Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 11, 2011

Bagpipes on Main Street tomorrow night

Western Pipe Band Association holding awards celebration here

If you're in the vicinity of Veterans Memorial Building on Main Street tomorrow night, expect to hear the familiar strains of "Bonnie Dundee," "Amazing Grace" and a host of other Celtic tunes coming from the hall.

The Pleasanton posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion are co-hosting the 2010 awards dinner of the northern branch of the Western United States Pipe Band Association.

The group will open the "ceilidh" (Scottish social gathering) at 7 p.m. after a $10-a-plate spaghetti dinner and awards presentation to the top pipe bands from the region. Then the music -- or piping -- begins, with the hall expected to be filled with bagpipers from Sacramento to San Francisco, including some of the top bagpipe bands in the country.

Donna Willy, who is a popular piper at Pleasanton events along with her fellow bagpiper husband John, encourages those who play a bagpipe to join in the fun.

For more information or to make a spaghetti dinner reservation, call the Willys at 461-7445 or email:

–Jeb Bing


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