While Hon. Pipe Major Anderson was off sunning himself in Australia the rest of us were braving the wind, rain and snow. When Colin, Euan and I started up The Eagle Pipers’ again we were never sure how many people might show up each night. We certainly never expected that there would crowds of 30 plus turning up on a night like Tuesday.
What a great night it was once again. That’s meeting 6 now, we’ve averaged about 8 players each evening, and we’ve barely heard the same person play twice.
We were pleased to welcome and hear from Stuart Samson MBE, former Director of Army Bagpipe Music, who came through from Glasgow with his wife Wanda. We had Alasdair Henderson from Glasgow to play the Piobaireachd. Ally, a student on the RSAMD degree course and a member of Inveraray and District Pipe Band, played Battle of Auldearn No. 2, his first prize winning tune at the Duncan Johnston Memorial Competition just a week earlier. To warm up, Ally also played a duet with Cameron Drummond. There were tunes from young Jamie, Brodie Savage, Glynn Morris, David Burnside and yours truly. And in a first for The Eagle Pipers’, we had a wonderful exhibition of accordion playing from David Vernon who treated us to some well known pipe tunes with a Chinese twist.
The next meeting is 13 April 2010 when P/M Ian Duncan will be bringing a mini-band from his new charges at the Lothian & Borders Police Pipe Band. This will be a great chance to hear the band ahead of the new season and we hope to have a large turnout to support Ian and the band. As always, the meeting is at The Scots Guards’ Club, Haymarket, Edinburgh and starts at 7.30pm.
Hope to see you then.
Secretary / Treasurer
The Eagle Pipers’ Society