Mark Saul: the pipes|drums Interview – Part 2

Published: January 31, 2012

We continue our exclusive interview with Mark Saul of Melbourne, one of the leading composers and arrangers of pipe music of our time. In Part 2, Saul discusses the challenges of composing and publishing in the modern piping world, the role that the Victoria Police Pipe Band had on his work, and the band’s organization and strategy in its 1990s glory years. Mark Saul goes in to detail about the management style of Pipe-Major Nat Russell, the tuning genius of Robert Crozier, and dispels a few myths about the band that have evolved since its 1998 World Championship win.

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Ever have trouble deciding if your F is just a bit flat or sharp? If you think it’s flat, lift the D finger up and if it come into better pitch, you know you need to raise the tape slightly. If it’s not, well then, you have your answer as well.
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