A group of performers with the Bloomington Pipers’ Society put on a show at the Fourth Street Arts Festival on August 31, 2019. The Fountain Trust Pipe Band Drum Major Doug Weisheit joined pipers from three different bands – the Fountain Trust Pipe Band, the Southern Indiana Pipes & Drums, and the Greater Midwest Pipe Band – in giving a 30-minute demonstration of Scottish pipe band music, and showcasing different types of bagpipes.
Piper Clancy Clements gave a performance on the the gaita galega and provided a bit of information about the history of the bagpipe as a class of musical instrument. Angus Burke performed several dance tunes on the Scottish smallpipes, explaining the difference between the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipes and the smallpipes. The full group of five pipers gave performances of classic bagpipe band tunes and aires.
The Bloomington Pipers’ Society aims to provide these sorts of educational performances in addition to its monthly bagpipe social nights at the Runcible Spoon, and we are pleased with the program we gave.