PP Editor’s Blog: City of Edinburgh Police PB/Donald MacDonald Quaich/World Solo Drumming etc.

Yesterday I mentioned the City of Edinburgh Police Pipe Band under P/M Ian MacLeod and I wonder if anyone can give us the names of the individuals in this shot taken of the band with multiple trophies in the early 1970s. Email them please, to pipingpress@gmail.com.

The history of the band and its sorry demise was given in great detail in a series of three features in the Pipe Band magazine beginning October 2014. Access them here.

Tonight sees the Donald MacDonald Quaich competition at the Clan Donald Centre, Armadale, Skye. Pipers taking part are Bruce Gandy, Stuart Liddell, Roderick MacLeod, Douglas Murray and Niall Stewart.

The judge is Dr Jack Taylor and each piper will be asked to play a piece from the Donald MacDonald books; tickets are £8 and £4 and the sponsor is the Glencoe Foundation, USA. Each piper is in line for substantial appearance money and a first prize of £1,000 is rumoured….just as it should be for professional pipers of this calibre.

If you are going and want to impress the Gaelic speakers, why not rehearse some of the pipe part names below?gaelic-pipes

west-lothianDon’t forget the West Lothian Schools concert, also tonight, at the Piping Centre. The band, under P/M Gordon Bruce, were the 2014 Novice Juvenile Champion of Champions and this included first prizes at the British and European Championships. Tickets are £10/12.

Stuart and Steven on stage at the WSD

An addition to our PP Audio Archive today is, by popular demand, the recording of Steven McWhirter’s winning MSR at the World Solo Drumming Championship last October in Glasgow. Steven is accompanied by his pipe major Stuart Liddell. Together they make an unbeatable pair.

SPA President Tom Johnstone has sent this: ‘Just a quick reminder that our next Club Night is this Friday – 5th June [tonight] at  7.30pm; usual venue – College of Piping. All welcome to play, listen and/or chat. Also date for your diaries – 18th September – we have two events : Annual Juvenile Contest plus our fifth and final WW1 Piping Recital. See www.scottishpipersassociation.co.uk;look forward to seeing you at these events.’

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