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Pipe Band Symposium

British Airways Pipe Band SYMPOSIUM 2011 

On Saturday 15th October 2011 at 1030 hours in the Concorde Club Cranford, British Airways (Clubs) Pipe Band held their first Symposium for pipers and drummers in the South East of England. 

The objective of the day was always to create a friendly mix from local pipe bands and societies to share expertise, stories and generally to have a good time together. 

Highly skilled tutors from the Scottish Piping Society of London included their President Hugh Jamieson and Roddy Livingstone. Piobaireachd and lighter music were discussed and played by those crowding their morning classes. 

In another corner John Haynes, who has circulated many pipe bands since circa the 1950’s and seen many of us mature from thugs to adults, helped novice pipers in his corner of the main hall. 

Enjoying the warm autumn sunshine on the playing fields Alastair Pether put Drum Majors through their paces. 

Pete Harvie from Grade 1 LA Scots sorted bagpipe instruments in the Drama Room. 

In the Pavilion Cecil McCready rattled, side tenor and bass drum sticks with the percussionists. 

During the afternoon a number of us put our skills to the test in a Quintet Competition. 
As was hoped; some of the pipers mixed together and formed their own groups there and then. The ‘Groovy Grace Notes’ won the coveted Symposium Trophy against the BAPB and Gatwick Caledonia regulars. Bravo. 

In the evening some of the survivors of the day gave Recitals on the stage of the Main Hall. Fear-An-Tighe (Man of the House) , Jimmy Mackay, sang songs and introduced the Acts which included Highland Dancing, Piping and Mace swinging. 

It appears that the aim of a friendly happy day amongst rivals and associates was achieved and it is hoped that 2012 will see number 2