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Forum: Beer Tent 04-18-2020, 06:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,265
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Games cancellations

As of RIGHT NOW - the only PPBSO (Ontario) games not cancelled is Maxville - the Glengarry Highland Games. My band wasn't planning on going, but I've enjoyed those games many times.

My band's...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-18-2020, 06:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 693
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Marked Internet/Server(s) Slowness

Bashing away can help relieve frustration!

I normally bash my head against the wall. However, I've change WHICH walls to the basement (cement poured over the stone walls in this 140 year old...
Forum: Beer Tent 04-14-2020, 04:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 693
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Marked Internet/Server(s) Slowness

You are right - and yer IT buddy is right as well.
Here is what I have found over the years (working in IT, often "remote" from the rest of my crew) -

WiFi is ubiquitous, not fast. Depending on...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-18-2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 439
Posted By Pete Walen
Practicing & Rehearsing During a Pandemic

An eon ago I had a blog with pipe band drumming tips for beginners. It is long gone. I've been blogging and writing about software (how I pay the bills) for a tad over 10 years. This is the first...
Forum: Beer Tent 03-12-2020, 12:19 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,298
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Parade cancellations

Bay City, Kalamazoo, Muskegon Michigan - all canceled -

Yup - That was the schedule for my band.
All other performances over the weekend and on Tuesday (except 1 - at a television station) all...
Forum: Pipe Bands 02-04-2020, 05:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 681
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Social anxiety and pipe band

I agree with EquusRacer/Michael on this.

Loads of bands and bandsmen have a rather stuffy attitude toward new players - which is ironic, I think. They demand perfection, but instead of smoothing...
Forum: Side / Snare 01-16-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,739
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Why Don't Drummers March in Solos?

In my experience, generally "yes."
Forum: Side / Snare 01-06-2020, 07:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,739
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Why Don't Drummers March in Solos?

If the drummer is moving about, how will the games committee be certain the boards are level?

Yeah, very regional. When I was playing solos, lo those many years ago, judges for solo drum contests...
Forum: Bass Sections 12-13-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,065
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Bass MSR solo ideas

Good question! Alas, there are a LOT of "it depends" answers.

Drummers playing in a lower grade band (which to me is Grade 3 and under) have a hard time with solo tunes as they advance in...
Forum: Pipe Bands 10-25-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,396
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Custom tunic supplier

There are some re-enactor supply houses that might be able to help. It has been a while since I want looking, but I'd be surprised of there weren't SOME of them weren't able to help.
Forum: Beer Tent 08-11-2019, 05:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 600
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Help! Piper Needed Grand Haven, Michigan

You might want to look up Muskegon Regional Police P&D (Muskegon is a bit North of Grand Haven.) Also, Grand Rapids & District PB is close by as well. (Grand Rapids is @ 45 minutes East of Grand...
Forum: Bass Sections 07-29-2019, 06:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,807
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Bass carrier recommendations

Older harnesses are a pain. (Ask this old guy with back problems.) The newer Randall-May/Kilpatrick version (the one Piperrat pictured) looks to be much better.

The object is to get the weight of...
Forum: Trading Post Archive 12-01-2018, 06:47 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 153
Posted By Pete Walen
FS: Lawrie* Silver & Ivory GHB, Hallmarked 1967 - $3000

Silver & Ivory pipes, hallmarked 1967 (Birmingham assayers),
COA by Ron (Ringo) Bowen IDing them as Lawries,
They have been cleaned up, silver polished and played (briefly) by a piping friend to...
Forum: Side / Snare 11-04-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,739
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Question from a piper

I heard those guys compete -
That was Kevin Barry Pipe Band, in Grade 5.
Really solid drumming - made me feel almost young again...

:)
Forum: Side / Snare 09-17-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,722
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: How many lines?

Depending on the particular model/convention, above the line is right hand, below the line is left, if that helps...
Forum: Pipe Bands 09-12-2018, 08:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,025
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Pipe band marching command and/or drill videos

Out of curiosity, are you a new or novice DM?
That might help shape answers...
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-30-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 919
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Service Pipe Bands History

No idea.

BUT - the Lady-wife partied at the Todd (Glasgow) with Strathclyde Fire & Rescue PB the night of the Worlds last year (I was home working) They all apparently had a great time.
Forum: History, Tradition, Heritage 06-30-2018, 05:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 919
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Service Pipe Bands History

Presumably you are mainly interested in bands in the US and still going?

There are a fair number of Police bands in Scotland that were in existence in the late 1800s. With amalgamation and...
Forum: Pipe Bands 05-01-2018, 06:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,239
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Top North American Pipe Bands - update!

Burnetts & Struth is history
Forum: Pipe Bands 05-01-2018, 06:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,239
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Top North American Pipe Bands - update!

Peel is now in Grade 2 from Grade 1.
Midlothian is back in Grade 2 after a bit of rebuilding in Grade 3.
Forum: Bass Sections 01-22-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,081
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Border Cities Caledonian - Positions available for tenor drummers

We still have 2 slots left to fill in the tenor ranks - and are always looking for snare drummers able to contribute.

http://www.bordercitiescaledonian.org/recruiting/
Forum: Bass Sections 11-28-2017, 06:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,081
Posted By Pete Walen
Border Cities Caledonian - Positions available for tenor drummers

We're working on building something that has not been seen at the grade 3 or 4 level in the Windsor/Detroit area in a long time. We are looking for drummers who are interested in playing tenor with a...
Forum: Side / Snare 08-10-2017, 07:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,131
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Tenor Mallets

All of the mallet brands you name have their own strong and weak points. Which one, make or model, is "best:" depends on many things, like style, approach, grip (that's bigger than some folks...
Forum: Bass Sections 07-24-2017, 07:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 815
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Judging flourishing routines in band competitions

PPBSO had a Bass & Tenor Section judge for a short time, experimental IIRC. That was starting up about 10 or 12 years ago. It did not really go far, and was scrapped a few years later.

I've seen a...
Forum: Bass Sections 06-25-2017, 06:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,553
Posted By Pete Walen
Re: Bass Drum Emphasis

Thanks - not sure about brilliant, but... anyway -

As for 5/4s - thin 3/4s on steroids. Same basic hand motion & pulse pattern (1 - a 2 & 3 &) - then, I add a light pulse on 4 and a stronger...
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