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MACA College Series Hosts Pipe and Drum Concert

2/2/2010

A cold January 29 night at the Moberly Area Community College Auditorium saw a large crowd of over 220 people warm to the Tullintrain West Pipes and Drums, a concert that was part of the Moberly Area Council on the Arts and MACC College Series. This group of dedicated bagpipers and drummers dressed in kilts and military-type jackets gave a rousting performance of highland marches and traditional Irish melodies.

The group was also accompanied by a costumed Irish step dancer that gave an idea of how this style of dance is performed in several of its numbers. The Tullintrain West group consisted of two drummers, one on a snare and one on a bass, a drum major/master of ceremonies, and five bagpipe players several of which had international training and recognition. The program consisted of several bagpipe solos and duets and a pair of tin whistle pieces of traditional Irish folk tunes. A crowd favorite of Amazing Grace with a grand entrance brought the crowd to its feet in applause. The end of the performance saw the players march off to the Campbell’s are Coming.

At the conclusion of the performance, the performers shared with those interested the working of their instruments and history of their musical numbers and costumes.

The Tullintrain West Pipe and Drum Band is a volunteer musical group committed to promoting the music of Ireland and Scotland through performance, competition and instruction.

Thanks should be given to the Moberly Area Council on the Arts, their donors and MACC for this program. There is hope to bring this group back to Moberly at a future date.

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