What do you miss?

I recently played a funeral with several other pipers and after we were done, we were talking about how good we sounded despite not playing together for months. I do miss playing gigs and I miss competing but what do I really miss the most? Weekly rehearsals!

We tuned up in a back room of the funeral home and just like at weekly practice, all the pipers put together their instruments and did a quick self tune and played a few personal warm up tunes and then we came together and just played Balmoral several times in a small circle… the sound was fantastic, like a great sounding stereo, and I miss that more than anything else, that one set of the night where everything sounds perfect, that’s what I miss!

I miss hanging out with my friends after rehearsal and I miss the camaraderie and banter and messing with each other. Among my bandmates, we frequently joke that if we’re no longer making fun of you, we probably don’t like you anymore!

I miss the choreography of a well done march in and in honor of what I miss, here’s a link to a video of Inveraray rehearsing one of my all time favorite sets! What do you miss?

Author: Dan

Dan has been with the Highlanders since 2013 and was a student under fellow Highlander Joe Schreiber. Dan's inspiration to take up piping was his father who was a member of the Billy Mitchell Scottish Pipe Band in Milwaukee when Dan was a kid. Dan took a few lessons back then but it didn't stick. Professionally, Dan works in IT and also enjoys helping Senior Citizens be a little less anxious with technology. In his spare time, Dan enjoys real beer without all the trendy flavors and too much hops, and is a bit of an Audiophile. Dan has also been known to use his Photoshop skills to put friends into some places they'd never expect!

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