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Pipe Band Performance to Include Bagpipes, Whistles, Accordion

“We had a great competition season. All of our performances were fun and well received.” — Andrew Duncan

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The Alma College Pipe Band will perform a mix of standard competition and new music for its annual spring concert. A smaller Ceilidh Band will feature pipe band members on whistles, small pipes and accordion.

Performance time is 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

“We had a great competition season this last year,” says Andrew Duncan, piping director. “All of our performances were fun and well received.”

The band placed fifth overall in Champion Supreme Grade Three Standings in the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA). Points are calculated via a formula accounting for placing, competition size and the number of competitions attended.

“We managed to tie for fifth place overall, which is great in and of itself,” says Duncan. “When you consider that we only competed at one EUSPBA-sanctioned event out of the close to 30 held in a season, this is an even more impressive accomplishment.”

Comprised of 19 members, the Alma College Pipe Band has 10 pipers and 9 drummers. Three of those members will graduate this year.

“These pipers have been solid, steady and valuable contributors to the pipe band both as players and leaders over the past four years,” says Duncan. “Most importantly, they have contributed unmatched personalities to the group and in doing so have enhanced the group in many ways beyond playing good music.

“We have a great group of performers in the band, and everyone always comes to rehearsals prepared and ready to work hard,” says Duncan. “We are really looking forward to this concert.”

Story published on March 30, 2019