Jim Hutton: the pipes|drums Interview from the Archives

Published: September 30, 2011

The passing of the famous pipe band drummer Jim Hutton in June of this year brought into focus his role in and contributions to our community. Over Hutton’s 75 years he accomplished much, including competitive, teaching and organizational success. In light of his work, we chose to look back at the interview we conducted with him in 2000, and bring to subscribers to pipes|drums the full text of the conversation in the latest in our Interviews from the Archives series.

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