Author Archives: Bob McMichael

9-year Plan for Bagpiping Profit

After my last post, I began thinking about numbers. I’ve put a lot of energy lately into my bagpipe “business,” and figured I should do some basic calculations and see just exactly how successful – in a purely economic sense … Continue reading

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2010 Highland Games

Our band, the City of Trees Pipes and Drums, made it through another Highland Games. The weather blessed us, unlike some years. The turnout seemed very high, and there were lots of good musical acts. The piping competition featured more … Continue reading

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Wedding by the River

Friday night Eddie and I performed at a wedding in Municipal Park in Boise. After a miserable Thursday (in weather and more), Friday evening, down by the river and under the huge cottonwood trees, was perfect: not too warm, not … Continue reading

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Baker City Breakdown

Our band, the City of Trees Pipes and Drums, traveled to Baker City, Oregon last weekend to participate in the Easter Oregon Highland Games. Oh my. The weather could definitely have been worse. But it could have been way, way … Continue reading

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Burns Night Supper

We hosted our first Burns Night Supper on Saturday night, celebrating the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796). In doing so we joined a tradition that began over two centuries ago, and which has spread from Scotland throughout the … Continue reading

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Lament for the Son of King Aro

In my last post I mentioned a piobaireachd I have been learning called Lament for the Son of King Aro. As I was promised by the very helpful Mr. John Dow of the Piobaireachd Society, I received the “setting” of … Continue reading

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Piobaireachd

I began learning to play the bagpipes about two and a half years ago. Until then I didn’t know anything about the music or the Great Highland Bagpipes except that the sound stopped me dead in my tracks whenever I … Continue reading

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Snowy Bagpipe Gig

Yesterday I and seven other dedicated members of the City of Trees Pipes & Drums hunkered down in the snow to play at a wedding. We do stuff like this to make money for the band. For this gig we … Continue reading

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