PP Ed’s Blog: 277 TA Band/ Tunes for Majors ’17/ Letters/ Deger Pipes/ South Florida

Correspondent Stewart Gardiner has kindly  supplied the picture above following the request re the 277 Argylls TA band. Thank you Stewart. Pipe Major John Weatherston can be seen sitting two from the right of the big trophy which I believe may be the Argyll Shield for Grade 1 at Cowal. Corrections and further info welcome. I’d especially like the individuals in the photograph identified; important for pipe band history.

Former RSPBA librarian Iain Duncan has written on the same subject: ‘Interested to read the plea regarding the 277 A&SH.  About the same time that I bought the Muirheads EP I sent to you a couple of weeks ago I also bought another EP which was recorded by the 277 sometime after their Belfast win.  Unfortunately I loaned this out many years ago for it never to return.   Although we’re talking over 50 years ago, I recall there was a group photo of the band on the sleeve; however that’s of little consequence since Glenn’s father was out of the band by that time.  You could always try a search through the SPBA Pipe Band Magazines around that time in the slight chance they carried a photo.  The old style Pipe Band mags were systematically bound in hard back volumes and should still be available at Washington Street.’

Thank you Iain; when time permits we’ll get on to that.


Playing requirements for bands for the 2017 season have now been posted in full on the RSPBA website. Here are the requirements for the first major, the British, at Paisley on May 20: 

  • Novice Juvenile B & Grade 4B – 4 x 2 parted Marches from the RSPBA list of prescribed tunes
  • Novice Juvenile A & Grade 4A – 1 x 4 parted Marches or 2 x 2 parted Marches, 1 x 4 Parted Strathspey or 2 x 2 parted Strathspeys and 1 x 4 Parted Reel or 2 x 2 Parted Reels from the RSPBA list of prescribed tunes
  • Juvenile – Medley (3 to 5 minutes)
  • Grade 3A & 3B – MSR
  • Grade 2 – Medley (4 to 6 minutes)
  • Grade 1 – MSR (submit 2)

Get the full list here.


The Piping Press Shop is now an agent for the excellent electronic pipes from Manfred Deger:

 


Correction: in the short piece on Jimmy McIntosh’s rendition of the Earl of Seaforth’s Salute we quoted Jimmy as saying the recording may have been made when he was runner-up in the Clasp competition at the Northern Meeting to Donald Morrison. Checking our dates and list of winners, we believe Jimmy must have been referring to Donald MacPherson.


Two new letters today the first on P/M Anderson from the Black Watch who played at President Kennedy’s funeral (above) and the second on inaccuracies in my story from the Glasgow Highland Club. 


Message to all students attending the sold out South Florida Pipe & Drum Academy below. Anyone in the area is welcome to visit and to join us for our evenings for our ceilidhs. The address of the Academy is Boca Raton Fire Administration, 6500 Congress Ave., Boca Raton, FL 33487. It is going to be a wonderful week. We fly out Monday via Glasgow and Newark NJ, arriving at West Palm Beach and have a day to relax and acclimatise before getting down to work. This will be our third Academy and it is growing in stature and impact on the local piping and drumming scene year on year. Thanks to all those who have done so much to make it a success principally Noah, Iggy and Jason. See you in a few days guys. SFPDA Student Letter 2017


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  1. 277 in photo Back row D/M Robert Dowds, Charlie Williams, Robert Strang, Hugh Haggerty, Douglas Warnock (me), D/Sgt James Kitchen.
    Middle row Robert Moll, ???, Ian Weatherston (Jock’s son), Alex Campbell, Ian Kennedy, Jackie Caracher, Roy Blevins. Front row Hugh McPherson, Robert McClymont, ???, Capt William Jackson (Band President), Col ???, P/M John Weatherston BEM, P/Sgt Ronnie McCallum, Alex ???. Missing (can’t think why) is Duncan Blair. From memory Pic was taken around March 62 at Capt Willie Jackson’s house and prizes were from season 61 which is why world cup isn’t shown (came 2nd to Edinburgh Police in 61). Some of the guys are still around and may be able to fill in my blanks.

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