Mark Saul: the pipes|drums Interview – Part 3

Published: February 29, 2012

We continue our wide-ranging discussion with Mark Saul, one of the world’s most popular composers of music for the Highland pipes. In this third instalment, Saul talks about the Victoria Police, the prospects for another Australian pipe band winning a Grade 1 World Championship, and the challenges of leading a Grade 2 band whose reason-to-be is not all winning all the time. Mark Saul touches on the allure of the World’s, and the trend towards amalgamating players for flash-in-the-pan attempts to make a mark in Scotland, and the big picture of camaraderie, music and simply having fun.

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Graham Kirkwood, L-D, Niagara Regional Police