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Old 08-02-2018, 02:26 PM   #1
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Default Airy Glengarry and the Inverness Poncho!

As some of you well know, I am now the instructor for the worlds first, and maybe only, bagpipe and drum band with intellectually and physically disabled students in the WORLD. We are the BEETDIGGER Pipes and Drums (the Beetdigger mascot origin has a whole 'nother history that is too long to discuss here--just go with it LOL).
As such the short story is that I played my pipes for my students at Brush High School in our class with several autistic, ID and PD students and nearly every one of them said "Mr. SHAVER, WE GOT to learn how to play those!" So after thinking a bit I said I'd do it. It's not like its the worlds hardest instrument to play, ahem. ;)
After putting out the word, several people donated to our cause including Laura with several Airy Glengarry hats and some of the fantastic Inverness Ponchos! These are the comments so far, given EXACTLY as the kids gave them to me (no corrections):

Anthony: "I'm going to wear mine at home...do I have to leave it at school?"
Cody: "The rain poncho are vary cool for our bagpipe band the hat are vary cool!"
Hayle (our sole drummer): "I AM TAKING MINE HOME! NOT going to leave it at school with everyone else's." "I like it and that to I like both things!"--pointing to Cody in the poncho in the photo. (I think you can tell, she liked it!)
Aaron: "Those are going to be awesome, wait til we get to walk in the parade! I like them!"
Toby:"THOSE are SO COOL!" (Toby will do both drums and pipes)

and Mr. S: "The ponchos are perfect for young people because they are small, easy to put on, and they keep you warm and dry. I could see these used at the kids' track meets as well as anything--plus the fact they are cool looking with that cape! The hats are a GODSEND--there was NO way I could get these kids to keep a Glengarry on made of solid wool. The itch factor with some of these kids who have irritation issues from their autism coupled with trying to get them to wear them in the heat in NE Colorado--impossible. So these are THE ANSWER to a problem I was going to have, and which was solved before it was an issue. If you have band members who are tired of living where you don't need good Scots/Irish wool clothing then the AG is for YOU. I'm going to eventually order one for each of my own kilt set ups I have as well. They look nice, and they don't smother you. I really don't know how you can go wrong with these, if you can get kids that can be very difficult to please this happy--you've done something correct. Thank you so much! (please check out our page, BEETDIGGER BAGPIPES AND DRUMS to see our group in our AGs and Inverness Ponchos on FACEBOOK
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