Tag: Michael Grey

2021 ‘majors’ / Atholl Highlanders CD / Michael Grey / Kyle Warren

2021 ‘majors’ / Atholl Highlanders CD / Michael Grey / Kyle Warren

The RSPBA has announced the dates for next year’s major pipe band championships. They are as follows: British Championships – May 22 at St James Playing Fields, Paisley, Scotland. United Kingdom Championships – June 12 at Lurgan Park, Lurgan, Northern Ireland. European Championships – June 26 at Bught Park, Inverness, […]

Survey Summary: 100 Years of Pipe Bands

Survey Summary: 100 Years of Pipe Bands

Survey Summary: 100 YEARS OF PIPE BANDSby Michael Grey With over 200 respondents, a summarised view can now be passed along of the “100 years of pipe bands” survey offered last month to readers of bagpipe.news (and those of my blog). In my working life (corporate communications) I’ve always found […]

Pipers. Must. Compete.

Pipers. Must. Compete.

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #66, 2013. Winning isn’t everything, but it beats anything in second place, said the American poet, William Cullen Bryant. Competing pipers and pipe bands might swear by Bryant’s words. The driven need to compete is firmly soldered very near the heart of the […]

Opinions, assumptions and truths

Opinions, assumptions and truths

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #65, 2013. Summertime and the livin’ is easy; fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high. Great words; in fact, great lyrics from George and Ira Gershwin. And while it’s our standard holiday season, with weather that’s light on the back, summer isn’t […]

Survey: 100 year evolution of pipe bands

Survey: 100 year evolution of pipe bands

To support Michael Grey’s 100 Years of Pipe Bands project, bagpipe.news here provides an edited version of his recent survey launch. We encourage all those interested to complete the survey. Bagpipe.news will be the first to publish the outcome and summary. By Michael Grey In listening to a recording of […]

Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band. Niall Stewart's youngsters had a good outing in the Novice Juvenile A grade.

Changes to Grade 4 and Novice Juvenile tunes

The Music Board of the RSPBA has announced more tune choices for lower grade bands competing next season. The new tunes are three two-part marches, three two-part strathspeys and one four-part strathspey. Three marches have been added: Coppermill, Corn Rigs are Bonny and the White Cockade. In addition, the two-part strathspeys […]

Flashbulb memories

Flashbulb memories

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #64, 2013. It’s an uncomfortable truth that any sentence that starts with “One of my earliest memories…” will induce in any person — outside of maybe a Freudian psychoanalyst — a vacant stare, a droop of the eye lids and just enough open-mouthed […]

Two heads are better than one

Two heads are better than one

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #63, 2013. It’s said that every day we each make thousands of decisions. Starting from the moment we wake up: do we get out of our chariots or roll over? And then: if we decide we want to eat, what’s for brekkie, what […]

Bearskin hats and pristine spats

Bearskin hats and pristine spats

GREY’S NOTES by Michael Grey Piping Today #62, 2013. I was at lunch with a work friend the other day when the subject came up:  just how old is the general public’s idea of the stereotypical pipe band? You know, Scotland the Brave, Black Bear, Green Hills and yards and […]