JULY 19, 2005

Well, well, well...

We have certainly had a busy time of it in July. The early part of the month was filled with private lessons and band practices for all the local gang, gearing up for the fall. Our first summer school took up the "Lyon's" share of the remaining time. Trips to the airport in Memphis and runs to the store for stuff beforehand assured that I stayed off the streets and out of trouble.

The summer school was a huge success, and we look forward to an even bigger turnout for out second school next July. we offered the EUSPBA certification program this year, and that was also a big hit. Everyone achieved the certificates they tried out for.

We met some new young people that hopefully will attend Lyon in the future. The students got a thorough workout during the week, and everyone, including instructors left "piped out".

I took off for New York to judge the Rockland County Games. Very reminiscent of last years ASF as the rain was coming sideways in the morning. It did brighten up a pinch later, and we were able to get all the light music contests finished before the bands started. I was fortunate enough to win the pro MSR with a 4th in the jig contest. It's a great country when they let old guys like me still compete *0

For the Lyon Pipeband,

Jimmy Bell