Yesterday the Utah Pipe Band presented this excellent indoor piping and drumming competition for the second year.
Just as it was last year, this competition is a welcome addition to the piping scene in Utah. It’s timed perfectly, since most bands have yet to begin the serious work of preparing for the next season, the previous season’s music is still relatively fresh in most players’ minds, and the Fall is often a quiet time in piping.
This year the venue moved to the Hidden Hollow Presbyterian Church in Draper, a quiet neighborhood of this suburb of Salt Lake. Last year’s early-season snow storm was absent, and present were two new faces to Utah in the form of the piping judges – the husband and wife team (also Pipe Major and Pipe Sergeant team) of the Triumph Street Pipe Band, David and Shaunna Hilder. Two of the pipers in my band joined Triumph Street this past season, so they were able to arrange the inclusion of these prestigious names in piping.
The event went off without a hitch (as far as I could tell) and I even played half-decently! I competed in the 2/4 march, the slow march and the piobaireachd. It was my final outing this year with my piobaireachd, “The Rout of the MacPhees”, and I played it as well as I ever have done. The piobaireachd competition was held in a large room with a high ceiling and a wooden floor. The acoustics were big, and it sounded as if I were playing in a baronial hall somewhere. I closed my eyes and pictured the stag’s heads and shields on the walls. David Hilder gave me some excellent comments and I even took second place – a wonderful end to the 2008 season.
Thank you Utah Pipe Band, for organizing this wonderful event. Long may it continue!