Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Competition Season is Upon Us!

The competition season has been underway for some time now and is just beginning to heat up. I would like to congratulate all the bands in Utah for their hard work and dedication. That hard work is really paying off and the standard of playing is rising in our area.

This year, in addition to playing with the Mt. Timpanogos Pipe Band, I have had the great pleasure of playing with the Wasatch and District Pipe Band (grade 3). The band is sounding great and it’s very rewarding to experience the fruit of all the hard work and practice. After several preliminary competitions in Utah and Las Vegas, the competition really starts to heat up as we will be heading to Enumclaw, WA and then to Pleasanton, CA to conclude the competitive year. The band is looking forward to the challenge.

As you reflect upon the season, remember, no matter what the results of your band or solo competitions, be humble, gracious, and enjoy the experience. We all have good days and bad days. I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum many times and it’s easy to have a poor attitude. We represent a great tradition and I believe that it’s important to show respect for our craft by acting gracefully in winning and defeat. Always try to learn something valuable, and most of all, have fun!