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Edinboro University’s Scottish Bagpipe Festival sounds off July30

Bagpiping/band competition;outdoor evening concert

07/07/2011

EDINBORO, Pa. – Edinboro University’s summertime salute to its Scottish roots is taking shape as a day-long bagpipe competition and concert scheduled for Saturday, July 30.

Highlighting up to 10 regional bagpipe bands, the Edinboro Bagpipe Festival will feature solo bagpipe competitions, band competitions, and an evening concert culminating in a massed bands presentation.  All individual and band events will be held outdoors under the trees on the lawn of Louis C. Cole Auditorium— Memorial Hall.   In the event of adverse weather, the competitions will take place inside the historic Cole Auditorium, Doucette Hall and the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center.

“We’re pleased to be able to host this competition as another way of paying tribute to our Scottish heritage,” said Dr. Philip Ginnetti, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “It will be a full day of soloists and bands competing, capped off by a concert featuring all of the musicians.  The best part is that all events are free and open to the public.”

Ginnetti said the Edinboro Bagpipe Festival is the University’s gift to its host community, the Borough of Edinboro, and to the broader region beyond.

“It’s a wonderful way to spend either a few hours or the entire day in a relaxing, family-oriented entertainment atmosphere staged in a natural, aesthetically-pleasing setting. We’re confident many will avail themselves of this wonderful opportunity to hear great music with family and friends.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a summer day and evening with us. ”

This year’s Bagpipe Festival, under the direction of Edinboro Music faculty member Patrick Regan, himself a bagpipe instructor and master bagpiper, includes solo bagpipe competitions from 9 a.m. to noon, with the full bands competing from 1 to 4 p.m.

The festival will conclude with an evening outdoor concert with all bands and musicians participating at 7:45 p.m. on the Cole Auditorium lawn.

A light menu of “fair food” and soft drinks, as well as items from the University Bookstore, will be available for purchase during the event.

Festival organizers are also planning a pre-concert parade along Meadville Street, tentatively scheduled to begin about 7 p.m. at the Edinboro Fire Hall, ending at Meadville and Normal Streets.

Edinboro University’s Scottish roots date back to the founding of the Borough of Edinboro in the late 1790s by pioneers, many from Edinburgh, Scotland, who traveled over the mountains from Williamsport in Lycoming County to settle among the dense woodlands of Western Pennsylvania.  In 1857, descendants of those original settlers founded the Edinboro Academy, forerunner of what would become Edinboro University, today the region’s largest and most comprehensive provider of higher education.              Details