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The most dangerous phrase in the language is “we’ve always done it this way.”    This is from Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, we champion this quote.  How might it apply to your band?

Over the past 8 years we’ve worked tirelessly to fulfill our mission to honor others through our music.   We help nurture and communicate to our members the value of the relationships which sustain our success, with the aim of improving piping and drumming quality, culture and tradition; we do not compromise people and the art.

We have to be sensitive to the fact we are dealing with people and a range of skill levels, so we tend to be conservative; yet, we can’t be static.

We might be able to buy a small island if we had a dollar for every time we heard a version of “We’ve always done it this way” or “Our band doesn’t do that“.  Doing things differently or trying new things fundamentally has nothing to do with being reckless or risky, but it does take courage and confidence to continually iterate in order to improve.  Courage to challenge yourself, question assumptions, and possibly admit you have been wrong.  Confidence you are smart and capable enough to responsibly navigate something new and make a correction if necessary.

How else will you know if “doing great” is really only “okay”?  We’ve found the bands and players who have the courage and confidence to try something new make significant gains in generating more success on and off the field.

The successes of our program were evident this weekend at the Greenville Highland Games where both our bands and solo players had STRONG showings on the field of competition.  Congrats to the G4 (1,1,4,1) and G5 (1,2,2,4) for their 2nd place finishes – along with our solo players including Jean Russell (1st place tenor) and Garret Justice with two seconds in piping.

Congrats to the City of Chattanooga Pipe Band (G4) for their 1st place performance in G4 ; they have retained the throne for the summer – and to the Grandfather Mountain Highlanders (G5) for their 1st place performance in G5.

We have a lot of plans for the summer with new music, new gigs, new members — along with some big announcements for 2015…

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.”
— Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912)

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