Pipe band hosts 'Pipes at Pogue'

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Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at 5:16 PM

“It’s Edinboro. There should be bagpipes,” said Edinboro faculty member Sean Patrick Regan. “It seemed like a good way to add some color to people’s lives.”

That’s why the Edinboro University Pipe Band is hosting monthly lunchtime recitals during the spring semester at the Frank G. Pogue Student Center.

The recitals will take place the third Wednesday of both February and March, with the final concert taking place April 17. Each recital features senior Thomas Dillon, who is a music major with a concentration in the bagpipes, and junior Mia Harvey, who is a dual major in music (concentration in bagpipes) and strategic communications. The final performance will include Dillon, Harvey and Regan. 

“It gives an outlet for the more advanced members of the program to perform,” said Regan. “It’s nice to have a recital setting to give them a proper stage.”

Regan is an alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in music education and a concentration in bagpipes. He was appointed last fall as a professor in the music and theatre department, serving as the director of the pipe band and instructor for its many piping-related courses.

“I’ve always had an interest in teaching, and [I believe in] the idea that if you’re good at teaching something you’ll have a greater understanding of the thing itself,” said Regan. 

The recitals are another way of expanding the pipe band influence. Regan stated that, “[I’d] like to see a pipe band program that is known in the northeast.”

The pipe band was formed in 1992, and the ensemble is open to interested students and community members. Their performances include playing at the Edinboro Highland Games, Edinboro homecoming parades, graduation ceremonies and much more. “It’s a fun time; it’s something that you can do and say that you did, and if you like it, you can keep doing it until you die,” said Regan.

He explained that the “Pipes at Pogue,” while being a recital, will also serve as a recruiting tool for the pipe band. Each show is free to the public, and “anybody interested in bagpipes,” there’s an opportunity to join the ensemble of pipers or drummers and to sign up for lessons.

“It’s a great way of giving back to the Edinboro community,” said Harvey, adding, “I think everyone should learn how to play the bagpipes or drums because that’s the true Edinboro experience.”

The monthly recitals are also sponsored in part by the student theater and music organizations on campus: Alpha Psi Omega, Sigma Alpha Iota, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Kappa Kappa Psi. 

The next recital will take place in Pogue Student Center on Feb. 20. For more information about this event, contact Sean Reagan at sregan@edinboro.edu. 

Collin Alekson | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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