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April Gathering – April 15th

Join us for our April 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.

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March Gathering – March 18th

Join us for our March 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.

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February Gathering Report

On February 18, the Bloomington Pipers’ Society held its second monthly gathering. At the time of the gathering’s start, the temperature was a frigid 10 degrees Fahrenheit, and there was 6 inches of snow on the ground from several days’ worth of winter storms. Never to be deterred, six lovers of the bagpipes came out to have dinner, play their pipes, and discuss the instrument which inspired them to brave the weather. Three pipers were in attendance, two of which played. There was of course dinner by the Noodles & Company, our hosts. This month’s gathering was a small but passionate crowd.

The evening’s piping was kicked off by Chris Eller on his set of John Walsh retropipes. Chris performed a set of marches on the smallpipes which he will compete with in Lexington, Kentucky at the Midwest Pipe Band Association’s regional solos qualifier there on February 21. He will be competing in Senior Novice, and will play two, 2-part 2/4 Marches; The Brown Haired Maiden and Mairi’s Wedding. This weekend in Kentucky will be Chris’ first competition on the full pipes, having competed last year on the practice chanter and on the bass drum – the latter of which he won a Champion Supreme title for.

Following Chris was Angus Martin, starting out straight to the Great Highland Bagpipe with a strathspey/reel set which he will be competing with in Lexington, Kentucky at the Grade II level. This will be Angus’ first Grade II contest, having been moved up after his very successful season in Grade III last year. In 2014, he won the Champion Supreme title for Grade III Light Music, placing in the top three in nearly every one of the 30 contests he played in.

For his strathspey/reel set he played the strathspey Dorrator Bridge, and the reel The Sound of Sleat. He followed this set with two hornpipes and two jigs; As Good As It Gets, Mr. Jack, The Kitchenmaid, and Geese in the Bog. He had a few complications in the third part of Mr. Jack, but was able to get back on track and complete the set. Once completing his HHJJ, Angus yielded the floor.

Chris playing his 2/4 march set

Chris took over briefly after that, playing his competition 2/4 marches set on the full pipes. He quickly yielded back to Angus, who played a short set of jigs – The Gaelic Conspiracy, The Foxhunter, and Cutting Bracken – while Chris saw his family off. After that the evening fell into discussion, until Chris picked the pipes back up, and played two marches, I See Mull, and Will Ye No Come Back Again.

Another piper arrived without his pipes, so he could listen and talk. Angus played again with a set of 2/4 Marches – Muir of Ord, Willie Ross’ Farewell to the 2nd Battalion Scots Guard, Haughs of Cromdale, and Campbell’s Farewell to Red Castle. Some discussion followed this, until about a quarter til 8, when Chris played his competition set one last time. The evening was rounded out by Angus playing his own competition 2/4 March for this weekend, The Crags of Sterling.
All in all, a successful evening! Thanks to all those who braved the cold, snow, and ice, and we hope to see them and more at our next gathering! The next Bloomington Pipers’ Society Gathering will be held at the same location, on March 18 – the day after St. Patrick’s Day. If you play, bring your pipes! Next month we will begin with our monthly piobaireachd, so if you know one (or several!) come swing by. 
Angus Martin 
Bloomington Pipers’ Society Co-Founder

Angus plays The Crags of Sterling
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February Gathering – February 18th

Join us for our February 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.

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January Gathering – January 21st

Our first gathering of 2015 will be on Wednesday, the 21st of January from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Noodles & Company in Eastland Plaza. Bring your pipes and some dinner money and join us. Friends and family are more than welcome. The conference room is toward the back of the restaurant and there is plenty of seating for everyone.

The conference room.

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We have a home for 2015!

We have a home for 2015! The Noodles & Company in Eastland Plaza has been kind enough to have us in their conference room for our monthly gatherings.

Our first gathering will be Wednesday, January 21st from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Load up your pipes and come on by to have some dinner and enjoy an evening of piping. Noodles & Company isn’t charging for the use of the conference room, so they ask that guests and pipers at the gathering stop by the counter and get some food.

Panorama of the conference room
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Potential Venue is in Sight

We are going to check with a potential venue in early December. If they aren’t scared by the skirling of the pipes, then we’ll be ready to announce the first pipers’ society get together in January.

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Location Scouting

We are in the process of scouting out locations to hold events. We have a few leads that we’ll be following up on soon.