New Letters: J McD Gillies/ Edin Police/ New England Academy/ Queensland Pipers

Robert Wallace: Two very interesting letters and some new pictures today. Piping historian Jeannie Campbell has commented on the John MacDougall Gillies letter published earlier this week. Jeannie takes issue with my reading of the text. 

Stewart Gardiner has passed on some excellent pictures and more info on the Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band which will be of interest to all pipe band historians. The first pic from Stewart is the one above of the triumphant City of Edinburgh Police Pipe Band Drum Corps taken after they won the World Drumming title in 1964. Leading tip Bob Montgomery sports the distinctive winners’ sash.

Read both letters here.


Only a few days until the start of the New England Piping Academy, and a reminder to all students to bring pipes, practice chanters, spare reeds, Highland dress, sound recorders, cameras, music books, pencil and notebook and all other creature comforts. Please also download the Academy Tutor/ Exercise Book from the Dropbox folder. Anyone with any last minute queries should contact registrar Cricket Cooper on  cricketuvm@gmail.com. Readers who wish to follow the progress of the camp can do so via this blog and the NEPA Facebook page.

The camp will have a parade through the local town of Newburyport on Saturday June 27 circa lunchtime. The centre of operations is Adelynrood Retreat, Byfield MA, and sponsors of the school are David Naill Bagpipes and Pipe Dreams, manufacturers of Eezidrone drone reeds.


Check here later for results and comment from the United States Piping Foundation solo contest being held today at the University of Delaware.


Congratulations to Jimmy McIntosh who turned 90 yesterday.


Congratulations to the Queensland Highland Pipers Society on their 50th Anniversary. They’re holding a recital on June 27 to mark the occasion. Secretary Alex McConnell has sent this: Venue – Brisbane Boys College Theatrette, Toowong. Pipers are South Africans Craig Sked and Chris Cloete and Queenslander Andrew Roach. There will be a chance to meet early members of the Society during the evening and an opportunity to look at old memorabilia. Everyone is encouraged to wear tartan and we at Piping Press would be delighted to receive some photographs and report on the evening.