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The pitter patter of the pipes and drums were abundant this weekend at the Boone Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, SC.; 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.

A special nod to Jim Dillahey and the members of “America’s Band” – The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes —  performing a heart warming rendition of the Parting Glass  – and heart stopping performances in the G5 and G4 circles; we’ve never hear the Citadel sound better.

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.

Marching off the field to the sounds of Maui to Kona
Marching off the field to the sounds of Maui to Kona

 

Today we celebrate our achievements – G4 1st place, G5 3rd place, Jean Russell “Lady AGL” tenor drummer of the day and Garret Justice “Your Grace AGL”  2nd place overall junior piper of the day.
Tomorrow we keep working…

A myriad of photos can be seen here.

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