February 28, 2002

Hugh McInnes Dies Suddenly

Hugh McInnes died suddenly of an apparent heart attack on Friday, February 8, in his home town of Glasgow. He was in his 50s.

McInnes was one of the world’s best light music competitors for over 20 years, and won virtually every major March, Strathspey & Reel prize in Scotland.

He was also a major player in the pipe band world, leading the Toyota Pipe Band to Grade 1 status in the 1980s, and serving as Pipe-Sergeant of the famous British Caledonian Airways Pipe Band in the 1970s and early 1980s.

In the past ten years, after he left the competitive stage, he was a frequent judge, often on the benches of the most prestigious light music events.

On behalf of pipers and drummers everywhere, we extend our condolences to Hugh McInnes’s family and friends.





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