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Pipe band ready for 2014 Alberta Summer Games ceremony

By: Christina Waldner

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:38 am

The Airdrie Scots Pipes and Drums practice for the 2014 Summer Games Opening Ceremonies at the Ed Eggerer Athletic Park.
The Airdrie Scots Pipes and Drums practice for the 2014 Summer Games Opening Ceremonies at the Ed Eggerer Athletic Park.
Christina Waldner/Rocky View Publishing

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When the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Alberta Summer Games get underway at 7 p.m. on July 24, the Airdrie Scots Pipes and Drums will be ready.

The newly formed group is preparing to take to the field at the Ed Eggerer Athletic Park to pipe in the dignitaries and the side party as part of the opening ceremony.

The six pipers and three drummers, all from Airdrie and the surrounding area, have been meeting twice a week to practice since about Christmas of 2013.

The group ranges in age from 18 to 60 so some members have a lot of experience while others are still learning. They are always looking to add new members.

“We have no restrictions, like some other groups,” said leader and founder, Kevin Fraser. “We’re going to take anybody. If they want to drive to our practices, they’re welcome to come join us.”

“We play in parks to do the group practice on instruments so the odd person has seen us but this will be our first public performance,” said Fraser.

Fraser said they’ll perform Scotland the Brave and Mary’s Wedding at the ceremony.

“One of our guys was talking to, I don’t know if it was a volunteer with the Games itself or one of the firefighters in the flag party, but he mentioned that he plays the pipes (as) part of a group and it bounced around full circle until it got back to us and we got asked to play,” Fraser added.

The Opening Ceremony may be the group’s first public performance but they already have their second lined up; they’ll play during ARTember at Nose Creek Park at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 27.

Fraser said they’re also available for other events. They are in the process of building a website airdriescots.com - but for now the easiest way to reach them is through Facebook.


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