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May Gathering – May 6, 2018

The May Gathering of the Bloomington Pipers’ Society will take place on May 6, 2018! This is the last gathering before the summer season, so come on out.
The meeting’s first hour will be headed up by Angus Martin, giving a piobaireachd mini-workshop. The tune which will be reviewed is Clan Campbell’s Gathering. Angus will also be providing a crash-course in piobaireachd embellishments, the Piobaireachd Society notation, and piobaireachd construction. Always wanted to learn a bit of piobaireachd, but always have been intimidated, or simply never had the opportunity? Come on out!
The second hour we’ll play through the Pipers’ Society set tunes which we have already covered since December, and will have the opportunity for individuals and groups to play their performing and competition sets for the summer.
The tunes we’ll play through:
  • Skye Boat Song
  • Oft in a Stilly Night
  • Rocking the Baby
  • Dawning of the Day
  • Minstrel Boy
  • Kelly the Boy from Killane
  • Atholl Highlanders (4 parts)
We hope to see you on May 6!
  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • 3800 E 3rd Street (corner of east 3rd and Smith Road)
    • Enter through the west end doors
  • Sunday, May 6th
  • 4:00 – 6:00pm
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March Gathering – March 11th, 2018

The March Gathering of the Bloomington Pipers’ Society will take place on March 11, 2018!
In our first hour we’ll be doing tune recaps and walking through two new tunes! The new tunes will be Minstrel Boy, and Kelly the Boy From Killane. Grade 1 piper and FTPB pipe sergeant Angus Martin will lead the tune walk-through session. This portion will run from 4:00PM to 5:00PM.
At 5:00PM, Dr. John Holcombe will be running a mini-workshop on the use of water manometers for blowing control and tone training. If you already have a water manometer, bring it alone! Otherwise, John will have 5 additional manometers available for use. This workshop is free.
Music will be provided for the tune session, and instructions and directions to build your own water manometer will be provided for the workshop.
  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • 3800 E 3rd Street (corner of east 3rd and Smith Road)
    • Enter through the west end doors
  • Sunday, March 11th
  • 4:00 – 6:00pm
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February Gathering – February 4th, 2018

The February Gathering of the Bloomington Pipers’ Society will take place on February 4, 2018! The event begins at 4:00PM, with a bagpipe competition preparation session starting at 4:30PM.Pipe Major Campbell White will be running a session to help individuals get ready for performing in competition in the coming season, starting at the February 24 Louisville Competition.
From 4:00PM to 4:30PM, there will be a review of the December and January Pipers’ Society set tunes – Skye Boat Song, Oft in a Stilly Night, Rocking the Baby, and Dawning of the Day.
  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • 3800 E 3rd Street (corner of east 3rd and Smith Road)
    • Enter through the west end doors
  • Sunday, February 4th
  • 4:00 – 6:00pm
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January Gathering – January 7th, 2018

Happy New Year!

This month we will be continuing our BPS 2018 Set Tunes walkthrough in the first hour. We’ll recap the December 2017 tunes quickly, then dive into January’s tunes – the short jig Rocking the Baby, and the 4/4 march Dawning of the Day.

In the second hour we will kick off the new year with free play sessions for local and regional bagpipers. Do you have a tune you’d like others to take a listen to, a set of bagpipes you think other pipers would be interested in, or some difficulty with some reeds? Bring your pipes out and join us!

We’re continuing our membership drive! Sign up sheets for BPS membership will be available, and we are currently finalizing layout and design for the new BPS tune books. Check, cash, and PayPal is accepted. Individual memberships are $25 per year, and Family memberships are $40 per year. Please see our Membership page for more details.

Come out and celebrate the start of the Pipers’ Society’s 3rd year!

  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • 3800 E 3rd Street (corner of east 3rd and Smith Road)
    • Enter through the west end doors
  • Sunday, January 7th
  • 4:00 – 6:00pm
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December Gathering – December 3rd, 2017

Grab your chanters and pipes and come out to work through some of the BPS tunes list! Grade 1 bagpiper and teacher Angus Martin will be running through tunes from the BPS tune book – Skye Boat Song, and Oft in a Stilly Night – as part of a new series. Loose sheets will be available for pipers looking to join the walk-through.

Sign up for BPS membership and receive your own copy of the BPS Set Tunes book at the January Gathering! Membership forms will be available on Sunday. Individual memberships are $25 per year, and Family memberships are $40 per year.

The second hour will be a free play time for pipers to blow out the cobwebs before they go home for the holidays to entertain their families. Come out for some lively music!

  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • 3800 E 3rd Street (corner of east 3rd and Smith Road)
    • Enter through the west end doors
  • Sunday, December 3rd
  • 4:00 – 6:00pm
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November Gathering – November 5th, 2017

Welcome to the holiday season preparation Gathering of 2017 the season of the Bloomington Pipers’ Society! Pipers, drummers, dancers, and those who enjoy spending time with us are all welcome (bring friends).

Grade 1 piper and teacher, Angus Martin, will work with the pipers present to learn a selection of traditional holiday tunes and get them up on pipes by the end of the gathering. Pipers, please bring your practice chanters in addition to your bagpipes.

  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • 3800 E. 3rd Street (corner of east 3rd and Smith Road)
    • Enter through the west end doors
  • Sunday, November 5th
  • 4:00 – 6:00pm
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October Gathering – October 8th, 2017

Welcome to the first Gathering of the 2017-2018 season of the Bloomington Pipers’ Society! Pipers, drummers, dancers, and those who enjoy spending time with us are all welcome (bring friends). We will take some time at this first Gathering of the season to discuss the upcoming Gatherings and see what sorts of performances everyone is interested in attending.

We will have group performances of Great Highland Bagpipes, soloists, our closing piobaireachd, and others!

  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • 3800 E. 3rd Street (corner of east 3rd and Smith Road)
  • Enter through the west end doors
  • Sunday, October 8th
  • 4:00 – 6:00pm
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Band videos from Chicago 2017

Audio on the left and audio/video on the right

The Society recorded video of most of the bands competing at the 2017 Chicago Scottish Festival & Highland Games. We apologize that we were not able to record the Grade 5 bands.

We hope you enjoy the recordings.

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2017-2018 Season

The board of directors have set the dates and times for our new season for 2017-2018! Some changes are coming, the biggest of which is the addition of an extra month to our main season. We will now be holding gatherings from October through May, rather than October through April.

October 8, 2017
November 5, 2017
December 3, 2017
January 7, 2018
February 4, 2018
March 4, 2018
April 8, 2018
May 6, 2018

All gatherings are from 4:00PM to 6:00PM
We will once again be meeting at St. Thomas Lutheran Church at 3800 E 3rd Street in Bloomington. Details of the monthly programs will be coming shortly.
Interested in joining the Bloomington Pipers’ Society as a member? Visit our Membership Page for details! If you are interested in volunteering to help run our gatherings, please email us at bloomingtonpipers@gmail.com. 
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April Gathering – April 23rd, 2017

Our final main series gathering of the season for the Bloomington Pipers’ Society! Details of our April gathering are forthcoming. For Society paid members, there will be an Annual General Meeting for 2016-2017 from 4:00PM to 4:30PM.

We will have group performances of Great Highland Bagpipes, soloists, our closing piobaireachd, and others!

  • St. Thomas Lutheran Church
  • 3800 E. 3rd Street (corner of 3rd and Smith Road)
  • Enter through the west end doors
  • Sunday, April 23rd
  • 4:00 – 4:30 will be our Annual General Meeting for members (non-members are welcome)
  • 4:30 – 6:00 will be the Gathering proper