Things to know. Or not....
It's so nice to be asked to pipe at highland dance contests of any size. Small, big, outdoor, indoor, it's all the same - all important in someone else's life and a culmination of a lot of preparation and work that you are hired to support.
So, you get ready by reviewing your tunes and getting the pipes all ready to be played throughout the day - the same tunes for each dance, but different tempos - all set by the judging panel watching very closely and listening to you play.
It's not easy but it is very rewarding. I am very good at chasing the sound and making sure the dance pieces are well presented.
Always learning, every day.
Bethany Bisaillion is a piper living in Ottawa, Canada. She performs, produces shows and loves to help others. Being loud and sometimes in a kilt is a way of life.