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Old 11-14-2017, 10:47 AM   #1
salmunmousavi
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Default Have any of you guys been to the College of Piping Summer School?

I have a hankering to sign up this coming year but don't really know much about it past what they have in the description section on the website. Have any of you guys ever been, and is it worth it? What was your experience like?

Anything helps!
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Old 11-14-2017, 12:20 PM   #2
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Default Re: Have any of you guys been to the College of Piping Summer School?

I went for several years before I began teaching there and always got a lot out of it.

I feel that the summer schools offer so much, even if there were no instruction. Meeting other pipers (and drummers) and playing, hearing, talking, thinking pipes for a week. Helping new friends who are earlier in their journey, getting help from new friends who are father along.

Hearing the piping and lore from the instructors was (and still is) always a big bonus for me too.

You get about 5 hours of instruction a day for 6 days, plus evening recitals.

The facilities and location are good. The rooms aren't 5 star and the meals aren't gourmet but they're not at all bad and I have to be careful or I gain weight every year! There are loads of good pubs/restaurants in easy walking distance for evening festivities should you desire. The beach is right across the street and my pipes love it.

I certainly think it's a great time and value but I am a bit biased!

Looking forward to what others have to say and seeing you in June!
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Old 11-14-2017, 12:25 PM   #3
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Default Re: Have any of you guys been to the College of Piping Summer School?

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I went for several years before I began teaching there and always got a lot out of it.

I feel that the summer schools offer so much, even if there were no instruction. Meeting other pipers (and drummers) and playing, hearing, talking, thinking pipes for a week. Helping new friends who are earlier in their journey, getting help from new friends who are father along.

Hearing the piping and lore from the instructors was (and still is) always a big bonus for me too.

You get about 5 hours of instruction a day for 6 days, plus evening recitals.

The facilities and location are good. The rooms aren't 5 star and the meals aren't gourmet but they're not at all bad and I have to be careful or I gain weight every year! There are loads of good pubs/restaurants in easy walking distance for evening festivities should you desire. The beach is right across the street and my pipes love it.

I certainly think it's a great time and value but I am a bit biased!

Looking forward to what others have to say and seeing you in June!
Thank you for the info! I must admit, I am super excited that you responded. I admire what you do with the Wicked Tinkers very much.

And if there were plenty of reasons to attend before, the fact that you'll be there is another good one. I've been teaching myself how to play the pipes since January, with the exception of a few practice chanter lessons and one class with a PM friend of mine. So I think bagpipe camp is pretty much a dream come true.

Thank you for your input, and I am looking forward to meeting you in person!
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