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Spring of 2017

From October through to March, we simply rehearse, learn new material, enjoy just piping and drumming.  We generally don't have any performances.  Then St. Patrick's Day comes (in March), and the world changes!

If you're looking at the band's website for the first time, enjoy exploring!  Please see the "Notes" following this paragraph.


1. This schedule is speaking to band members, as a means for keeping information available at all times, so it will be "operational" in tone.

2. Schedules are always subject to some changes, and should be considered "provisional."  We will seek to provide up-to-date information, but it's always best to call to confirm the Highlanders presence anywhere.  You may call Neil Gillette at 303-332-6133, if you have questions.  You may email at neil80222@gmail.com .

How Current is this information?  Updated on Monday, May 22, 2017 -- 4:00 p.m.

Weather Note regarding Practices:
Kiowa is at 6,200 feet and part of the "Palmer Divide," which is notorious for having severe weather. 
In the last twelve months, we've cancelled practice due to snow, ice, flooded road conditions, and in warm months, high wind and severe thunder-storms (if there's hail, there's probably a tornado-watch on).  So...unless it's bright, sunny and calm out, you might do well to call to make sure that practice is still happening, prior to making the trip out to Kiowa. If the weather looks questionable, call Jim Campbell (303-243-0300 cell), John Kummer (
303-646-2724) or Neil Gillette (303-332-6133 cell)

We are available to do performances, generally with at least two weeks notice, provided we're not already scheduled.  Take this link for information on hiring the 79th Highlanders Pipe Band for your next special event.

Sat., March 11, 2017--
Colorado Springs St. Patrick's Day Parade
Meet at 11:00 a.m., Parade steps off at 12:00 noon (our step-off time depends on where we're at in the parade)
  • Before the Parade: Members of the 79th Highlanders (and their accompaning family members) are invited to the Jim and Connie DeGeorge house, in Colorado Springs, for breakfast burritos, etc. -- starting at 9:00 a.m.  Address to come.
  • Show-up Time:  Form-up at the Parade no earlier than 11:00 a.m. (because of a running race along the parade route).  WE ARE UNIT #81 (of 105 units).  We will probably step off around 1:00 p.m.
  • Meeting Location:  Tejon St. and Monument St. in the Downtown area of Colorado Springs.
  • Uniform: Blue Jackets (or approved alternative)
  • The parade is a "point-to-point" parade, starting in the north and ending in the south at the Pioneers Museum (old courthouse) at Tejon and Vermijo.  Recommended end-of-parade parking garage at Nevada Ave. & Colorado Ave., one block north (cost $5).
  • After the Parade: Fargo's Pizza, 2910 E Platte Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Sun., March 12, 2017--
Sedalia St. Patrick's Day Parade

Meet at 1:00 p.m. at the convergence of Platte Ave. & Plum Ave., 1/4 mile north of Manhart Ave. (Highway 67),
Parade steps off at 2:00 p.m., Performance after parade at O'Brien's Cafe.

Friday., March 17, 2017--
Colorado National Guard March to fight hunger.
Pipers and drummers will be performing in Parker at 9:00 a.m. 
  • Meeting Location: Southeast Community Outreach--16965 Pine Lane #100, Parker, Colorado 80134  -- This is the northeast corner of Jordan Road and Pine Lane. 
  • Show-up time: 8:00 a.m., or as soon after as possible.
  • Event description:  Pipers and Drummers will be performing as soldiers march in from Jordan Road (having marched five miles), each carrying around 35 lbs. of food in back-packs (ruck-sacks).  This is an outdoors performance.
  • Uniform: Blue Jackets (or approved alternative)
  • Ending Time:  Probably around 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 15, 2017--
Piper George Adamson's Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony
Celebrating this high achievement of one of our (young) piper's qualification as an Eagle Scout.
  • Meeting Location: Calhan V.F.W. Hall (The Clarence G. Dzuris Post 5221)   568 Colorado Ave., Calhan, CO 80808  USA
  • Show-up time: 10:00 a.m., or as soon after as possible.  Ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m.  Pipe Band members perform several tunes at the end of the ceremony.
  • Event description:  This presentation will be around an hour in length, and will be indoors.  George has been with our band for at least five years, both as a drummer and as a piper.  
  • Uniform: Blue Jackets (or approved alternative)
  • Ending Time:  Probably around 12:00 noon (or so).  Reception (and food) afterwards.

