Some Reflections on My Time as an Instructor at the College of Piping

The airing last weekend of the online premiere of the film ‘Follow Me…I’m Right Behind You’ brought back a host of memories from my time as senior instructor at the former College of Piping in Glasgow. I retired from Strathclyde Police in December 2006 and during that first week of doing nothing I received a phone call; it was the College of Piping asking if I would come in and…

Preview: ‘Jimmy, Memoirs of My Life as A Piper’ by Jimmy McIntosh MBE

                                             The much anticipated memoir of one of piping’s greats is published just in time for Christmas. ‘Jimmy, Memoirs of My Life as A Piper’ by James H. McIntosh MBE, tells the story of a long life completely dedicated to the service of piping both in Scotland and the…

Online Premier of Acclaimed Pipe Band Film to Go Ahead Next Weekend

I released a DVD some years ago (title above) about some beginner bagpipe players from around Europe coming together to enter the World Pipe Band Championship. It’s a great tale and the film received some acclaim at the time. I’ve now decided to make it available to everyone online. Following the maxim that ‘the best way of learning is doing’, piping tutor P/M Barry Donaldson enters a band of beginners…

Editor’s Notebook: ‘Follow Me, I’m Right Behind You’/ Captain John’s Tune/ Ellon Pipe Band/ Alwyne Farquharson

Fascinating insight this week into the making of ‘The Glorious Effect’. By co-incidence I have been in touch with Andy Glen the maker of another bagpipe film. Andy was the man begind the hilarious ‘Follow Me I’m Right Behind You’ about the College of Piping beginners’ pipe band of 2010. Andy is now living in Ayrshire and tells me he plans to hoist the film onto YouTube in the not…

Northern Ireland Pipe Band Update: Richard Garnham/ Cancer Kids Charity/ Web Designer/ Closkelt Concert

There was widespread sorrow across the pipe band community, and in particular the Upper Crossgare Pipe Band, on the passing of their leading drummer Richard Garnham. Pipe Major Mark Rodgers, led the condolences on behalf of the band and conveyed their sympathy to Richard’s wife Elaine, son Ryan and the family circle. Richard is pictured fourth from the right celebrating the band’s success at the UK Championships in 2015. He…