P/M Tom MacLean, Strathendrick Pipe Band

Piping is full of unsung heroes. Teachers who work away in the background, neither getting nor asking for publicity, content to quietly do their bit for our music without fuss or favour. The passing of one such has been brought to our attention by respected RSPBA adjudicator and piping tutor Jim Semple, a Worlds winner on many occasions with Strathclyde Police Pipe Band.  Jim writes…’Today I found out that my…

PP Ed’s Blog: Worlds Draw/ Northern Meeting/ Darach & PM Angus/ Mod Results & Reminder

I don’t think we should be giving the RSPBA a hard time over the slip up with the Worlds draw. Errors of this sort are very rare within the Association and having attended the procedure I can vouch for the considerable care and attention to detail that is gone into in trying to get everything just right. As we say in Glasgow ‘nae body’s deid’. I did think it unfortunate…

PP Ed’s Blog: Saturday Round Up/ Piper Request/ Gala Concert Latest/ Bill Writes Foreword

Luss Games on Loch Lomondside and Thornton Games in Fife are the main solo events tomorrow (Sat., July 7). The committee at Luss have asked us to remind everyone that their games Luss has a piobaireachd and MSR contests for seniors and junior contests too. On Sunday there are games at Harpenden and at Braemar (Juniors). Results as we get them.The early season games seem to have done a bit…

PP Ed’s Blog: Band Circles/ Cancale/ Northern Meeting, Lochaber, Aboyne

Difficulties over ‘concert’ formation positioning mentioned in Alistair Aitken’s piece yesterday should be easily overcome after a little trial and error. Bass sections are different in the circle set up so there is nothing new there. Going by the photographs I thought the formations at the Ross Bandstand pretty good and must have been much more comfortable for the judges than what they are used. No walking about, balancing of…

Donald MacPherson’s Bagpipe: Sad News from Down Under

Disturbing information has reached me from Australia via a well known piper and acquaintance of mine, writes the Editor. It concerns the late Donald MacPherson’s bagpipe, that glorious instrument which in Donald’s hands made him the most successful competing piper of all time. It was a pipe I had the good fortune to hear many times. We have several fine instruments on the boards today but none that quite captures…