Florida Smallpiping School 2014

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Do you want to improve your smallpiping? Do you want to escape the Winter ‘Blaws”? Would you like to participate in session playing? Then make plans to attend the Florida Smallpiping School in Hudson, Florida at the end of February. The school is an annual event held at the home of Maeve and Al deHetre located about a half hour from Tampa. The school is designed as a four day immersion program covering all aspects of piping from technique and repertory to basic pipe care and maintenance. Following a very successful Master’s class in reel playing last year, this year’s focus will be on the various forms of the Strathspey. There will be sessions open to everyone each evening during the school.
This will be the 10th year for Barry Shears instructing Scottish Smallpipes at the Florida School and there will be a little surprise for all those attending.

When: February 27,28 and March 1, 2
Where: Hudson, Florida
Instructor: Barry Shears
Tuition: $350. Day classes available on a modified fee scale.
For additional information contact Maeve at: maeve27@verizon.net
For a sample of Barry playing the SSP see here

2014 Vermont Bellowspipe School

VermontThe 2014 School Will Feature Iain MacInnes, Fin Moore, and Alasdair White

July 28 – August 1, 2014 Huntington, Vermont

The Vermont Bellows Pipe School now includes Scottish fiddle, step dance and whistle instruction

Now in its 26th year, our school celebrates the step dance music traditions of Scotland as played on Scottish small pipes, border pipes, fiddle and whistles. Musicality, repertoire and rhythm are our focus, as opposed to technicality and ornamentation (although these are not ignored entirely). All workshops are oriented toward aural learning (taught “by ear”)

The school is in a new location for the third year year: in Huntington Vermont, about 7 miles south of the former location. Those who have come in the past can expect the same communal, family style accommodations.  New students can expect a warm welcome.

for 2014, we will welcome instructors Iain MacInnes, Fin Moore, and Fiddler Alasdair White

The Details:

Dates: July 28 – August 1, 2014
Location: 830 Taft Road, Huntington, VT
Venue: A small farm in rural Vermont with many horses, three border collies and a very large cat. Classes will take place in and around the house, porches and barn.

Tuition: $525. A deposit of $200 is requested by May 1st. Space is limited.
Scholarships: May be available.  Please send a statement of need and we will award scholarships if funding allows.

Accommodations:  Tent camping is permitted on site.   There are several B&Bs and hotels in nearby Richmond and Williston. Contact us for suggestions.

Meals: Evening meals are communal.  Please plan to arrange your own breakfast and lunch. Most participants pack a picnic cooler.  There is a small grocery/deli 5 minutes away and several restaurants and a larger grocery 15 minutes away. You will have access to the kitchen at the farm.

Upper Potomac Piping Weekend Jan 17-19 2014

The Pipers Weekend offers 2-hour long classes at a variety of levels in Scottish smallpipes, border pipes, Northumbrian small pipes, Irish uilleann pipes, flute & whistle, bodhran and piper-friendly repertoire for mixed instruments in a variety of styles.

Private tutorials with staff members are available to enrolled students at the rate of $30/half hour lesson, as available. Sign up early to secure your spot.

A Friday night round-robin followed by sessions in 3 different repertoires, a Saturday night concert, late night jams and student-led mini-classes round out the offerings.

Interested? Check out the website for more information.