Last night was Adam’s first time attending a practice of the “Stag and Thistle” bagpipe band of Fresno. Those who know my kids won’t be surprised at Adam’s selection of his latest instrument. Both boys are enthralled with Celtic and traditional Irish music. Adam has been begging for months now to take bagpiping lessons. I thought if ignored him long enough, the phase would pass.
Wrong! He took the initiative to locate a local pipe band, reschedule his flute lessons and even save up some money for the eventual purchase of bagpipes. Blessedly, the first stage of learning to play is to use a “chanter” which is a very quiet equivalent of a full set of pipes. So last night, we went off to his first lesson. I deposited him in the company of some very nice men who seemed very enthused about seeing a fresh face. When I walked back to my car, the strains of “Danny Boy”, “Amazing Grace” and that one famous Scottish anthem were droning loudly outside the practice room as the pipers warmed up.
Adam will start off for a few months with a one hour beginner’s lesson. If his interest continues and he practices diligently, he can join the band – which means his own kilt and set of pipes. Last night when I picked him up, he was positively glowing with excitement. His teacher was impressed by his site reading abilities and interest level and gave him very positive remarks. It’s so wonderful, as a mom, to see that look of unadulterated joy on your child’s face (even if it’s caused by bagpipes!)
I will keep you posted on our path towards a full set of pipes. I’m still not convinced that this latest instrument choice will “stick”, but if last night was any indication I may be investing in bagpipes and earplugs very soon.