Good morning and Happy Friday to everyone! Here are some highlights from the 2013 Celtic Classic Bagpipe competition. The bands in the video are Class 4 bands. The bagpipe bands are rated on a scale of 1 to 5. Class 5 being the more inexperienced bands who are still trying to hone their craft and become a more tight-knit unit. Class 1 bands are the bands who are experts at their craft. Some competitions do not even have Class 1 bands as that level only has the best of the best. There appear to be more CLass 2-4 bands than any other class. Sometimes there are competitions where there is no band in a specific class.
The bands practice and perform long hours just to be able to compete against other bands at this level. Bands ranged from high school students to the most experienced pipers. Even the slightest mistake can mean the difference in finishing with a one spot difference. Carnegie Mellon University sent their well oiled machine of bagpipers and drummers down for competition. It did not matter what you competed in, the Highland Games or the Bagpipe competition, everyone gave their all just to finish one spot higher than their competition.
The video has four bands performing. I was at other events and seeing what else the Celtic Classic had to offer rather than covering every band who competed. The next update will have video highlights from the Highland Game competition and highlights from watching herding dogs do their job. If you do enjoy the videos I post, leave a comment or a message. Always nice to get feedback from those who appreciate the work I put into the videos and website.