August 29, 2007
August started off with a bang as I had the pleasure of attending my oldest son David's commissioning ceremony in Ft Lewis, WA.
I also was able to shoot down to Portland, OR to visit with Madeline Boyd, an outstanding young lady and good piper to boot. Madeline is the sibling of our much loved Sister Kate Boyd. Kate is not a nun btw, but plays one on occasion.
The following week Kenton, Nancy and I headed to Denver, CO for the Highlands Ranch competition. We met several outstanding young players that will hopefully consider Lyon as their college choice, but the highlight had to be the official engagement of Nancy and Kenton. It was very hot, and the air was certainly thin, but I do not believe Nancy was light headed in any way when Kenton asked. She still is wearing the ring, even in more moderate climes. A good sign I'm guessing.
The weekend of the 18th was Red Carpet Days here at the school. All transfers and incoming freshmen arrived on campus with upper classmen/s (don't ask) arriving over the rest of the weekend and Monday. Classes started Tuesday so we're off and running again.
Dallas, Texas saw the latest MidSouth solo contest and SW branch of the EUSPBA AGM for 07. We hope to expand the offerings for solo contests next year to 15 events.
The end of August will be the Schenectady Games and EUSPBA Championships in Albany New York. Kenton, Smalls (Vincent Moore) and I will depart on Thursday, August 30 for the event with a little time to stop by The Nest (51 Ash Terrace) for a going over of the tunes with the Old Man.
For the band,
I have to add that I won the Grade II Piobaireachd out there in CO. Jimmy didn't mention it because it was an indoor contest with air conditioning, and he didn't think it counted. BUT IT DOES!
Aug 31, 2007
Continuing on in August, we had the "Red Carpet Days" for the incoming freshmen. This is essentially the welcome weekend of the new class and the transfer students. Loads of fun stuff to do, and get acquainted type things. The band played at the Matriculation ceremony in Brown Chapel to a packed house. Quite impressive indeed. The following week classes began as well as band practices. We welcomed new piper Mac Davis, and dancer Colleen Rose to the fold. Drummer Seth Ribitzki has been playing with the band since last year, but is now an official Lyon freshman.
Things are moving along nicely, with a new medley for both pipers and drummers and a change in the March medley. The 25th was our latest solo competition; in Dallas, Texas this time. A good turnout with great weather, although perhaps a bit hot for certain of our stouter friends in the crowd, but all in all a nice day with some excellent playing being heard.
For the band,
I think he just said this kilt makes my butt look fat. I'm insulted.