Well, it was a busy weekend.
The Salt Lake Highland Games started on Friday night with massed bands playing for a fireworks display. We had to play Scotland the Brave over and over for about 10 minutes. Seemed more like 10 hours. The worst part – we all had our backs to the fireworks so we couldn’t see them. I heard they were really good, though, from someone who was there.
Crawl into bed at about midnight, and crawl out again to be back at the games for solo registration. 8am.
This was my first time in solo competition, and I had never even watched one to know what I should do. I asked those who were old hands, and who happened to be standing nearby, for help and they told me what to do, where to stand, and so on. The competition went about as well as I suppose I could have expected. I didn’t place in the light music, but I got a fourth place in the piobaireachd which was very gratifying. The adjudicator was John Partanen (a fellow Finn!) and he was really helpful. After I got my score sheet I went back to see him to ask what advice he might have for me, and he was good enough to sing my entire tune, to give me an idea of what I might want to be aiming for.
So I dipped my toe into solo competition, and I didn’t get burned! On to the Payson Games in July…