Saturday, April 22, 2017--
Perform for the Grand Opening of the Garden Center at the Elizabeth Walmart

  • Meeting Location: 2100 Legacy Cir, Elizabeth, CO 80107
  • Show-up time: 9:00 a.m., or as soon after as possible. Performance begins at 10:00 a.m.  Pipe Band members perform several tunes over the course of an hour.
  • Event description:  Pipe Band members perform several tunes over the course of an hour.  This is a paid performance.
  • Uniform: Blue Jackets (or approved alternative)
  • Ending Time:  Probably around 11:00 a.m. (or so).  Food is provided afterwards (hot dogs, etc.).

Sat., May 6, 2017--
Calhan Loyalty Day Parade

(this is midway between Colorado Springs and Limon, on U.S. Highway 24)
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Calhan School (on 10th St. one block east of Yoder St., in SE Calhan), Parade steps off at 11:00 a.m.

Sunday., May 28, 2017--
Memorial Day Event at Englewood High School

3800 S. Logan St., Englewood, CO 80113 (Hampden and Logan (near Broadway) in the south-central Denver area).

Meet at 12:30 p.m. in lower parking lot--E. Lehigh Ave. and S. Logan St. (2 blocks south of U.S 285).
Perform at the high school's Memorial monument, as a prelude (around 1:30 until 1:45 p.m.) to the inside show, then perform inside from 1:50 until 2:00 p.m. in the high school's auditorium.

Uniform: Blue Jackets.

Sat., June 3, 2017--
Elizabeth Stampede Parade

Meet at 9:00 a.m., Corner of Pearl St. and County Road 136
Parade steps off at 10:00 a.m.
After parade street performance at 11:30 a.m. 
Lunch at Los Volcanes Mexican Restaurant after street performance.

Sat., June 10--
Peyton Town Festival

8:30 or 9:00 a.m.
information to come.
79th coordinator: Capt. Jim DeGeorge II

Sat. and Sun., June 17 and 18--
Pikes Peak Celtic Festival

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Memorial Park, Colorado Springs

Sat. and Sun., July 15 and 16, 2017--
Elizabeth Celtic Festival

Casey Jones Park, Elizabeth, Colorado.  Paid Performance
79th coordinator: Neil Gillette (303-332-6133 cell)

Sat., July 29, 2017--
Buffalo Bill Days in Golden

Cody's Wild West Show at Lion's Park (10th St. west of Illinois, Golden) at 12:30 p.m.
Meet at 11:00 a.m. for walk-thru rehearsal.  Paid Performance.
79th coordinator: Jim Campbell (303-243-0300 cell)

Sun., July 30, 2017--
Burro Days Parade in Fairplay

Meet at 10:00 a.m., Parade at 11:00 a.m., possible short performance afterwards.  Paid Performance.
79th coordinator: Josh Kraus

MONDAY, August 21, 2017--
7th Annual Mulligans for Military Benefit Golf Tournament

Spring Valley Golf Course, north of Elizabeth (east of Parker)
Meet at 7:00 a.m. (in the early morning), perform from 7:15-7:45, then participate in the opening ceremonies.

79th coordinator: Neil Gillette (303-332-6133 cell)

Sunday, Sept. 3, (2017)--(possible performance, pending confirmation, date not yet confirmed, but would be during the Labor-Day Weekend)
The Taste of Colorado

Civic Center Park, Downtown Denver (Paid performance)
Performance time to be announced.
Heritage Stage (same as last year and all previous years)--near the corner of Colfax and Broadway.
79th coordinator: Neil Gillette (303-332-6133 cell)

Sat., Sept. 9, 2017--
Fort Lupton Tapper Days Festival
Perform at the Fort Lupton Historic Park

79th coordinator: Jim Campbell (303-243-0300 cell)



Our main practice time is on Tuesday Evenings in Franktown, Colorado., for the summer months.
This practice is at Living Water Christian Church, 7049 E. Park Drive, Franktown, CO 80116 with a general start time of around 6:00 p.m. led by Pipe Corporal Rob Bratsch.  We often have drumming instruction and Highland dance, too.   The purpose of this practice is to help band members get consistent weekly instruction and rehearsal.  In the event of bad weather, call to make certain Tuesday practice is being held (call Neil Gillette 303-332-1633).

