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Bagpipe Band

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BENEFITING: Heritage Foundation

Matthew Poletti

THE STORY:

I am a Grade II Bagpiper that moved to Ohio and haven't had the time yet to start teaching beginners the fundamentals of the instrument. If you or someone you know are interested in learning the bagpipes, shoot me a text at 631-681-2669. Every one learns at their own pace which is why private lessons will be offered. Heritage and college scholarship information as well as any other questions may also be answered. This project will help create a heritage (Irish and Scottish) and hobby experience like the one I had growing up in New York. My fraternal organization council has given me permission to use our hall for practice and lesson purposes. Currently I am recruiting for a bagpipe band both potential pipers and drummers. The funds will be used for supplies such as uniforms, music books, maintenance supplies and drums. Kilts alone are several hundred dollars each. I also have to track down a Scottish/Highland drum instructor, I do know of one named Tom Foote who would need compensation for his time and travel expenses. I believe he is on Linked in if you wish to review his credentials. I am a Grade II Bagpiper who has taught before, won competitions as well as have had been taught by some great instructors and lucky enough to have had a scholarship for college. Bagpiping is a unique and wonderful experience especially for those who grow up in that environment. I wish to not only teach the instrument but to provide a culture and history experience as well. Fundraising to start a Pipe Band is always difficult and many don't end up starting because of it. As I've moved around I have been a part of three different pipe bands and have actually been a founding member and knows what it takes to start one. I think its so important to give kids as many opportunities in life as possible and those that are more positive and discipline focused will help keep them on track as well as prevent them from falling into a bad crowd. If they work hard there are scholarship opportunities out there and even minors and Bachelor degrees at some schools. When it comes down to a five year plan, the first will be recruiting and fundamentals. The second and third years will be more of a band transition as they learn how to play together, march to a beat and possibly participate in parades. The fourth year they will be exposed to the competition world of piping, the rules as well as where to compete on the individual and band level (you can find additional information on EUSPBA.org). The fifth year will be where we will begin to start to pulling ourselves together as a band and strive for the next level of performance and competition. In the competition world you start at Grade 5 and work your way up. Also during these five years we will throw fundraising events, compete, travel a bit, perform, play at funerals, conduct workshops and possibly get some students well off enough to help them get scholarships. It would be good to help them get a leg up in life. There are also the possibilities of hosting events like competitions and perhaps bagpipe camps during the summers like I one I went to in North Carolina. To help these students become the best they can be, I will also offer private lessons to help them progress faster than simply meeting once a week as a band. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, this is something that I am passionate about and will put the hours in for their success. Thank you for your time and consideration. To show you about my passion especially if you have no experience with the bagpipe world and community, here is an embarrassing youtube link on a class project I did for my MBA where I plan to open a Bagpipe shop when I'm older and retire. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUes5hjkMwI . The following links are from my college band experience to show what a bagpipe education experience can create http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hjvzShyKJA , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcm4uZmTcMg , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2BEmQMDky0 , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYxipRAvedc , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8Phb-RLjUY Thank you again for your time and consideration.

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