Comments: A Near Clean Sweep

I am so glad it worked out so well. Coming home with the prize was always so much better than coming home empty handed.

Posted by Curtis at May 1, 2011 05:06 PM

I remember when our bagpipe band was beaten at the Stone Mountain Highland Games by the Dunedin Middle School Pipes and Drums. Probably wasn't as big a deal as we thought, since we spent more time drinking beer than practicing. But still, there were some really good pipers among those wee bairns......

Posted by Angus of Jura at May 1, 2011 06:51 PM

Curtis- The good thing about this Festival company is everyone leaves feeling good. I don't mean that as an 'Everyone deserves an A!', but if a band or vocal group has taken the time and money to come and compete, there MUST be something good you can say; something you can add to make them better and feel appreciative.

They are excellent about making these kids feel like it was worthwhile to spend all those hours practicing music that they wouldn't be caught dead listening to on their iPods.

In a time when getting teenagers away from video games, keeping them off of drugs and from gangs, is even harder than it was 10 years ago, they have to get positive feedback. They have to... no matter how hard it can be... and this Festival company is GREAT about realizing that.

So everyone goes home with lots of praise and some sort of warm fuzzy award. Just some of them go home with bigger ones...

Dad- Competing against a pipe band from a Dunedin school just flat isn't fair. Those kids are known to be THE BEST! I think they're born with pipes in their hands. Most schools have marching bands. Not Dunedin. They all play the frickin' bagpipes!

Posted by Bou at May 1, 2011 08:37 PM

.. that is GREAT!....

Posted by Eric at May 2, 2011 08:14 AM

Sounds like a clean sweep to me! Congratulations to all the members! :-D

I don't think Glades won anything - or if they did I didn't hear about it - the kids just enjoyed the trip.

Posted by pam at May 2, 2011 08:59 AM

Wow - major congrats to them! That is awesome stuff indeed!!!

I think it's a good thing they did make at least one mistake. Anytime there is no mistake, kids tend to think they don't have to work quite as hard. Funny how it's the one little thing that can spur them on.

The quote I always try to remember to tell kids...
"Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice until they can't make a mistake". I've always liked that one because it conveys the amount of work that has to go into something to get the best results. But those kids sound like they are almost there. And that in itself is a total WOW!

Posted by Teresa at May 6, 2011 11:58 AM