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September 18, 2018. Inchdrewer House, home of the The Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming. Pipe Major Ross McCrindle holds his Northern Meeting Silver Medal.

Army School to mark 20 years at Inchdrewer House

A commemorative dinner is being held tomorrow night at Inchdrewer House in Redford Barracks, Edinburgh, the home of the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming. The dinner is to mark 20 years of the Army School moving there from its previous home, Edinburgh Castle. Many retired Army officers, […]

Alisdair McLaren. Photo: Piping Hot Photos

Alisdair McLaren to return home to Australia

Alisdair McLaren, who last September succeeded Iain MacPherson as Pipe Major of Glasgow Police Pipe Band, has stepped down ahead of a return home to western Australia. A spokesman for the band said in a statement: “Glasgow Police Pipe Band announce [sic] that Pipe Major Alisdair McLaren has, with regret […]

Scots Guards KO: MacColl Jnr through to semis

Scots Guards KO: MacColl Jnr through to semis

Jimmy Banks of the Scots Guards Association reports: “Angus MacColl Jnr won through to the semi final of our Knockout competition, beating Callum Wynd on Sunday. We had good audience of approximately 45 who listened to some very good piping,  “The next quarter final heat sees Callum Brown and Bradley […]

A cracking tune – Tommy MacDonald of Barguillean

A cracking tune – Tommy MacDonald of Barguillean

• From the July 2008 Piping Times. Bruce Thomson, who died on January 13, was an extremely gifted composer of pipe tunes. Robert Mathieson was someone who admired Bruce’s composing skills and indeed became friends with him. Here, we reproduce an article from the Piping Times 12 years ago where […]

The case for a ‘second’ chanter

The case for a ‘second’ chanter

By David V. Kennedy In the last few years, pipers have recognised that the pitch of the chanter of the Scottish piob mhor has risen to approximately B flat from A natural. Chanter makers seem to have responded to a popular demand to make higher pitched canters – mostly from […]