My Memories of a Summer School with Jimmy McIntosh MBE and P/M Iain Morrison

In the past six months we have lost two giants of piping, P/M Iain Murdo Morrison, Lewis, and P/M Jimmy McIntosh MBE of Pittsburgh and latterly South Carolina. PP reader Avi Bloomenstiel of Dallas, Texas, has kindly agreed to share his memories and historic photographs of the time he spent studying with them at a school in the US in the 1990s…. Attached are several photos that were taken at…

Pioneers of Pipe Band Drumming – Part 3

It is clear that all the individuals mentioned in these three articles all had a desire to improve drumming technique and were committed to influencing the musical interpretation of bagpipe melodies.  They worked together towards these interests, although there is also evidence in the papers that during the 1930s and 1940s there was resistance from pipers and other drummers to some of their ideas.  There is no doubt that their…

Editor’s Notebook: Govan Police/ PPBSO Judging Initiative/ ‘Talk Piob’/ Malcolm on Mull/ Piping and Golf

Thanks to reader Dave Rischmiller for this colourised photograph of the Govan Police Pipe Band from the 1890s. As everyone knows this band was the forerunner of the Glasgow/ Strathclyde Police band. They made what we believe to be the world’s first ever recording of a pipe band. You can listen to it on the PP Archive here. History buffs will know that Govan at one time covered a large…

Junior Professionals Get Their Own ‘Glenfiddich’ Style Championship

The Argyllshire Gathering would like to announce that to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of its inauguration a new piping competition will be created known as ‘The Argyllshire Gathering Intermediate Piping Championship’. By Jamie Mellor This will be a Championship event for pipers 22 years and under, and for the first year with the uncertainty of competitions going ahead, it has been decided to have an invitational competition with a maximum of…

P/M Jimmy Banks MBE Remembers His Time at the Army School, Edinburgh Castle, in 1969

A couple of weeks ago the Editor joined a panel at the Army School of Piping, Inchdrewer House, Edinburgh, for the 2021 Pipe Majors’ Course Passing Out. He shared duties with P/M Jimmy Banks, Scots Guards. During a break in proceedings he took the opportunity of speaking to P/M Banks about his own time at the Army School more than 50 years ago…. I attended the Pipe Majors’ Course in October…