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  • world pipe band championships, the silver piper
    August 29, 2019 Avril Manderson

    Back from the World Pipe Band Championships!

    I was delighted to be invited to take part in the Trade Show at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow earlier this month.  Being a retired piper (at the ripe old age of 43!) it was my first time at...

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  • My piping career
    December 17, 2018 Avril Manderson

    My piping career

    As people in the pipe band world will know, players move between bands, people move on in life and other factors can mean the sad demise of particular pipe bands. After winning the Grade 3 World Pipe Band Championships with...

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  • I started as a tenor drummer
    December 11, 2018 Avril Manderson

    I started as a tenor drummer

    I first learnt to play the bagpipes under the tutelage of Bobby Barrie in Ballykeel Black Watch Pipe Band.  This band no longer took part in competitions and so I eventually changed to Ballynahinch Pipe Band.  My grandfather had been a...

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