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TUNES.

Music from the pipes and drums breathe a sense of passion and pride to those who hear it.  From funerals, to competitions or stage performances with the likes of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestrathe Chieftains or the Piano Guys — we strive to balance the requirements of our performances with the skill level of our players.  


Here is our 2020 repertoire:

General Band.

Amazing Grace

Colonel Forbes of Corse and Wings

Farewell to the Creeks

His Father's Lament for Donald MacKenzie

Killiecrankie and Aros Park


Military Medley:

Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, USCG


Slow Air Set:

The Irish Sea, Bells of Dunblane and The Rowan Tree Air

G5.

QMM:

Sunset on the Somme

Castle Dangerous

Balmoral


G4.

Medley:

Bloody Fields of Flanders

Old wife of the Milldust

The Gathering

The Classical Bob

The Fiddler

Sleepy Maggie

Silver Spear

MSR:

Captain Norman Orr Ewing,

Calum Campbell of Benbecula

HRH Princess Elizabeth's Reel


G3.

Altera Terra

Drew James McIntosh

Old Wife of the Mill Dust

Dr. JG Hunter of Aultbea

Pipe Major Donald Maclean of Lewis


MSR:

Father John MacMillan of Barra

Caber Feidh

The Grey Bob​

Medley:

Cutting Bracken

John Roy Stewart

AA Cameron

Sandy Tony Cameron

Cutting Bracken Jig

Out of the Air

Pipes of Peace

Sailing on Top of the Waves

High Drive

Massed Bands.

Green Hills of Tyrol and When the Battle's O'er

Scotland the Brave and Rowan Tree

High Road to Gairloch and Brown Haired Maiden

 

TUNE HISTORY.

Some history behind #TunesWePlay

THE ROWAN TREE

The name "rowan" is derived from the Old Norse name for the tree, raun. Linguists believe that the Norse name is ultimately derived from a proto-Germanic word *raudnian meaning "getting red" and which referred to the red foliage and red berries in the autumn. According to the Celtic tradition the ROWAN TREE would provide protection against evil spirits. To have one at home would bring good luck and to cut it would bring unhappiness - which explains its relative proliferation in Scotland. The origin of the melody is unknown but the lyrics are from 1822 and were written by Carolina Oliphant, also known as Lady Nairne. The Rowan Tree was also a favorite tune of Pipe Major Dave McKee Sr of Chicago's Stock Yard Kilty Band.

BALMORAL

The tune Balmoral was written by Sir Robert Bruce of the Gordon Highlanders. As a Scottish solider fighting in World War 2, Robert Bruce was captured during the Battle of Bataan in the Philippines along with many a fellow soldier. The Battle ended on April 9, 1942, when U.S. General Edward King surrendered to Japanese General Masaharu Homma; by this point 75,000 soldiers became Prisoners of War. What followed was one of the worst atrocities in modern wartime history—the Bataan Death March. Robert Bruce survived this march, laying the road to Balmoral — honoring his comrades who died along the way -- with his tune.  WE play Balmoral to honor our fallen. In doing so we honor all those who gave their lives in services to others.