Pipers play on Thursday
South “Loch” Tahoe’s own Black Bear Band, led by Pipe Major Paul McAfee, will play, kilts a-swirl, their collection of stirring marches and haunting show airs. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. July 22 at the Valhalla Boathouse Theater. Admission is $12 in advance and $14 at the door. For more information call (530) 541-4975 or visit http://www.valhalla-tallac.com.
Although organized as recently as 2002, the band has earned respect from other pipe bands and were appointed by the Chief of Clan Muir to be the official band of Clan Muir (of which the famous naturalist, explorer and writer, John Muir, was a member) and to wear the tartan and cap badge of the clan. Band members include a librarian, a city employee, students, a hair-stylist and a truck driver.
Formed as a nonprofit educational corporation, their purpose it to teach, learn and perform the traditions of Scottish Highland Bagpipe music as well as the musical traditions of the Celtic and Gaelic races through music lessons, seminars and performances. The band provides instruction in the Highland Bagpipe as well as Scottish pipe band style drumming.
Each summer the band sponsors a piper and drummer to the Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, Calif. Performances of the band have included memorials and promotion ceremonies for local fire and police departments, the Lake Tahoe Marathon, the Valhalla Celtic Festival, parades at Virginia City, the Carson Celtic Faire and fund-raisers for charitable organizations. The band also provides performers and mini-bands, for a fee, for weddings and other special occasions.