Members of the Pipes and Drums of Lyon College, Batesville, Ark.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (4/97)
Contact: Fred Miller, Lyon College Public Relations Assistant
501-793-1756 or firstname.lastname@example.org/
or Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120 or 869-5709
BATESVILLE, Ark.--The Pipes and Drums of Lyon College will perform in the Holiday in Dixie Classic Parade, April 12, in Shreveport, La., said Will Muirhead, director of the Scottish Heritage Program at the Presbyterian college in Batesville, Ark.
The parade will begin at 4 p.m. Later that evening, at 7:30, the pipe band will be joined by the college's Highland dance troupe for a performance at Centenary College, Muirhead said.
The performance at Centenary is free and open to the public. However, a ticket is required and can be obtained by calling the Centenary Office of Continuing Education at 318-869-5115. Sponsors of the group's appearance are Holiday in Dixie, the Scottish Society of Northwest Louisiana and the Centenary Office of Continuing Education.
The Pipes, Drums and Dancers of Lyon College are the centerpiece of the Scottish Heritage Program, created to honor the Scottish roots of the Presbyterian Church and the Scotch-Irish heritage of the early settlers of the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.
The group leads all academic processions at the college and represents Lyon on numerous occasions in churches, at civic clubs and at festivals, parades and competitions around the country.
The band competes as a grade 4 pipe band and has won first place in Scottish games and piping competitions at Houston and Salado, Texas; Tulsa, Okla.; Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Jackson, Miss.; and Montgomery, Ala. Individual pipers from the band have won competitions at these location, competing in all grades up to open-amateur.
The Highland dancers also compete successfully at Scottish games around the country, Muirhead said. "We're especially proud of Chrissy Taft, a sophomore from Houston, who won the National Highland Dancing Championship last summer," he said. Taft will be one of the featured dancers during the group's performance at Centenary College.
The Scottish Heritage Program sponsors two annual celebration of Scottish tradition: the Kirkin' o' the Tartans, which celebrates the relationship between Lyon College and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and the Ozark Scottish Festival, held each spring on the campus of Lyon College. The open-air festival will be held April 26-27 this year and will feature piping and dancing competitions, Scottish athletic events, a gathering of Scottish clans and entertainment featuring Scottish folk singer Alex Beaton.
Lyon College is a private, four-year, residential liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is located at Batesville, in the foothills of the Arkansas Ozark Mountains. Once described as "the best kept secret in Arkansas," Lyon has gained national recognition through such honors as being named the Best Regional Liberal Arts College in the South by U.S. News and World Report in the magazine's Annual College Guide Edition.