Cold, cold night in Northam.
Friday August 5 saw the band perform one of our regular annual gigs, the Avon Descent pageant through Northam. It was just 5 degrees as we set off down the main street and headed to the the Avon River.
After the parade and a performance at the Start Tower, most of the lads headed back to the Avon Bridge Hotel (via the Commercial Hotel and Bruno's Pizza Bar) where the younger bandsmen put on an impromtu performance for the revellers. Malcolm played for the highland dancers and Nick got up for the solo playing at the dawn start of the race. Special thanks to Mat Bishop for helping with the accomodation booking.
Guido looking happy with his room, which was behind the outside bar at the Avon Bridge Hotel.
LK tries his first ever taste of the Australian delicacy known as the Chiko Roll.
BEN HEADS FOR KALGOORLIE
Snare drummer, Ben Rennie has relocated to Kalgoorlie for work for the next three months. We wish you well for your time in Kalgoorlie Ben, and look forward to having you back with the band at the end of October. Southern Cross is pretty close to Kalgoorlie though...
Accommodation is booked at the Comfort Inn in Ballarat.
Flights will be organised shortly. We will be flying out on Thursday 5th April 2012, and the contest is on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April.
All those travelling are asked to please advise Dave Johnston of your return flight preferences ASAP so that bookings can be made.
Stay tuned for updates.
BAND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.
Reminder: Our 2011 AGM will be at 8pm on Monday 12th September, at the band practice hall. The Agenda includes the: President’s Report, Secretary’s report, Treasurer’s report, and the all-important election of office bearers for 2011/12.
Please come and join us for the meeting and supper afterwards. Please bring a plate to share.
We hope all our members and supporters can come along on the night.
New product: The Bagpipe Mute!
The big sound of the highland bagpipe is not very neighbour-friendly. If only the pipes had a volume control, the practice opportunities would increase tremendously. Enter the "Bagpipe Mute" from the USA.
It's a foam muffler that fits loosely over the chanter allowing playing through two hand slots in the side. It's made from an outer shell of Neoprene (wetsuit material) with an inner core of specialised acoustic foam.
The mute is supported by your hands when playing, and weighs about 750grams. It comes with three rubber corks to stop off the drones, which would otherwise overpower the muted chanter.
It reduces the volume to something not much louder than a good practice chanter (about TV volume?), and retains clarity of execution and doublings. It's a bit like the effect of standard ear-plugs, except that you spread the joy.
For anyone in a small apartment or close to neighbours, the US$99 for it is probably value for money. Check it out here:
Warning to anyone getting married in a kilt:
This is a real newspaper cutting from The Daily Sport, a Scottish newspaper. Stuart should take extra note before his upcoming nuptials.