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  1. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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  2. saxismyaxe

    saxismyaxe Friends of the WF Distinguished Member

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    Jim,

    As a piper myself, I'll point everyone in the direction of the biggest Great Highland Bagpipe forum on the internet http://www.bobdunsire.com.

    Cheers.
     
  3. CHasR

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    aha! another piper! :D
     
  4. saxhound

    saxhound Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    So ChasR,

    As a bagpiper from southeastern PA, I have to ask if you went to Liberty HS in Bethlehem.
     
  5. CHasR

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    IIRC, they are the HS with their own pipe band, right?
    No, I went to Philly schools, once upon a time when there was an actual music program.
    Incidentally, the third-ranked piper in all of North America lives just outside Bethlehem.
    (And virtual gold medal for you, if you have a pipe joke I havent yet heard! :emoji_smile: )
     
  6. saxhound

    saxhound Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    Yes, and quite a pipe band it is (or at least was). I went to Lehigh back in the mid-70's, and I want to say they had at least 40 pipers in the band back then. They must have started them in pre-school!

    The other big high school in Bethlehem was Freedom, and they had a big fife and drum corps. So every year, it was the Brits vs. the Yanks. Quite a rivalry, and a lot of musical talent to boot.
     
  7. CHasR

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    Have you had a go at the pipes yourself, then saxhound?
    40 is a huge number of pipers. The majority of bands in the NE corridor today are much smaller. Average pipeband would be say, 12-16 pipes, 6-8 drums.
     
  8. saxhound

    saxhound Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

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    No, I'm not a piper. The closest I came was playing a little practice pipe that belonged to a fraternity brother. He was a Liberty alum.
     

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