The legend of Genghis Khan is notorious, even to this day. The image of the barbarous, Mongol hordes washing across continents raping, plundering, and killing has been immortalized in history, movies, and art. But such a strong individual as Genghis Khan can teach us and thing or two…about bagpipes.
As we move deep into the major pipe band contests, here is a bit of vintage quality that was considered the top of the field in its day: Dysart & Dundonald at the 1974 World Pipe Band Championships. Bob Shepherd is at the helm for this 2nd place performance. Dysart was one of the more
Once upon a time, choosing a good chanter reed was a lot like choosing ripe melons in a marketplace. You poked, squeezed, scrutinized, and fondled until you found the one that satisfied you, leaving a lot of underripe and rotten ones behind.
Here is a performance by the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band playing “Steam Train to Mallaig,” a highlight of their 1996 concert CD release “Live n’Well.” Once upon a time, piping folk would pilgrimage to the pre-Worlds concert in Motherwell, Scotland, long before Piping Live! and the classy digs of the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall.
We’ve all had them. Memory lapses while playing. You hit the third part of your march and draw a blank. An inability to recall the start of a tune you want to play. How do you overcome those moments and what can you do to make sure they never happen?
Playing Highland bagpipes is a physical experience. To become better players, we often work to develop the the physical mechanics of playing the instrument. But how many pipers think that working out our brains can make us better players as well?
The World Pipe Band Championships is the ideal venue to hear pipe bands at their best. Bands build their performances throughout the year to peak at just the right time in August so that all things fall into place for Glasgow Green. So, how do the judges pick winners?