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Snohomish, WA bagpiper at the Olympics

http://www.heraldn 00225/NEWS01/70225 9927  (Feb 26, 2010 | post #1)

Shoreline, WA

NWJPB - Youth Bagpipe band is Washington State Champions

You can see the Northwest Junior Pipe Band and other very talented bands in Portland, OR next weekend at the Portland Highland Games http://www.phga.or g See the Simon Frasier University Pipe Band (4 time world champions and the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band (2007 North American Champions in Grade 2) July 26th & 27th at the Pacific Northwest Highland Games http://www.sshga.o rg  (Jul 15, 2008 | post #2)

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The only youth bagpipe band going to the World Pipe Band ...

Northwest Junior Pipe Band won the Washington State Grade 4 Pipe Band Championships at the Skagit Valley Highland Games by winning two events during two days of competitions in a field of up to five bagpipe bands on July 12th and 13th, 2008 in Mount Vernon, WA. The growing non-profit organization of talented youth and dedicated volunteers is the only youth bagpipe band from the United States competing at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on August 16, 2008. "We were surprised to learn we're the only youth pipe band going to Scotland from the US this year. It's a little humbling...especia lly in a year when the Olympics are happening at exactly the same time. This is the biggest event in the world for bagpipe bands. I believe in our members. They will be great representatives of American youth while we're there." said President Todd Schiele, a volunteer with the non-profit organization since 2005. The band leaves for Scotland on August 5th, attending pipe band competitions throughout Scotland, but their focus is the World Pipe Band Championships on August 16th. The band will compete in a class of 23 youth bagpipe bands who will take part in two separate heats to gain the right to take the field for the Championship event. Another 10 youth bands compete in a higher competition grade, but Northwest Junior is the sole representative of the US in juvenile and novice-juvenile competitions next month in Glasgow. 200 pipe bands from around the world travel to the Championships each year. In the Northwest, the band competes against both youth and adult bands through the summer competition season and has placed 1st in three of four events with one second place at competitions between Coquitlam, BC and Mount Vernon, WA against a field of as many as seven bands, most with more experience and many with adult musicians. "'I love it when a plan comes together'" Band Director Kevin Auld said, jokingly borrowing a quote from the '80s TV action series the "A-Team" . "We've been working toward this for the past several years. It's incredibly rewarding for me to see them playing this well, all while having fun and picking up on all of the little things that will help them play better together." The band was promoted to their current competition grade in 2005 and has worked their way from the bottom to the top of the standings since then, all while growing from less than 20 to more than 50 members from throughout the Puget Sound region. "Music's always been a huge part of my life. I love the people and the instructors and love being a part of something," the band's 17 year old bass drummer Brandon said recently in a radio interview. "I've built everything in my life around what I'm doing's like a big family." The band has two major events left in the Northwest before boarding the flight for Scotland; July 19th in Portland, Oregon and July 26th and 27th in Enumclaw at the Pacific Northwest Highland Games, which draws tens of thousands of spectators each year. The youngest member the group going to Scotland to compete is a 9 year old girl. The oldest is 18 with an average age of 14 among the traveling competitors. The band's competition season runs between June and August, but they practice and perform throughout the year. The band spends more time together than most youth sports teams and competes with bands of all ages. The band meets in Shoreline (near Seattle), WA but attracts youth from as far as 75 miles away. more news and photos here: http://insider.nwj washington-state-p ipe-band-champions -grade-4/  (Jul 15, 2008 | post #1)

Shoreline, WA

NWJPB - Youth Bagpipe band is Washington State Champions

Northwest Junior Pipe Band is a non-profit organization based in Shoreline but attracting kids from Anacortes, Auburn, Marysville, and Snohomish. They've grown to 50 members this year and just won the Washington State Grade 4 Pipe Band Championships at the Skagit Valley Highland Games last weekend. They're the ONLY youth pipe band from Washington State to ever go to the World Pipe Band Championships, held in Glasgow Scotland. They're also the ONLY youth bagpipe band representing the USA at the World Pipe Band Championships this year. See the blog: http://insider.nwj washington-state-p ipe-band-champions -grade-4/  (Jul 15, 2008 | post #1)

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