Celebrating 40 Years of Richard Parkes the Pipe Major

A lovely modern piobaireachd by Donald MacPhee written in honor of Richard Parkes. I just love this melody! Richard became Pipe Major of Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band in 1981.

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Bagpipes and the United States Military

From its origin in Scottish clans and culture, the Great Highland Bagpipe has long been associated with the military.

Especially in more recent history, the Highland Regiments of the British Armed Forces, and some of the Lowland Regiments as well, have had bagpipers since their first formation.

The United States Armed Forces has historically had a very close relationship with the British – so the spread of the bagpipes was inevitable.