The Pipers’ & Pipe Band Society of Ontario introduced a new feature to several highland games this past season. The society, in alliance with highland games organizers, set up a tent to welcome any member of the public to “Come & Try” the pipes or drums (or both!). It was free of charge with the tent being staffed by volunteer PPBSO pipers and drummers.
Anyone dropping by the tent was also provided with a card with a QR code that would quickly connect them with the PPBSO’s new - and growing - database of province-wide teachers.
The initiative was run by the PPBSO’s Education Committee and chair of the committee, Malcolm Bow was thrilled with the results. “The public response was amazing, it was heartening to see so many kids giving the instruments a try,” he said.
A big thank-you to our many volunteers at the various games but especially to the Guelph and Fergus pipe band organizations, the Hamilton Police Pipe Band, the Glengarry School of Piping & Drumming as well as committee members Tyler Bridge and Ross Davison for their exceptional help.
"Come & Try" tents were presented at Georgetown, Kingsville, Cambridge, Maxville and Fergus highland games this past season.
They're sure to be back in the 2024 games season!