Saturday, May 28, 2011

Troy Reeds are Tweeting

Yep, that's right. Jumping on the social media band wagon, we are on Twitter (@jwtreedmakers). Although we've been on there for a while, we just wanted to make sure you knew.

JWT Reedmakers is also on Facebook. We have made it easy to remember and easy to use with a vanity URL. : 'Like' our page and get the most up to date activities from us in your News Feed!

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Friday, May 27, 2011

JWT Reedmakers Takes It To The Pub...

A few weeks ago, James P., Ryan and I all ended up in Toronto at the same time. James P. was to play in the Livingstone Invitational, Ryan was there to participate in the Magnum Workshop and I was there to run the GoodLife Half Marathon. Alex Gandy was there for the Livingstone as well (winning it!) to complete the family circle.
After everyone had finished their duties, we all converged at The Caledonian, a lovely Scottish pub on College St. in downtown Toronto on Sunday afternoon. We were lucky enough to be joined by some good friends while making more friends with the locals, playing some tunes and of course, sampling the beverages.
Ryan, always equipped with her camera caught some great moments, including this one, featured on the Photographer Network as her Photo of the Week (05/23/2011)

See Ryan in action taking the exact photo you see above in this video, featuring Alex Gandy (who is clearly not impressing the cute old lady)...


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Victoria Highland Games, Past and Present

Given that Nana was a collector of keepsakes, it is no surprise that a program from the 1973 Victoria Highland Games resurfaced days before the 2011 Victoria Highland Games. Interestingly enough, the Games were held in the exact same place in 2011 as it was in 1973. Interesting because throughout the years, the Games has moved venues but has ended back at Topaz Park due to its growing in size and popularity. Kudos to Jim Maxwell and the Victoria Highland Games Association who have all worked so hard to make this a prominent city event.

Looking through the 1973 program (in pristine condition, I might add) with the rest of the family drummed up a lot of memories for everyone. With the whole family (including aunts, uncles and cousins) participating in highland activity at some point, there are plenty of stories to tell. With their children being heavily involved in the highland dancing and pipe bands, of course Nana and Grandpa (Watling - Mom's side) were involved themselves in the Games itself. It is quite fitting that Nana (Ellamae Watling) was head of Publicity while Grandpa (Len Watling) was the announcer....all I can picture is that cute wee man on stage with a microphone as big as he was...

A lot of the names listed were consistently involved in the local piping and drumming community over many years and have also passed the music, the talent and the sense of community on to their children and in some cases, grandchildren. Circled below is Pipe Major Ray Gandy of the Canadian Scottish Regiment, father of Bruce Gandy. A last name that is well known and respected throughout the piping world due to the mega success of Bruce and son, Alex. (Speaking of which, check out pipes|drums for the 2011 Livingstone video highlights of Alex's win and James P.'s second place performance!)

Having been going to the Victoria Highland Games since the age of five first as an observer, then as a competitor and now as a judge, James W. Troy was the perfect candidate for Chieftain of the 2011 Games. Being an honoured guest plus a judge made for a busy day! Probably the sharpest dressed man on the field that day, James W. officially opened the Games on Sunday.


Friday, May 13, 2011

2011 Livingstone Invitational

Taking place tomorrow in Hamilton, Ontario is the William Livingstone Memorial Invitational contest. Amongst a great field of competitors, James P. is back for the third year in a row and vying for the coveted prize. Below is his stunning performance from 2010.

We also received news of the passing of Darleen Mijariha/Milloy after living with multiple scerosis for twenty years on May 11, 2011. Darleen was a prolific solo bagpiper in the 1980s and served as a member of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band for many years. She was staple in the Vancouver piping community and a great friend of the Troys. She will be sadly missed. (pipes|drums article)


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bringing Home the Bacon

The Easter weekend always marks the BC Annual Gathering contest held in Vancouver. An institution in these parts since 1932, this prestigious event brings some of the best bagpipers and drummers from around the world to play, to judge and/or to observe. It also provides a perfect venue to catch up with family and old friends.
While Jamie was busy playing his guts out on the Friday, Ryan took the opportunity for a photo shoot with our lovely cousin, Dani Millar and her family. Lovely, beautiful people and a sunshiny day makes for some stunning images.
At the end of the day, James P. Troy came up successful with winning the MacCrimmon Memorial Cairn for Open Piobaireachd. (Read about this and other trophies presented at the Annual Gathering on the BCPA website). Also placing 4th in the MSR and 6th in the Jig, JP was the winner of the Mary McLeod Collins trophy for the Professional Piping Aggregate. These trophies are not foreign to this house...
As JP and Ryan headed back to the Island early, James W. was able to accept both trophies on his son's behalf presented by Andrew Wright (Senior Guest Judge) and Graham Davidson (BCPA President); a proud moment for James W. Congrats JP on another successful contest!
Photos are courtesy of Ken MacKenzie and the BCPA. More pictures can be found on the BCPA website.

MacCrimmon Memorial Cairn - Open Piobaireachd

Mary McLeod Collins Trophy - Professional Piping Aggregate.