Friday, 28 October 2011

RSPBA membership

Just a quick note to say that we have added eight new members to the RSPBA list for 2012.

In time you may well receive a members details form from the RSPBA Glasgow office to complete and return. Its important that you respond to this inquiry as its submission will complete your membership.

You will be alloted an RSPBA membership number which in time is used to check that you belong to the Jersey Pipe Band and can take part in RSPBA events and activities.

We are looking into which events may be of interest to our members. Check out their website for more details.

A new season starts

Well, summer is over and its time to get back to some piping.

The Pipe Major and Leading tip have agreed the play list and there is as we expected a few tunes to stretch us all but pleasingly the list still includes the Academy Play list of tunes. To recap: if you are an Academy member your priority tunes are:

  • Teribus & Chorriechoillie

  • Green Hills set

  • Mahri's wedding and Scotland the Brave (STB)

  • Wings set

  • The Gael

  • Competition Set (new but will run through it in a few months time)

  • There are other tunes in the play list but that's enough to get on with.

    A reminder: if you can not make practice please call me well in advance as there's no point me going up to the hall if no one else turns up as I know these tunes!!!   It happens!

    Saturday, 8 October 2011

    Lets get down to so work

    We are at the stage of having to learn the tunes we have been going through these last few months. It's not difficult as we have had a workshop on the method to use so please get the chanter out with the music and pick them up and practice, rehearse and learn! Don't just pay lip service to that just before a practice! Do it regularly to give your mind and fingers a chance! The tunes you need to have off by heart are:

    -Teribus and corriechoilles welcome
    Green Hills and when the battle is ore
    Maoris wedding and Scotland the brave

    Tuesday, 20 September 2011

    We have a new pipe band website

    Its been a long and weary day as it's been spent with young KB setting up a new website.
    Please check it out and give us your feedback.

    We begin practice on Thursday night so we look forward to seeing you all again then.
    Its amazing to think that our new website can be accessed by mobile phone! Life is so cool man! In fact its A W E S O M E !

    Yours in piping.....

    Monday, 12 September 2011

    Summer is over and we start at the hall again

    Well, that's the summer over and my goodness has autumn come in like a lion! We will be learning the competition set and in all there are four tunes but nothing too difficult. The music for the first two tunes will be on your email so take it with you so we can run through them this Thursday, 15th September from 7 p.m. at the academy part of the evening. The main band players will artrive from 7.45 p.m. as usual.

    The photo below was taken at Howard Davis Park in August, which prompts me to update you on the progress of the new tartan:

    We are making arrangements to get the new tartan sample down to the island and our kilt maker is trying to get flights down on one of the preferred three suggested week ends:17/18th; 24/25th September and 1/2 October. The aim is to get as many of the band members measured up for the new kit on the week end and to get some of us trained on how to measure for kilts, jackets, waistcoats etc.  Clearly we will not all be around at the time of the kilt makers visit so don't worry if you are not as someone will be able to take them for you when you are available.

    We are also at the stage of getting our new tartan name approved by the Jersey authorities. This is a necessary prerequisite to getting our tartan registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans.

    Friday, 22 July 2011

    Dates for the diary

    Remember the following please:

    • Busking St Helier 11.30 am on Saturday 6th August
    • Howard Davis Park evening of 9th August
    • Wedding - 27th August (more details top follow)

    The Academy takes a break in August but the main band players will not, and so the last event of the academy will be the workshop on Sunday 31 July 9.00 to 11.00 a.m. (refer below)

    Tuesday, 19 July 2011

    Howard Davis Park

    Well done to V for her first public appearance with the band on the evening of 19 July 2011. It was great to have her in the ranks to play "Teribus and Corrichoillies Welcome" and "the girl did well!"Keep up the good work V!

    We have agreed a workshop session for Sunday 30 July from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. which will be the last practice for the Academy members before summer break. We will reconvene on September on 8th September at 7.00 p.m. In August the main band will press on to learn new tunes.

    More details will be given on Thursday night re the venue, so hope you can make it. If you can't then email me and i will supply the info  you need.
    Home bakes are not guaranteed....................................

    We intend to have a tutor available for each attendee so please confirm to me so that I can make suitable arrangements for you. The idea is to have group sessions and then have short break-out sessions with a tutor so that you can ask questions etc and work to find the best way for you to learn new tunes. I will make sure we have some coffee, tea and buns to hand!