they have a double bladed reed - like a highland bagpipe requiring great breath capacity!!!!, imagine a Scottish piper testing his/her pipe chanter off the bag by blowing by mouth (as they do when setting up a reed) but a bigger bore diameter of chanter!). Bagad Kemper also have a drum corps. If you have never heard the Bagad Kemper, try them at least once. They have a fascinating sound.
To the typical Scottish Pipeband follower, they sound wild, exotic and rich, but retaining the ensemble sound and musicality of a Grade One Band. One technique that sets Breton bands apart is the ability to start on one or other (of the four) instrument groups and bring in the other sections gradually - this gives a dynamic depth, not possible in the traditional Scottish band. There are other pipe bands in Brittany, one of the other most famous bands being (seriously!) the French Navy Bagad - Bagad de Lann-Bihoué. They play in the French matelot uniform, practice on an aircraft carrier, are based in Lorient and are a very very good band, as are Bagad Kemper.
Try these websites if you are interested: Guide to music in Brittany, Bagad Kemper, Bagad de Lann-Bihoué Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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