10 Clues Your Pipe Major Sucks
Before we start - I just want to thank my diligent co-author Dr. John Holcombe for helping me assemble this article! This article was formed…
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.
Douglas McKenzie: Getting Tunefulness Out of the Pipe Beast
Grandpa came from Dingwall, Scotland, and I thought it would be fun to add the bagpipe to my repertoire. He died when I was young…
Glen Fletcher: Slow and Steady
I always wanted to play the pipes since I was a kid. Never got around to it until later in life. It finally got to…
What NOT To Do When Piping in the Cold
Scheduled to play a parade in the next month or so? Preparing for that graveside memorial and the temperature takes a nosedive? How do you play in cold temperatures and stay in tune? Most pipers have been given the wrong advice!
I noticed some right shoulder pipers. Any reason for that in the National Youth Pipe Band? Just curious.
Presumably they are left handed. Teachers (the military) used to force all pipers to play on the left shoulder, but nowadays, teachers are more open to folks learning which ever way is easiest for them.