Pipe Major’s Job for George Watson’s

One of the most sought after jobs in the pipe band world is now advertised. The new Pipe Major for the award-winning George Watson’s School band will replace P/M Ian Simpson who is retiring after a stellar career leading the juvenile World Championship winners. The spec reads: George Watson’s College wishes to appoint a Pipe Major to be the lead teacher of bagpipes within the Pipe Band. Teaching individual pupils…

2022 Duncan Johnstone Contest Details/ Editor Features in YouTube Video

The Competing Pipers’ Association have issued the following: The Duncan Johnstone Memorial Piping Competition 2022 will be held on Saturday 12th March. This will be an in-person event. B Grade contests will be held at the National Piping Centre. C Grade contests will be held at the National Piping Centre Otago Street. Entry fees are £10 per event and are to be paid by PayPal at time of entry, via the…

Norman Matheson Funeral Details

The details of the funeral for Norman Matheson are: Monday 24th January 2022 at 1 pm. It is  to take place at Baldarroch Crematorium which is near Banchory, Aberdeenshire. The full address is Baldarroch Crematorium, Crathes, Banchory, AB31 5Jl. The location is a little difficult to get to and there are instructions on the web. It suggests for those who have a sat nav to use it with the post code, but there is a…

Florida Pipe & Drum Academy/ Items for Sale (Update – Sold!)/ Oban and Inverness Reminder

The 2022 Florida Pipe & Drum Academy registrations are now open, writes Administrator Chris McKeown. Dates are 21/2/22 to 25/2/22. Students and instructors will join up at 5pm for a meet and greet on the 21st. Thereafter classes will run each day from 8am to 4 pm Event Address: 618 Stockton St., Jacksonville, Florida 32204. Contact us at 904-334-5472 or FL.Pipeanddrumacademy@gmail.com Instruction available to all levels of students in bagpipes,…

Donald Morrison Archive: A Final Look at His Music, Newspaper Clippings and Letters

This will be our final instalment from Donald’s archive for now. It ties in neatly with the publication of his book of tunes announced last week (above). For earlier articles in this series type ‘Donald Morrison’ in our search field. We begin with another letter from Seton Gordon, the piping judge, naturalist and friend of royalty. It is dated November 6, 1973 and he writes to Donald from Upper Duntuilm,…