A Pipe Band for the Masses

May 18, 2009 on 5:56 pm by Michael Grey | In Music, Pipe Bands, Video | 5 Comments

Iain MacDonald passed along a youtube link at the end of the string of comments from the get-rid-of-the-über-boring-pipe-band-set post. Really, now. I think it deserves full front row centre treatment. It is marvelous.

Now this is an example of pipe band performance for the masses.

As a sixteen year-old I recall thinking I was pretty clever being able to march [while playing the pipes] to create a St Andrew’s Cross formation — all in a feather bonnet and plaid. The crowds loved it then.

But in this vid we see something on a whole new level! Seriously, wouldn’t your local Highland games crowds — and beyond — eat this Assam Rifles stuff up? I mean, be honest. For sheer entertainment, this trumps pipe band MSRs, medleys and just about anything the best our leading pipe band exponents might dream up.

Go Assam Rifles Pipes & Drums!



  1. “lots of go”, I say!

    Comment by colinmaclellan — May 19, 2009 #

  2. “Right you are”, Colin. Maybe at the top end of the patented Capt John A MacLellan “go” scale! M.

    Comment by mike — May 19, 2009 #

  3. You mean the door flinging open off the hinges, the hands madly clapping, the “faster!!!”, faster!!!!” end of the JAM “go” scale?

    Comment by colinmaclellan — May 19, 2009 #

  4. Ha! Yes. That would be near the top end, I’d say. The JAM-GO scale: could be used on crit sheets for solos and bands. M.

    Comment by mike — May 19, 2009 #

  5. What’s the top band in the Indian sub-continent? When they’re competing with the top Scottish and Canadian bands things will have gone truly global!

    Has any Indian or Pakistani music been published for the pipes, and where can you get a hold of it?

    Comment by Richard — August 11, 2009 #

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