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Blue Ridge Brass and Pipes Perform at Grandfather Mountain Picnic Shelter Oct. 28 to Celebrate Celtic Culture

Oct. 17, 2012. The sound of bagpipes will fill the air at Grandfather Mountain Oct. 28. Blue Ridge Brass and Pipes, known for their annual performance at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, are making an extra trip this year to celebrate the Celtic culture.

The Oct. 28 performance will begin at 2 p.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. The concert is scheduled to occur at the Let It Rain Picnic Shelter, located next to the Nature Museum, and is weather permitting. The performance is included in regular park admission and those attending are welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

Blue Ridge Brass and Montreat Scottish Pipes and Drums began playing together in 1985. Their first performance was at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in 1986. Since that time they have performed at all the opening ceremonies and worship services for the Games, as well as special concerts. 

In addition to a concert tour in Scotland (1997), they have performed in Colonial Williamsburg and at the First Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C. Other concert venues include Washington National Cathedral, Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater, the National Museum of the Marine Corps and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The band performs traditional and contemporary original Celtic music and is sponsored by the St. Andrews Society of NC, the Montreat Scottish Society, Scottish Heritage USA and the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. James Laughridge is the conductor and arranger and Joseph Bailey is the pipe major.

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience for guests, and inspire them to be good stewards of the earth’s resources. For more information, visit www.grandfather.com or call 800-468-7325.