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May 2007

Don't forget Mother's Day is May 13th!

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Ciarns Companion

New by Major Archie Cairns - The "Companinon". This is a perfect "partner" for the "How To" Piobaireachd manual. Contains tunes:

  • Black Donald's March
  • Lament for Mary MacLeod
  • The Massacre of Glencoe
  • Lament for MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart
  • Clan Campbell's Gathering
  • Tulloch Ard
  • The Glen is Mine
  • MacCrimmon's Sweetheart
Check out our website for great gifts for mom!

We have a large selection of silver and gold jewellery, CD's and rouana's.

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Small Pipe Case

May Specials, Check out our website for details.

Free pipe case with purchase of each new set of pipes.

May 19th - Moose Jaw Highland Games

May 20th - Regina Highland Games

May 26th - Tattoo in Regina

May 31st-June 2 - Mosaic in Regina

June 23rd - Red Deer Highland Games

June 24 - Ellerslie Highland Games

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Feature Article
Hearing Protection

Hearing Protection

Over the years there has been many discussions if playing in a pipe band can lead to hearing damage or loss. With many tests done and surveys conducted one can conclude that members of a band could indeed sustain hearing damage.

Without hearing protection, members face a serious risk of lasting hearing damage as decibel levels are over 90. Outdoors it has been recorded that pipes can reach decibel levels ranging between 108 to 111. 111 decibels is equivalent to how loud a pneumatic drill is.

Indoors, pipes can reach decibel levels up to 116, which is as loud as a chainsaw. Snare drums can hit up to 122 decibels. The noise level is louder than the sound produced by a jet engine at take off.

It has been suggested that regular hearing tests are a good idea to ensure members of the bands are not sustaining any hearing damage.

In 2006, the Ministry of Defence in Britain ordered Army bagpipers to limit playing indoors 15 minutes a day and 24 minutes a day when playing outdoors. If the piper wants to play longer, they have to wear ear protection.

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Rauncie Kinnaird
Kinnaird Bagpipes
Phone: 306-249-2939