

Good Bagpipe Sound IS Moisture Control—Part I

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Moisture problems in the bagpipe can be confusing. The bagpipe needs moisture in order to work at peak efficiency. Too much though, and problems occur. The external conditions whenever we are playing bagpipes are the same for everyone, yet the build up of moisture is not. So what is really going on?

Sight Over Sound

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It's often said that bagpipe adjudicating can be a very subjective thing. Individual taste and personal opinion are often thought to play a part in a judge's final decision to greater and lesser degrees.

Check-in With Your Bagpipe Goals

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Setting bagpiping goals can be a great way to focus your efforts. Trouble is, they take time, and we are not always the same people (or pipers) we were when we set them. Life changes, changes in priorities, personal growth, new inspiration, all of these things can have a way of interfering with our initial