July 2017 President’s Letter – Summer Events

Due to travel and competitions for local bagpipers, the Bloomington Pipers’ Society does not run many events during the summer. However, that does not mean bagpipers are not out and about performing!

In the month of July, there will be several opportunities to see bagpipers play in public.
The first, and most major, is the Bloomington Fourth of July Parade. The Scottish Society of Greater Bloomington marches in the parade, and it is a tradition that they also have the Southern Indiana Pipes & Drums play in the parade. Several BPS pipers will be performing with the band in this parade.
There will also be several times in the next few months where pipers take to the farmer’s market to perform in and around the market itself. These pipers will be piping for the Bloomington Pipers’ Society. If you are at the market, come out to say hello and listen to some of our pipers!

In September, the Columbus Scottish Festival takes place at the Bartholomew County 4H Fairgrounds. This event is run in part by BPS members, and features pipe bands and soloists from across the Midwest, as well as other  performers, athletes, and vendors. This is a great event and you should definitely attend it! BPS members will be performing in both the Southern Indiana Pipes & Drums and the Fountain Trust Pipe Band at the festival. Fountain Trust will be competing at the festival on Saturday, September 9.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars with our main season gatherings! Below are the dates for those events – all of them occur from 4:00PM to 6:00PM.

BPS 2017-2018 Gatherings

October 8, 2017
November 5, 2017
December 3, 2017
January 7, 2018
February 4, 2018
March 4, 2018
April 8, 2018
May 6, 2018
If you are a BPS member, and have not received a copy of the set tunes, please contact us at, and we will confirm your membership and send you the set tunes. These common tunes are meant to allow ensemble performances by the membership at our meetings, so get your copy! If you are not a member and would like a copy, please visit our Membership Page to sign up.
Finally, keep an eye out on our YouTube Channel for videos of piping events over the summer. We’ve just posted the Grade 3 band contests from the Ohio Scottish Games this weekend, and will post videos from other events over the summer months.
Happy piping,
Angus Martin, BPS President

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