We would like to wish all of you a very happy St. Patrick’s season. For most pipers and drummers, this single day feast becomes weeks of performances helping the global community celebrate one of their favorite annual holidays. Many may assume that bagpipes are Irish due to the strong association with St. Patrick’s Day festivities, but we know that the instrument being played regardless of the origin of the tune selection are Great Highland Bagpipes from Scotland. What you might find the opportunity to share is that St. Patrick himself wasn’t even Irish, he is thought to have been born in England or possibly Scotland and was taken to Ireland as a teenager. It was on the Emerald Isle where as an adult he became known as a missionary for which he is venerated.
What is undisputed is that the sound of the pipes and drums are directly linked to the tradition of St. Patrick’s Day. This is particularly true here in America where nearly every town and city hosts their largest parades of the year. These pageants would be incomplete without pipers, drummers, and bands, playing a mixture of Irish and Scottish tunes invariably on the Great Highland Bagpipes. We hope that all of our students enjoy the opportunity to share their talents and these traditions during this holiday season.
Don’t forget to get registered for camp by April 1st to save $30 on your tuition.You work so hard at summer camp to improve your piping and drumming skills, why not use those talents to pay for the next year’s instruction? Perhaps one of your St. Patrick’s Day performances can pay your deposit for you, or with just a few gigs you might even be able to cover the whole package!