the IRISH CUP SONG, in gaelic, "i am gonna miss ya"

Monday 23 September 2013 at 12:54 pm

it doesnt get any better than this; joe

BAGPIPES: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2008: SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND PIPE BAND

Sunday 22 January 2012 at 07:17 am

BAGPIPES: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2008: SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND PIPE BAND

AN AMAZING PICKUP BAND OF GOLD MEDALISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

BAGPIPES: AT ITS BEST: A CLIP OF A GOLD MEDAL PICKUP BAND

Sunday 22 January 2012 at 07:08 am

BAGPIPING AT ITS BEST: A CLIP OF A GOLD MEDAL PICKUP BAND

bagpipes; THE STORY OF THE SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND

Sunday 22 January 2012 at 06:53 am

BAGPIPES; PIPING AT ITS BEST; YOU GOTTA LISTEN

David Machell - Musician, Educator, Friend, writes

Friday 04 March 2011 at 8:08 pm

The Saint Patrick's Pipe Band of Glastonbury, CT. Largely started by my Mother's five brothers who played the pipes and my grandfather who served as the band treasurer when they came to this country from county Armagh, Ireland in 1923 and settled in Manchester, CT, known in those days as a manufacturer of silk and other textiles (the Cheney Mills--a strong attraction for immigrants). Since then, I had cousins belong to the band, as well as my Father, Ernest Machell. Collectively I had 20 years in the Band (that's a lot of wind!!). I started playing at 7 years of age. The first parade I was in was in Holyoke, MA. We accompanied a car with John and Jackie Kennedy in the back seat! That was 1958 two years before he ran for president. We got to play for many famous people because there were probably only two Irish bagpipe bands in the eastern U.S., most were Scottish, of course.
The Band has been going strong since its beginnings in the 1930's. I hope many years into the future!

Best of Individual Virtuoso Pipers - World

Wednesday 19 January 2011 at 1:43 pm

work in progress

Jack Lee: World Champion Bagpiper Live on Maui '06

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Best of Simon Frasier University - Vancouver

Wednesday 19 January 2011 at 1:38 pm

work in progress..

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Best of Pipe Bands in Competition

Wednesday 19 January 2011 at 1:26 pm

These are videos of the greatest bands in the world in 2010.  Aficionados of Piping are in awe at the precision of fingering movements, syncopation, quality of tone, steadiness of play, speed of movements, execution of breaks and duration of play of these bands.

What sets Grade One bands apart are:  long hours of practice from early child hood (for most) as a band.  Bagpipes have four reeds that must be played under constant pressure (therefore the need of the bag for air resevoir) at all times.  Competition points are deducted for the slightest waver in tone or beat.  For high quality tone to be achieved every piper and every reed must be in unison through at least the first four harmonics on every note.

The scale of the bagpipe is unique and close to a mixolean scale.  It was originally based on an old Gaelic Vocal Scale.  Years ago, the pipes ranged from Low G to High A.  The low A was close to concert A at 440 hertz.  Over the past hundred or so years, the chanters were made with higher pitches because it was more pleasing to the ear.  Currently, the Low A on pipe chanters is above 480 hertz.  

One distinctive feature of piping is the grace note.  There are more than 100 grace notes, some of which have as many as nine notes. Most melody notes are played with an accompanying grace note.

Even the world's greatest symphonies and orchestras would be challenged to  maintain this level of viruosity at the band level. 

T

Simon Fraser University at the Worlds 2010

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