28 FEB, 2007

It was a short month, and it went by really quickly.  Three things to mention.  Early in the month, Jimmy and I went down to Little Rock at the crack of Oh-My-God to do a television appearance on a morning show.  You can see that here:

http://origin.todaysthv.com/video/news/player.aspx?aid=39243&bw=

The following weekend, 3 FEB,  was the first annual Winter Solo contest sponsored by the Arkansas Piobaireachd Society.  It was originally scheduled to be held in Little Rock, but some date conflicts caused it to move to the Lyon campus for 2007.  We hope next year to hold the contest in Little Rock as originally planned.  Bad weather in Batesville during the week caused some people who had registered to not attend, but we still had competitors from TX, LA, and AR.  We look forward to seeing this contest grow in the future.  Pictures can be seen at:

http://www.lyon.edu/webdata/groups/shp/APS/wintercontest/index.htm

The weekend after that Nancy Love and I met met up with Roy Barbee, who came up from Odessa TX to put on a workshop for Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums.  Roy worked with the snare drummer from the Grade IV band, and with the Grade V Oklhoma Celtic Pipes and Drums.  Nancy worked with the tenor and bass drummers, and I worked with the pipers from both units.  As always, the Oklahoma hospitality was outstanding, and the musicians from both bands worked very hard and were showing results by the end of the day-long workshop.

Jimmy and Vince took a little jaunt over to Jacksonville FL for a competition there.  Vince did Lyon and the band proud as Piper of the Day.  Good job Smalls.  Jimmy was doing some meeting and greeting with potential students.  We appear to have a large crop of talented kids coming into the band next fall.

For the band,

Ken