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Grace Notes

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May 2008

Local Pipers Compete in Oklahoma City

Local pipers celebrate success following solo competition in Oklahoma City, OK. Members of the Northeast Caledonian Pipes and Drums of Jonesboro, traveled to Oklahoma City, OK to participate in the Oklahoma Piping Debate, a solo competition for pipers of all ages and all skill levels, with competitors from throughout the south. Out of 5 events for Grade 4 Senior pipers, the trio brought back six top 5 placings. Each event is a separate type of tune or set of tunes, and included a Piobrach Ground, 2/4 march, 6/8 march, Slow March, and Strathspey/Reel combina-

tion. The judge was Pipe Major Jimmy Bell of Lyon College, Batesville, AR.

Danny Vaughn of Hoxie, received 2 first place prizes and overall best piper in the Grade 4 senior division. David Corbett formerly of Alicia, now living in Marion, received a 3rd place and two 4th place finishes. Robert Gill of Kennett, participated in his very first solo event and received the applause of the assembled audience. The band hosted the Sgt Singleton Me- morial Pipes and Drums on Sunday, April 6th, at their weekly practice on Southwest Drive, at the First Presbyterian Church

of Jonesboro. This was in preparation for the annual Arkansas Scottish Festival, held on the grounds of Lyon College, April 18-20. The two bands merged to participate in the 2 Massed Band perfor- mances. Members of the band also once again stood in solo competition on the pipes, bass drum and snare drum. As always, the band encourages anyone interested in piping and drumming, pipe major, of any age or experience level to attend a weekly practice, or to hire the band. More information may be found online at www.neacaledonians.com.

Be sure to offer your congratulatiions

David Corbett

Danny Vaughan

Robert Gill

Pipers can be caught in many places. Here one leads out a curling competition!

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