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March Bagpiping Class – March 20th, 2016

Spring is coming, and so is a crowded summer of performances, competitions, and events! In the hour before this month’s gathering, we will be hosting an open help session for pipers in the area to get their pipes on the path to fighting shape for the coming months!

The session will be held at the 800 N Indiana Ave location, from 3:00PM to 4:00PM. We will have resident Grade I piper present to assist, as well as any other pipers who may be able to provide some help in their areas of specialty.

We will talk about bagpipe maintenance in general, as well as ideal reed set-up, and how to get the most out of your bagpipe so they are both easier to play and sounding excellent.

The Society will be accepting donations for projects in the 2016-2017 after our summer break, which will take place after our April gathering.

  • Sunday, March 20th
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • 800 N. Indiana Avenue
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February Bagpiping Class – February 21st, 2016

Instructor Angus Martin will be continuing his series on fingerwork development in this month’s class. Pipers from novice to intermediate are welcome and encouraged to attend. This month the class will review scale-based exercises, addressing tachums, andreviewing material designed to eliminate crossing noises.

Please bring a practice chanter to this class. The class will be held at the 800 N Indiana Ave location, from 3:00PM to 4:00PM. The course fee is $10 per person, all of which will directly fund the Bloomington Pipers Society.

Angus is a Grade I bagpiper and bagpipe teacher. He grew up in Portland, Oregon, learning under Pipe Major Mark Tomasetti of the Grade II Portland Metro Pipe Band. He has competed at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland twice, and is the current MWPBA Grade II Champion Supreme piper for light music.

  • Sunday, February 21st
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • 800 N. Indiana Avenue
  • Bloomington, IN 47408
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February Gathering – February 21st, 2016

For our gathering in February we will see the return of the monthly closing piobaireachd! Angus Martin will be performing the piobaireachd The Groat to close our gathering off for the month. In honor of Winter Storm – the Pipes & Drums event in Kansas City and its competitions, as well as the coming February 27th competition in Lexington, Kentucky for the MWPBA Regional Solos, our local competitive pipers will be available to talk to pipers and the public who are interested in understanding this element of piping culture. Pipers will be able to provide descriptions of how competitions are held, and provide demonstrations of competition tunes for the Highland Bagpipe.

Snacks and drinks will be provided by our volunteers. Come out to listen to bagpipe music, or bring your own set of pipes (or drums) and join in!

Non-IU parking is available in the blue colored spaces.
  • Sunday, February 21st, 2016
  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • 800 N. Indiana Avenue
  • Bloomington, IN 47408
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January Gathering – January 17th, 2016

This month’s Pipers Society gathering has no official guest, but will be preceded by a fingerwork survey class for beginners to learn the ropes of embellishments, or for more experienced pipers to dust up on their technique!

It is the beginning of the new year, so come out and join us to start it off with playing some tunes! Come down to share some of your piping and music goals for 2016, and see what advice others in the area can provide to help you on your way. If you or anyone you know are interested in learning to play the pipes, the beginning of the year is as good a time as any!

The Bloomington Pipers Society meets at:

  • 800 N. Indiana Ave
  • Bloomington, IN 47408
  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Non-IU parking in the blue areas.

 For information on our class, please see the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/216175998717165/

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December Gathering – December 20th, 2015

Keith Jeffers pipes

For our December gathering, we are pleased to present Keith Jeffers, a piper and bagpipe maker living in Evansville, Indiana. He will be presenting his craft at the gathering this month, giving pipers and the public the opportunity to speak with someone who makes pipes, and see the steps an instrument goes through from billet of wood to the magnificent instrument all are familiar with.

Keith has visited the piper’s society before, and has assisted pipers in the Bloomington area to fix damaged instruments. For the past several years, he has also been developing drone reeds of various materials and designs. The Society is honored to host him.

This month’s featured piobaireachd will be performed by Jacob Schrader. He will play the piobaireachd The Lament for Donald of Laggen.

Non-IU parking in blue
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November Gathering – November 15th, 2015

For our November meeting of the Bloomington Pipers Society, we are pleased to present two of the members of the Bloomington European folk group Daily Bread and Butter – Clancy Clements and Svetla Vladeva. The third member, Tomas Lozano, who plays hurdy gurdy was unable to make it. Daily Bread & Butter performs a variety of European traditional dance music, with Clancy Clements on a variety of bagpipes and whistles, and Svetla Vladeva on the accordion. This month we are hosting Clancy and Svetla.

Clancy has performed at several of our gatherings in the past, including our first one in January 2015 with Tomas Lozano, seen pictured above. This will be Svetla’s first appearance at the Bloomington Pipers Society.

Sunday, November 15th
4:00PM to 6:00PM
800 N Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN

This is Indiana University property, so parking can be fun and exciting. If you have an IU parking permit, you probably already know the rules. If you do not have an IU parking permit, please park on one of the street spots or in one of the five spots in the parking lot marked ST.

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October Gathering – October 25th

Come join us Sunday, October 25th from 4PM to 6PM at our new location! This will be our first gathering of the 2015-2016 year, and we will be providing bottled water and a some snacks. We are no longer located at Noodles & Company. Our new location is an entire building, so we do not need to be worried about making too much noise, so we can now have ensemble performances. Bring your friends and family down to listen to and share some music!

  • Sunday, October 25th
  • 4:00PM to 6:00PM
  • 800 N Indiana Avenue, Bloomington, IN
Parking at this location is on Indiana University property, and as a result is subject to their permit system. Below is a map (in blue) of space which are open during the weekends. There is also a parking available a few blocks away in Downtown Bloomington. If you have an A or C permit with the university, there are spots available in the lot of our new location.
Special thanks goes out to our new hosts at the Indiana University Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology for allowing us to use their space for our future events.

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July Gathering – July 25th (Saturday)

Come join us in the open air of Bloomington’s RCA Park shelter for our July gathering. Make picnic of it and bring some snacks or food for lunch and bagpipes.

Pipers and friends/family are more than welcome to come join us and play any tunes you know. We have a shelter reserved (and we filed for a noise permit) so we can gather and play rain or shine!

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June Gathering – June 13th (Saturday)

Join us for our June Gathering of the Bloomington Pipers’ Society. Come have dinner at Noodles & Company and hear, or play the bagpipes. All bagpipes are welcome to play and share music. Come any time between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm for fun music and good company. Please note that this gathering is on Saturday afternoon.

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May Gathering – May 20th

Join us for our May Gathering of the Bloomington Pipers’ Society. Come have dinner at Noodles & Company and hear, or play the bagpipes. All bagpipes are welcome to play and share music. Come any time between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm for fun music and good company.