2017 Schedule of Practices
and Known Performances

  • Please note that when we have a performance on a weekend, we almost always cancel the practice on that weekend--the rationale being that members have already given up one day for the band, and that at least one day should be for family and home activities. 
  • There are exceptions to this--St. Patrick's Day is a full 2-day push.  Further, there are two-day Highland Games (Celtic Festivals), where we ask everyone to come both days. 
  • Once in a while, there might be a situation, where a few members perform for an event, but we don't want to give up practice for everyone. 
  • In the end, all members need to be self-motivated about practicing on their own and being prepared to show-up really ready to perform at a gig--most performances are very similar in format, and we will almost always welcome members who have been away, but want to perform.  You are members of this band and we rely on you to make every performance and practice that you can...also, you become better pipers, drummers and dancers if you don't miss practices or performances much.
  • Finally--and this is important--changes happen, so consider this schedule "provisional" (open to change);  check the website or make a phone call and get up-to-date information.

May, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 -- 6:00-9:00 p.m.  --  Tuesday Night Practice,
Living Water Christian Church, 7049 E. Park Drive, Franktown.

Performance on Sunday, May 28, 2017 -- Englewood High School. 
Meet time is at 12:30 p.m., at the Lower Parking Lot on Logan at Lehigh Ave.
Performance time is at 1:30 p.m.  Done performing around 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 -- 6:00-9:00 p.m.  --  Tuesday Night Practice,
Living Water Christian Church, 7049 E. Park Drive, Franktown.

Performance on Saturday, June 3, 2017 -- Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo Parade. 
Meet time is at 9:00 a.m., at the intersection of
Pearl St. and County Road 136, in south Elizabeth.
Performance time is at 10:00 a.m. 
After-parade performance at the "Elizabash Street Festival" on Main Street at 11:00 a.m.
Done performing around 11:30 a.m.
  Members encouraged to do a big meal thing at Las Volcanes Mexican Restaurant in Elizabeth, after the Elizabash performance.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 -- 6:00-9:00 p.m.  --  Tuesday Night Practice,
Living Water Christian Church, 7049 E. Park Drive, Franktown.

Performance on Saturday, June 10, 2017 -- Peyton Town Festival--play for the Opening Ceremony. 
Meet time is at 8:00 a.m., at Capt. Jim DeGeorge's house,
13625 Front St, Peyton, CO 80831
Performance time is at 8:30 a.m. 
Done performing around 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 -- 6:00-9:00 p.m.  --  Tuesday Night Practice,
Living Water Christian Church, 7049 E. Park Drive, Franktown.

These tunes are our "Top Ten List"
(which is our "Basic Core List" of tunes 1-4, and our "Intermediate Core List" of tunes 5-10)--

 1. Amazing Grace

 2. Mairi's Wedding

 3. The Rowan Tree
(pronounced (by Scots, at least): "Rall-in" not "Row-in")

 4. The Marine Corps Hymn

 5. Bide Awa'

 6. Skye Boat Song

 7. Garryowen  (pronounced: "Gary - owen")

 8. Green Hills of Tyrol

 9. When the Battle is Over

Scotland the Brave

If you can't come to band practices, you can get yourself set-up on the tunes. 

If you are a newer piper, you should have "The Basic Core Tunes List" and Intermediate Core Tunes List, which together are the first ten tunes memorized and able to play on the pipes.  Member-Pipers will always be welcome to "get back on board" in the band, knowing that we will play most of the top ten tunes at performances.

Better, more experienced pipers should have the "Advanced Core Tunes List" (the next ten tunes) under their fingers.  If you are really needing a challenge, we have tunes (or sets) 14, 15, 16, and 17, and also have the "Extra Tunes List"  beyond that. I'm soon going to be uploading the dance tunes, as well. 

Please have the tunes down by the numbers... don't learn something from the Extra Tunes List before you have all the tunes down from the Core Lists.  

Check back on this site, for any updates.  You can tell how current the information is by the "updated on..." date.

We will try to keep the calendar accurate and up-tp-date. 

This schedule can change...so always consider it "provisional."

The calendar was updated on Sunday, July 30, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

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