Monday, May 10, 2010

Long time comin'

Wow, December was my last post. Well, understandable since I've not done much in the piping world since then.

I talked to the pipe major of the Salt Lake Scots some time in February I think it was. I told him what was going on with hockey and that it looked like our season was going longer than anticipated since the team my son plays on - and I coach - would be going to the USA Hockey Nationals in New Jersey in April. I asked if he wanted us to resign our membership or hang in there for another couple of months until the hockey season was over. He more or less left the decision up to us.

I decided to leave things as they were for now and cross the bridge after hockey.

So, hockey is now over and I'm back with the band and lovin' it.

I wasn't sure how it would go since I'd not picked up my pipes in a while, but while I am a bit rusty, it's not as bad as I thought it would be. I have been practicing on my chanters (electronic and PC) as well as on the small pipes. This hasn't help my stamina much, but my fingering is still pretty good.

My son was a bit more reluctant about coming back to the band. I had him attend a drum section practice on Saturday a few weeks ago and I think he has decided that he actually likes playing with the band and will stick with it. There are still many conflicts, but the drum sergeant has been very accommodating.

My approach has been a lot less stressful coming back. My expectations were not very high for myself and I think that I've exceeded them which always makes one feel good about oneself. I'm not putting any pressure on myself to compete solo this year though I have registered with WUSPBA. We'll just see how it goes and roll with it.

1 comment:

Karl Mellor said...

Hey Grandpiper, how do you go about auditioning for the Salt Lake Scots? I would love to get involved with the drum line. I've always thought the SL Scots were so cool, ever since I was a little boy.