This weekend was the “Celebration of Life” for my Uncle Bill, who passed away due to complications from his cancer (which he had in his lungs, pancreas, spleen and colon. Yeah, not good.). My uncles, aunts and cousins came down to South Carolina from Chicagoland to spend time with my aunt and the rest of us. It’s been years since the entire clan was together and, despite a terrible reason for the reunion, it was really nice to see everyone and catch up. (I’m the very white forehead behind my aunt, who’s in the blue dress and white sweater. Not the best angle but…I’m there!)
If bagpipes make you think of screeching cats, you’re doing it wrong (or, actually, they’re doing it wrong). Three-time winners of the World Pipe Band Championships, Field Marshal Montgomery from Northern Ireland kicks some serious piping butt with their fantastic medley (a variety of quick tunes but must also include a slow air):
And I have to share this medley — this is St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band from Houston, Texas, which one of my best friends plays in. They’re Grade 2 and won 5th place. Go, Jim!
Needless to say, between the family and the Worlds watching, I got very little reading (or anything else) done this weekend. I do hope you enjoyed a peek into the wild world of competitive piping!
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