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In Montrose’s footsteps with the soldiers and the phantom piper

In Montrose’s footsteps with the soldiers and the phantom piper

• From the June 2005 Piping Times By David Murray Chatting on the telephone to Captain Stephen Small of the Army School of Piping the other day, Stephen mentioned that he had just had attended a course at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. “Tactics?” I enquired. “No, no”, said Stephen, […]

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Listen

By John Mulhearn “Do you ever listen to pipe music?” “… Em, not really… I sometimes hear a busker when I’m in the town…”. So began conversations I had a with a number of students recently. In my day-to-day role as an instructor at The National Piping Centre I often […]

The Flame Lily contest, South Africa – report

The Flame Lily contest, South Africa – report

Ken Mustard of the KwaZulu Natal Piping & Drumming Society reports on the recent Flame Lily contest held at Queensburgh, South Africa: The province of KwaZulu Natal (KZN) is one of South Africa’s smaller provinces in terms of piping. It therefore has comparatively few pipe band contests compared to the […]

Somme movie appeal gathering momentum

Somme movie appeal gathering momentum

The producers of a short film about Scots-born piper, James C. Richardson VC, say they have reached almost a third of their fundraising target. Donations have come so far from supporters from 10 countries. The film, Sound of the Somme, is about James Cleland Richardson VC, the 20-year-old Canadian Army […]

Elgin Pipe Band. Photos courtesy of Piping Hot Photos.

RSPBA North of Scotland Branch results

The results of yesterday’s branch competition which took place at Gordon Schools, Huntly, Aberdeenshire are: Grade 1 – 1. Buchan Peterson (ensemble preference); 2. Portlethen & District (pictured, right). Grade 2 – 1. Buchan Peterson; 2. Portlethen & District. Grade 3 – 1. Turriff & District; 2. Elgin & District; 3. […]

Hector’s missing tune found

Hector’s missing tune found

On this day – April 21 – in 1949, Hector MacLean (pictured, right) won a composing competition sponsored by the Knightswood Highlanders of Glasgow Association. Forty entries were received, all apparently of a high standard. Hector’s winning entry was called The Knightswood Highlanders. The tunes that were placed second and […]

Missing Hector MacLean winning tune found

Missing Hector MacLean winning tune found

From the March 2018 Piping Times. Hector MacLean, 1894-1974 (pictured, right), was featured in the February 2015 Piping Times (Vol. 67, No. 5). The article mentioned a composing contest that had been organised by the Knightswood Highlanders in 1949 but the tune composed by Hector, left, which won first prize […]

FMM pipers dominate Ulster Solos

FMM pipers dominate Ulster Solos

The 2019 Ulster Solo took place today at Lisnagarvey High School in Lisburn, County Antrim. Members of Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band dominated the prizes. The contest also saw Stephen Creighton, Chris McNicholl, Gareth McLees and William Glenholmes all qualify for the World Drumming Solos semi final. Results: PipingSeniorsCeòl Mòr […]