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Old 03-19-2007, 12:54 PM   #1
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Going off the Invermark thread, what would a typical day at the Balmoral Piping School be like for an intermediate piper???

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Old 03-19-2007, 02:41 PM   #2
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You'll spend an hour in a class in the morning and another hour in a class in the afternoon. You can also sit in on other classes during the day, and they have maintenance and tuning seminars in the evening.
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Old 03-20-2007, 05:19 PM   #3
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I haven't been for a couple of years due to being in the MARINES but I went for 2 weeks 4 years in a row and it was great. Wake up to the sound of pipes go to breakfast take a class practice, practice,go to lunch go to a class , practice ,practice then go to an evening class for everyone on pipe maintenance. Commence to having a great time for the rest of the night.Great people, Great instructors,Great Times had by most
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Old 03-20-2007, 06:09 PM   #4
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Iain and MacAngus have it right, but I want to point out there is also a recital usually on Thursday and also, you will want to bring a recording device. I love the Balmoral Schools and the instruction is really exceptional as you can see by the list of pipers and drummers.

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Old 03-21-2007, 10:40 AM   #5
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Originally posted by MacAngus:
Great people, Great instructors, Great Times had by most
I really have to echo what Mr. 'Mac'Angus said. It was one of the most memorable piping experiences I had growing up. It certainly helped make me the player I am today. Excellent atmosphere for a beginner, intermediate or advanced player. Hope you attend..

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Old 03-23-2007, 05:16 AM   #6
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Definitely try and go, mate. Especially since you're near Philly, as on of the sites is East Stroudsburg University. I can only strongly echo what Mike and MacAngus said. Balmoral (and specifically Alisdair and Scot Walker) taught me how to sight-read, among other things. And you make good friends. I still talk to guys and girls that I first met over 6 years ago. The whole thing is definitely an experience. Like Mike said, hope you attend.

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Old 03-24-2007, 03:32 AM   #7
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Howdy, "Rangers"

Definitely worth the time and the $$$, pardner

Attended a couple of years ago, and can confirm all of what you've already read from "alumni".

The only reason that I've not been back is a scheduling / timing issue.

"Try it . . . you'll LIKE it!" really is true in this instance

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Old 04-04-2007, 09:10 PM   #8
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I've got to agree with the others on this rangerspiper. I went most summers while I was in my teens and made most of my best piping friendships there (including MacPiper and Mike).

I went to Invermark too but felt I learned more and had way more fun at Balmoral. IMHO, there was less favoritism and more individual attention at Balmoral, though things may have changed since I was there.

I'd suggest that no matter where you go look around now for scholarships. As a young piper they're easy to come by and you can probably get at least a week's tuition for free.

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