One time at band camp… If you’ve seen the movie you know the rest. But do you have any idea what goes on at bagpipe band camp? Below is some advice passed on from our own Fay King that she picked up from one of her many trips to The North American Academy of Piping and Drumming.
Make sure you keep your blow sticks, pipes & practice chanters clean….especially after being sick. Sandy Jones pointed out at NAAPD this summer that it’s important not to reinfect yourself after an illness by playing dirty pipes. He had some issues with the Cadet Corps at the Citadel getting sick over and over. He finally figured it was the germy blowsticks & pipes. Our own Pipe Major chimed in with this tip. Make sure you open your bags up and let them completely dry out after playing it helps keep the moisture down and kill off germs.
Fay thinks she being a bit of a Mom on this one but other than being a kick butt piper its what she does besides it’s some good advice. For those of you who don’t know about NAAPD check out there site above. They have summer camp sessions that are really awesome. Fay goes regularly as does Dennis, and Robin has been numerous times as well. I’ve been and can speak to it’s awesomeness. You get instruction from world class pipers and at least two concerts a day from them. Not to mention the setting in the mountains of North Carolina. Well worth it.
So keep those blow sticks clean and stay well this coming season. And don’t be afraid or snicker the next time you hear “One time at bagpipe band camp….”