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The pitter-patter of the pipes and drums were abundant this weekend at the Boone Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, SC (as was the sun, clouds, rain, bits of breeze and enveloping heat).  This contest marked the kick-off of the the back half of the Southern EUSPBA season.   It was fabulous seeing so many of the Southern EUSPBA bands coming together;  as we looked around, we saw no enemies – just good, old-fashioned rivalry.    Soloists and bands are working harder.  At each grade level bands and players are getting better and better — playing with so much more expression and musicality and the pipes and drums sounding bigger and brighter.

Congratulations to the Loch Norman Pipe Band (G4) and John Mohr MacKintosh Pipes & Drums (G5) for their 1st place finishes in band play.  G3 MSR winner was the Atlanta Pipe Band and the G3 Medley winner was the Grandfather Mountain Highlanders.

To all the bands — lose the expectation everything in life should be easy.  It rarely is.  In fact, there are no shortcuts to any place worth going.  Enjoy the challenge of your achievements.  See the value in your efforts and be patient with yourself. And realize patience is not about waiting; it’s the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard on your dreams.  It’s knowing deep down the work is well worth it in the end.

From Pipe Major Ken McKeveny — just a note of thanks to everyone for putting forth a great effort today at the Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering. We were very respectable in both circles (G3/G4) — and the grade 4 did an outstanding job playing the MSR for the first time in the circle. Great progress and strides for the band.

Special thanks to the Justice League (and all our families and friends) for setting up camp. Great 1st place solo efforts by Timothy Hinson (G3 piping), Jessica Johnson (tenor) and Jason Lane (Drum Major).

We continue to build a strong foundation — and are always progressing forward.

Well done by the newbies in the circle including Russell W Jr Smith, Billy BC Gehringer and Raymond Swinton. I’m proud to be part of this journey with everyone. Thanks!

We’re glad to have you Ken — thank you!

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