Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 44, Page 11

Píobaire, An, Volume 4, Issue 44, Page 11
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Na Píobairí Uilleann
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Píobaire, An
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11Gabriel McKeagney~ Piping Events ~Southern California TionólHere’s a quick thumbnail sketch of the2007 Southern California Tionól.There were 52 pipers in attendance;in addition to pipers from across California,there were attendees from Hawaii, Arizona,Utah, New Mexico, Washington, Minnesota,Kentucky and Maryland.The instructors were Seán McKiernan, JimmyO’Brien-Moran and Benedict Koehler, withMartin Preshaw, Michael O’Donovan andTed Anderson at the reed table. Pipe makersDavid Quinn and Michael Hubbert were alsoin attendance.“Promising Young Piper” Scholarships wereprovided for Tim Drake, Joey Abarta, MikeDe Smidt and Ben Jaber (additional scholar-ships were offered to Nicola Stathers andKellner Brown; Nicola was unable to attenddue to an injury and Kellner had an unexpect-ed scheduling conflict). Tim, Joey and Mikewere introduced at the Saturday night concertas our “NPU-sponsored Scholars” and eachperformed a set of tunes individually, thenthey played a set together. A video clip ofJoey Abarta’s performance is available onYouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UorsHBaMbewWe gratefully acknowledged NPU’s generousgrant at the concert as well. We took a quickshow of hands, and I’m delighted to reportthat a majority of the pipers in attendance aremembers of NPU. Those who were not yetmembers of NPU were strongly encouragedto join, and were given NPU’s websiteaddress. In addition to the pipers, we hadsome 40 members of the general public attendthe concert.I believe that our Tionól was quite a success.We are very grateful for NPU’s generous sup-port—it was a big help to us! Larry DunnAt the reedmaking table, (L - R): Michael O’Donovan, Benedict Koehler, Tom Klein, John Ward, Steve Pribyl,Jerry O’Neill, Pat D’Arcy, Jeff Reed, Dan Mudd, John Manning, Joseph Sampson, Michael Hubbert
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