From the Archives: Angus J. MacLellan: the pipes|drums Interview, August 1997
Last Updated: March 4, 2014
On October 12, 2013, the piping and drumming world lost Angus J. MacLellan after a long illness. Fortunately, pipes|drums conducted an extensive interview with him in August 1997, which we bring to subscribers now in several parts. We include the original introduction and text originally presented in 1998.
Harper, Mackay; Page, Litherland winners in A, B Toronto Amateur Knockout Finals
Last Updated: March 2, 2014
Callum Harper won the A Division for Grade 1 and 2 amateur solo pipers, and Gavin Mackay came out on top in the B Division for Grade 3 and 4 pipers at the annual Toronto Amateur Knockout Final, after several rounds of qualifying heats. In the snare drumming . . .
Douglas Murray of Fife, Scotland, was named the overall winner of the annual Pipe-Majors Wheel of Fortune competition, organized by the City of Edinburgh Pipe Band, and held at a packed Danderhall Miners Club, near Edinburgh. After spins of the Golden Chanter, Murray had to play . . .
Duncan Nicholson and Eric Ward: Pipes+Drums Recital 2013
Last Updated: February 7, 2014
pipes|drums is pleased to bring viewers and listeners the second of our Hot Stove League videos from the 2013 Pipes+Drums Recital at the 2013 Piping Live! Glasgow International Festival of Piping, featuring Pipe-Major Duncan Nicholson and Leading-Drummer Eric Ward of the Grade 1 Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band.
The leaders performed to a standing-room only crowd that gathered at the Street Café outside of the National Piping Centre, with listeners spilling out of the tent to watch two of the world's most talented exponents of the art in a free performance.
A new pipes|drums series especially for subscribers to the magazine, the renowned piper, teacher, composer and adjudicator Jim McGillivray provides insight into the often hidden fundamentals of the Highland bagpipe. Often different from more mainstream thinking, his techniques have proven successful, as he has analyzed and dissected the reasons why the top pipers are able to achieve the sounds and consistency that many average pipers can't seem to learn. His efforts have resulted in the distillation of complex practices into simple terms that every piper can understand and adapt. The new feature will appear regularly on pipes|drums.
We conclude our exclusive interview with Jack Lee, one of piping history's greatest pipers, teachers and leaders, who has committed his life to furthering the art. In this fifth part, Lee discusses his influences, his practice regimen and teaching techniques and what lies ahead as he continues his competitive, performing and teaching career in Highland piping.
We resume our exclusive pipes|drums Interview with Jack Lee, one of history's greatest Highland pipers, in the fourth part for subscribers to the magazine. In this installment, Lee delves into his solo piping career and even talks about his perhaps apocryphal reputation for games-day intensity, his legendary 1981 Silver Star MSR at the Northern Meeting, and his surprising practice routine.
In the third instalment of our exclusive interview for pipes|drums subscribers, the renowned solo piper and pipe-sergeant of the Grade 1 and six-time World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band delves into becoming and staying competitive on a world level for many years, teaching programs and succession planning for leaders. Jack Lee delves into the problems, challenges and rewards for pipe bands today, and the increasingly difficulty of satisfying and sustaining the demand for ever more and talented personnel, and the need for professionalism within the ranks, and how vital Leading-Drummer Reid Maxwell has been to the band's success.
Pipers: The golden rule when working with a reed is, "You can always take material off the cane, but you cannot put it back." So, remember, when removing the slightest amount of material, blow the reed again.
Tom McAllister, Jr.
Taking it all in
Last Updated: February 14, 2014
For subscribers only, Colin MacLellan reviews "Ascension – Live at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall," the new double CD package by the Inveraray & District Pipe Band, and awards the project a rating rarely given to any recording or product reviewed on pipes|drums.
Andy Fuller of Adelaide, Australia, reviews Fergus Muirhead's 'A Piper's Tale - Stories from the World's Top Pipers,' a 204-page book that he finds - perhaps surprisingly - very engaging for pipers, drummers, enthusiasts or even the great masses unafflicted by the strange, benign virus that is the GHB