Pipe Bands Kick Off Alma Highland Festival
Bagpipes and percussion will take center stage when the Alma College Pipe Band and the current North American champions Peel Regional Police Pipe Band help kick off the 44th annual Alma Highland Festival with a concert at Alma College’s Hogan Center.
The performance takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, May 27 in the Hogan Center, Art Smith Arena. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door, the Highland Festival Office, and online at: http://almahighlandfestival.ticketleap.com/.
“Concert-goers will have the opportunity to see Alma College’s new Pipe Band perform as well as the well-established Peel Regional Police Pipe Band, which competes successfully at a world level,” says Andrew Duncan, director of piping at Alma College. “This is a rare opportunity for those who enjoy Celtic music.”
The Alma College Pipe Band leads the commencement procession.
Alma’s Pipe Band will perform a mix of traditional and modern compositions, including its competition medley that the band is preparing for the Highland Festival and the U.S. Open Pipe Band Championship.
The Peel Regional Police Pipe Band also will play a combination of traditional and modern tunes that make up the band’s repertoire, says Peel Pipe Major John Cairns.
“From the old standard March, Strathspey and Reel to new tunes written for the concert stage, we’ll offer a little bit of everything, and then some,” says Cairns.
An unusual aspect of the Peel Regional Police Pipe Band is how it structures its membership, says Duncan.
“Most Grade One bands rely on seasoned veteran players, but Peel has taught many of its own players,” says Duncan. “In addition to players who have had many successful pipe band experiences, the band also draws in top young talent from the United States and Ontario.”
The Alma Highland Festival and Games takes place May 27-29 on the Alma College campus.
Posted: Sun, May 8th, 2011 at 8:25AM