Here we are in the Month of May 2021 we have not been able to practice or play pipes and drums as a full band since March 2020. As we move through this month we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel with a lifting of restrictions in Orkney to level 1 on Monday 17th May However we have not been advised that any piping practice can restart on that date. In fact I believe we are to remain at the same level as the whole of Scotland until we are given the green light by the government to return to piping and drumming. Ongoing I also understand that the whole country will go to level 0 at sometime towards the end of June at which time surely some form of practice and street parades can return.
In Orkney as with a lot of places, most, if not all of the main annual events have already been cancelled in their normal form but some are proceeding on a virtual basis. We as a band do not have any bookings. We will be announcing some self organised street parades and any offers that we receive once we can get back together and form a plan.
Pipers are already taking their pipes out of the box, for some it has been a long time since they have seen the light of day. Drummers are looking for their drum pads and hoping the family haven’t used them as teapot stands.
Practices will start as soon as we are allowed and hopefully get a full band out as soon as possible. Until then we won’t hold our breath we will use it to blow the dust out of that pipe bag and the drummers will be giving their drum pads a lot of stick.