Folks, it seems that my report to THE VOICE was apparently not received by John Bottomley and published in the latest on-line issue.
This is the information which I DID send on August 28 to THE VOICE for publication in the latest issue: *note most of the information is moot now, but since I was “called out” about it on a social media site, I thought I would set the record straight….and I never received any notification that it WASN’T received so assumed all was well…
Southern Branch Report
Though it is still hot in the South, things will be cooling down before too long and the Southern season will be wrapping up by mid-October. In the meantime, there is a lot to be seen and heard prior to that time.
Our first upcoming Games of the Southern fall season will be Charleston on September 19 – with one of the highlights of that event being that the Grade III bands will be playing both the stated medley contest of the day as well as a special “MSR” contest as well. It will be good to hear our Grade III bands playing their “other” selection on that day. For further information, visit: www.charlestonscots.org
Though it has been posted on our branch webpage (www.south.euspbabranch.org), and elsewhere, the Annual Branch AGM will be held on Sunday morning, September 20 at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, 1998 Riviera Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC. The meeting will start promptly at 9 a.m. Any items to be presented by the Branch at the AGM must be presented at this meeting, and will be discussed and voted upon at this time. I look forward to your participation in this meeting. You must be present or have a representative at the meeting to submit any potential agenda items you or your band may have.
Two weeks from Charleston, the Branch Band Championship will be held at the Scotland County Games (www.schgnc.org). Also, on the Friday night before the Games, the annual “Worlds Great Pipers Concert Series” sponsored by the Games will feature Eight-time Glenfiddich Piping Championship Winner Willie McCallum in concert at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC. This will be Willie’s first visit to the Southern U.S. and we hope to offer him a warm welcome – and I’m certain that many will be in attendance at his concert that evening. Details found on the website above.
The Stone Mountain Games will mark the end of the Southern Branch’s season on October 17. This event has traditionally been one of the largest in the South, and I look forward to seeing many of you there. For further information, visit: www.smhg.org
To all who are planning on competing at our Branch events, please make sure to get your entries in promptly to our Piping and Drumming directors. I am hearing that the trends are leaning toward later and later registrations from competitors which creates an unnecessary strain on these folks who do so much for us in making our events happen. Please register early…don’t wait til the last minute!
All the best to our Branch members, bands, and solo competitors in their late summer and early fall playing endeavors!
Chairman, Southern Branch