2013 Celtic Classic Class 4 Bagpipe Band Competition Highlights


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.


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2013 Celtic Classic tartan Parade Video

Good afterbnoon everyone!  Gina and I had a very entertaining weekend at the 2013 Celtic Classic.  Thousands came out for their 25th year of providing a great festival of Celtic heritage.  Gina and I were kilted for the occasion.  I might add a picture on that the next time.  The Celtic Classic featured babpipe competitions, the 2013 Highland Games, a Highland Dance Competition, a night of comedy, a youth fiddle competition, whickey tasting and so much more.

IMG_7124There were bands performing each day, tons of different foods to sample including fried haggis, and a slew of vendors providing Celtic  merchandise for every age range.  Both Scotland and Ireland were represented to each country’s fullest.  It really was a fun time had by all.  There was entertainment around every corner for every age group.  From the Tartan Parade to learning to pour the perfect pint of Guinness, there was something for everyone.  That is, if you were not getting pissed at the Jameson Irish Pub they had set up.

The official start of the Celtic Classic came with the Tartan Parade on Saturday.  Everyone lined the parade route to get a glimpse of the pipe bands and O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance who had over 100 dancers.  Actually, one could hear them coming even before you could see them.  The final band of the parade had so many members, it reminded me of the wooden soldiers in the Laurel & Hardy classic “March of the Wooden Soldiers“.  The only item missing was Mickey Mouse in a blimp.

Here is the Tartan Parade in its fullest.  Later in the week I will have highlights from the bagpipe competition and the Highland Games.  I may have some surprises in there as well regarding other footage from the Celtic Classic.  So for now, enjoy the parade!!

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Post Move, the Celtic Classic, & Perfect Pour Guinness Video

Good morning to everyone out there who might actually be reading this.  What a busy few weeks it has been moving and getting settled in to the new homestead.  It has been a good kind of busy.  Just think of George and Weezie moving on up.  The first few days that was what I was thinking.  I even did the “George Jefferson Swagger” for Gina as that is one memorable swagger.  I will have some pictures or video next week of the new place.  Like I said, it has just been busy.  Well, that and one other slight issue.

In the process of packing, I wanted to make sure my SD cards were in a safe place.  This way, when we arrived in our new abode, I would be able to hit the ground running.  I could not even touch the ground as I put those SD cards in such a safe place, I forgot where I put them.  Yeah, perfect.  They are in a Talenti gelato container in some storgae bin.  Finding them will be my own personal home game.  Can I guess which bin my SD cards are in?  Tune in next week as I pull my hair out of my head checking the same containers over and over.  Film at 11.

I ended up buying to SD cards from Amazon in the meantime so I have something to record with.  The need was important as Gina and I will be attending the Celtic Classic in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania this weekend.  The weekend will be a great reminder of our trip to Ireland and Scotland this past summer.  The trip is embeded in my memory as one of the best experiences of my life.  To be surrounded by the same feeling I had at Oliver St. John Gogarty‘s, the Guinness Storehouse, or even the Jameson Distillery is worth the trip to the Celtic Classic.

ImageThree2013The Celtic Classic offers the largest Highland Games and festival in North America!   In the tradition of the celebration of Celtic heritage, the Celtic Classic has endured both man and nature for over 25 years.  This September 27, 28 & 29, 2013, the Celtic Classic will return to Historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, renewed in its purpose, to preserve and promote Celtic Culture. They continue to bring the same great athletics, piping, music and dance to thrill and entertain the masses.

The essence of tradition is the interpretation of it by the people presenting it. The volunteers who will be bringing the 2013 Celtic Classic will put their own stamp on this world class event. On Saturday morning, Gina and I have a 10 AM whickey tasting.  They same kind of whiskey tasting experience we had in Edinburgh.  There is also a lesson on how to pour the perfect Guinness.  Another activity we eagerly learned in Dublin at the Guinness Storehouse.  Being able to take part in these activites is what will make the weekend worth remembering.  That along with all the pictures and cideo to be taken.  Bad joke?  Not really.

So when we get back I will have the updates I promised and talked about regarding my video blog, YouTube page, or whatever else one calls their video series.  I thought “Dave On Demand” sounded quite snazzy.  Combine that with reports from the Celtic Classic and my classes at Gotham Writers Workshop in a few weeks and you have quite a lot of topics to discuss.  So much time and so little to do.  Strike that, reverse it.

Moving has also helped me to relax and let my mind focus on what I need to.  I can associate it with a toy I had in the late 70’s.  It was an Incredible Hulk toy in a cage.  You pumped him full of air and he would expand to the point where his clothes would tear off before he broke out of the cage.  It was a fun toy.  I remember playing with it before having my tonsils removed.  My old place was sort of like that.  I was cramped for space, I needed to break out and let my mind and creativity have more space to work properly.

Now that I have had a few weeks to think and get my stuff situated, it will be easier going forward to do what I set out to do.  In the middle of it all I need to get my ass to a New York Giants or Jets tailgate this season.  The New York Jets are 2-1 behind Geno Smith.  It is painful to cheer for Gang Green, but I do it.  Thank you to my father for that one.

I need to start packing for the Celtic Classic.  I will be kilted and will have pictures for eveyone to see.  No, I will not be going regimental.  There will be Under Armour worn underneath just in case the wind decides to blow.  So as I am off getting pissed, enjoy a video of my wife Gina and I learning how to pour the perfect Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland from this past summer.

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