Blue Ridge Brass and Pipes perform at Grandfather

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Article Published: Apr. 24, 2013 | Modified: Apr. 29, 2013
Blue Ridge Brass and Pipes perform at Grandfather

Blue Ridge Brass and Pipes will perform April 28 at Grandfather Mountain.

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The sound of bagpipes will fill the air at Grandfather Mountain April 28.

Blue Ridge Brass and Pipes, known for its annual performance at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, is making an extra trip this year to celebrate the Celtic culture.

The 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. 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 Highland Games, as well as special concerts.

In addition to a 1997 concert tour in Scotland, 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 group delighted visitors at Grandfather Mountain last October, and the hope is that a large crowd will attend this year, as well. The April 28 performance will take place during the last weekend of April Dollar Days, a time period with discount admission for those who live, work and go to school in Avery, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Watauga and Mitchell counties. Those hoping to attend the concert may want to give themselves ample time to arrive, as the entrance gate line may be long with Dollar Days visitors.

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, or call (800) 468-7325.

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