This weekend, some of us attended the November installment of the Arkansas Piobaireachd Society meeting in Conway. Ken Adler will have a write-up about the meeting on that section of the website.
Sunday, November 2nd saw us at the Pine Bluff Presbyterian Church, for the area's Heritage Sunday. 4 different churches sponsored the event, so there was, as usual, standing room only.
After an early start, we found ourselves ahead of schedule, so we stopped off for a lovely breakfast, and some good laughs. This group is always a lot of fun, so a trip anywhere with the band usually has opportunities for a tune to be composed. Lance Dorris was in top form after a late night, and kept us laughing. Ken Adler and Tristen Dean drove down in Ken's car, as they had an engagement over in Earle later in the day.
The Sunday service went extremely well, and all comments afterward were positive. We met several parents of Lyon students, which is always nice.
After a great lunch we were once again on our way home, just in time for the afternoon football games.
Monday was scheduled for the Heritage day at UALR. Ken Adler and I attended the event and met some nice folks from the Arkansas Celtic Music Society. This will pay dividends for the ASF in April.
We later were able to attend a talk by Ken Burns (Civil War, Baseball, Jazz). Absolutely excellent!. I could have listened for another couple hours it was so well delivered. A get together afterwards allowed for some additional networking.
Photos from Pine Bluff - Taken by Ken Adler and Tammy Vaughn
For the Lyon College Band
Addendum from Ken A. - The event in Earle was held at the Crittenden County Museum. It was a gathering organized by Robert Campbell to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of his father, Watt Campbell. Over 100 people attended, many former Scouts from Watt's tenure as a Scoutmaster, as well as a number of family members and good friends to remember a well-loved man. I played pipes and guitar off and on for several hours on the platform of the converted train station. Interruptions came occasionally from the overwhelming noise of passing high-speed freights. Tristan had a blow on my Hendersons while I was taking a break, and proclaimed the pipe, "a Cadillac". Tris and I also had the opportunity to converse with a number of the celebrants, and we had a most enjoyable afternoon.
To add to Jim's comments regarding the UALR gig yesterday, the trip and the piping part were a lot of fun, and Ken Burns is pure dead brilliant.
For the weeks November 3rd-15th
The band had a well deserved weekend off on the 8th and 9th. Practices were held as is our custom, on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings. It's fast becoming apparent that we will need to divide into two bands in the near future. All the new pipers are playing very well on their pc's, and getting set to order the big pipe. Preliminary work has been done to secure a "band bus" for next year, as we have grown so quickly. We laugh about it, but in fact we started off in August with a car. Then we proceeded to use a college van. Now we are using the van (15 pass), a trailer, and cars. These are good problems of course.
The week of the 10th-15th will has been a busy one. Tuesday, I attended a Lyon function in Hot Springs. This is boyhood home of former President Bill Clinton. A really nice area of the state.
Wednesday found the band at the official opening of Highway 167. This is the new four-lane road from Bald Knob into Batesville. The current Governor, Mike Huckabee was there, with good comments about the band. I don't believe we can do enough for the town of Batesville, a great place to live, or the state of Arkansas. We were happy to oblige. We followed this up with a lunch at the Triangle Cafe. This has got to be one of the best places to eat in the county. I was turned onto the place by Will Muirhead, the former director here. I also had the cheese omelet that Will is so fond of. Excellent food all around. The band members of course enjoyed the meal, as I was paying.
On Thursday, I ventured out to Riverside West elementary school. What a great reception I got. I also played at Lake City HS, a few miles down the road. Met some great kids, a couple whom will attend Lyon in the Fall.
Tristen played for Preview Day this morning, and will again play at Bradley Manor this afternoon, for a Presbyterian meeting. He certainly looks the part of a top piper, and is working hard towards that goal. We have young Bill Buckmaster, a transfer from Oklahoma coming in this afternoon for a workout, and will also attend the function tonight. Bass drummer Watson "the metronome" Neal (Metro for short) will join the festivities tonight. He is an Eagle scout, and fine young man. I can't say enough about these young gentlemen, and all the participants in the Program. They make me very proud to be associated with Lyon, and I look forward to many years of similar associations, with future band members of such character.
Saturday and Sunday we will be having another drum clinic. These are free clinics and all are invited.
For the Scottish Heritage Program,
Can you spot Jimmy, hidden somewhere in this photo?
Waldo can be hard to find, but he's nae Jimmy
For week ending November 22nd
Monday saw the kickoff of the Young Scots Program, in Searcy. There were 14 attendees for piping, drumming, and dancing, with space for more.
We played for the Thanksgiving Convocation on Thursday the 20th, along with the choir.
We had a go at our first concert for the Tulsa Pipes and Drums
on the 22nd. All in all, I believe it went very well. We had dancers Margaret
Rendina and Shelli White, the pipe band, with Lance Dorris and myself as solo
players. Ken Adler did both a guitar solo, a smallpipe solo and headed up
an ensemble piece he developed featuring guitar, vocal, smallpipe, triangle,
tambourine, and washboard. We'll be adding the big pipe soon. Drum Major
Wally Hightower did an outstanding job as MC for our portion of the festivities,
and also managed to sneak a few pictures.
Bob Worrall played that night, as well as gave a clinic in the morning. These were excellent facilities, being held in the Akdar Shrine Temple in Tulsa. We look forward to doing more concerts, the next being OKC in January.
We will be off for the next week for Thanksgiving, with Lance and Tristen doing a wedding ceremony in Hot Springs on Saturday the 29th.
The band will be back performing together in the Batesville Christmas Parade on December 1st.
Please take a look at some photos from the Tulsa trip. Enjoy!
On behalf of the band, Happy Thanksgiving.