NOTES FROM PIPEY'S CORNER

Volume XVI Number 1 - July 2005

AND THE TENSION MOUNTS

Sorry to be a little late this month, but I was in SB until the 6th and have had a lot of catching up to do. Seems like I'll be spending more time ther than previously, thanks to a Certain Person...! Yes, love seems to have found Andy Hardy once more. Pix up next month, perhaps...

...Said fond farewell to Chip and Patti Robinson who leave LA for storm-drenched Floridia later this month. They'll be in the Ocala area when they get settled, with the house and hangar backing a 6000 foot runway. Gives me another excuse to visit Uncle Babe....


Not much else to report, except the roo hide bags are on their way, student Bryan Reynolds did quite well at his first competition at Campbell last month, and things are looking good for Pleasanton this year. We'll have another campaign offering from Black Part soon, and it will go up here as soon as it comes in. We also hope to have a review on the new NovaCane drone reeds from Ringo Bowen as soon as he shoots me a set to try....

The Roo hide bags are in - beautifully made, shaped like the Gannaway with a full swan neck, no gathers. Small - 9-1/2X25"; medium - 10-1/2X28"; and large - 11-1/2X30," this is the ultimate dry-climate pipe bag. We'll have a review of it next month. They're $129.95 and a great purchase for those of you who live inland.


BlACK PART SPEAKS:

Damn! I just hate this kind of behavior, especially from an elected officer of the WUSPBA. Two messages reached me today about conduct unbecoming an officer, concerning Mr. Ian Whitelaw, President of the Southern Branch of the WUSPBA.

1) Earlier this year, Mr. Whitelaw placed an ad for $25.00 in Words & Music. All efforts to collect the $25.00 owed by Mr. Whitelaw have been futile. He hasn't paid his bill.

2) Last weekend, Mr. Whitelaw was under contract as a judge for the band contests in Portland, Oregon. 30 minutes before the contests began, Mr. Whitelaw was seen tuning the Grade III Irish Pipers Pipe Band. Mr. Whitelaw then proceeded to judge the Grade III pipe band contest, placing the Irish Pipers, the band he tuned before the contest, 2nd.

Both of the above, if true, are conduct unbecoming a member of the WUSPBA, and in particular, conduct unbecoming an elected officer of the WUSPBA. It is my opinion that the WUSPBA cannot have a 'deadbeat" as one of it's elected officers. It is also my opinion that Mr. Whitelaw, and the member band deliberately, and clearly compromised the integrity of the WUSPBA at the Portland contests. I call upon the WUSPBA Executive Committee, (less Mr. Whitelaw), to initiate an immediate inquiry into the above behavior. The results of this inquiry should be published within 30 days. If the inquiry proves that Mr. Whitelaw's behavior is conduct unbecoming a WUSPBA elected officer, then sanctions be imposed on Mr. Whitelaw including:

1) Immediate payment to the editor of Words & Music in the amount of $25.00 for his ad. If immediate payment is not forthcoming then: a) Mr. Whitelaw be removed as an elected officer of the WUSPBA, and; b) Mr. Whitelaw's membership in the WUSPBA be suspended and that he not be allowed to participate as a competitor or as a judge at any WUSPBA sanctioned contest until payment is recieved.

2) That Mr. Whitelaw be required to disclose the amount of money paid to him by the Portland contest sponsors, and that Mr. Whitelaw immediately return this sum of money to the Portland contest sponsors. If this is not done then: a) Mr. Whitelaw be removed as an elected officer of the WUSPBA, and; b) Mr. Whitelaw's name be removed from all current listings as a WUSPBA judge, and; c) Mr. Whitelaw's membership in the WUSPBA be suspended and that he not be allowed to participate as a competitor or as a judge at any WUSPBA sanctioned contest until it has been verified by the Portland contest sponsors that Mr. Whitelaw has returned the money he recieved under contract to act as a judge at their contests.

3) That Mr. Whitelaw be required to disclose the amount of money, if any, paid to him by the Irish Pipers to tune them prior to the contests, and that this sum of money be paid to the WUSPBA as a penalty for Mr. Whitelaw's misconduct. If Mr. Whitelaw does not comply then as above, he be removed from office, that his name be rmoved from all current listings by the WUSPBA as a judge, and that Mr. Whitelaw's membership privileges be suspended until such time as his penalty is paid.

Sanctions are also in order for the Irish Pipers. This band knew in advance that Mr. Whitelaw had been contracted as a judge for the Portland band contests. None-the-less, they asked, perhaps even paid Mr. Whitelaw to tune them prior to the contests. The Irish Pipers and Mr. Whitelaw attempted to hide their misconduct by hiding, but they were seen anyway. Sanctions against the Irish Pipers should include:

1) A return of all prize money awarded for the 2nd place to the Portland contest sponsors for immediate and rightful dispersement to the Grade III bands in 3rd and 4th place.

2) That the Irish Pipers disclose the amount of money paid, if any, to Mr. Whitelaw to tune them prior to the Portland contests, and that this amount of money be paid as penalty to the WUSPBA for this band's misconduct. If the Irish Pipers refuse to comply then their membership in the WUSPBA be suspended and that they not be allowed to compete at any WUSPBA sanctioned contest until the above have been complied with.

Damn! I just hate this sort of behavior, especially from an elected officer of the WUSPBA. The WUSPBA MUST ACT, and quickly to correct this misconduct which is unbecoming its own member band and elected officer.

John Eric Partanen, PhD., WUSPBA member number 0193PP

(The management of Cuillinn Craft takes NO responsibility for any editorial statements made by John Eric Partanen PhD. Any and all comments should be directed to BLACK PART)

 

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