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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 current repertoire (rev 31 DEC 2021):

Road Tunes.

Amazing Grace

His Father's Lament for Donald MacKenzie

Colonel Forbes of Corse and Wings

Killiecrankie and Aros Park

The Barren Rocks of Aden and Wha’ Saw the 42nd

St. Patrick's Medley:

Kerry Dance and Rakes of Mallow


Military Medley:

Army, Marine's, Navy, Air Force, USCG

March Medley:

Sunset on the Somme

Castle Dangerous

Balmoral

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

Bonnie Dundee and Glendaurel Highlanders
Caber Feidh


G4.

Cullen Bay

Medley:

The 1976 Police Tattoo
Sound of Sleat Strathspey
Kingsfold
Kelly’s Jig
Sound of Sleat Reel

Mini MSR:

Captain Norman Orr Ewing

Harp and the Lion

Green Fields of America

G3.

Altera Terra

Irish Sea, Drew James McIntosh and Old Wife and the Milldust

Drew James McIntosh

Dr. JG Hunter of Aultbea and Pipe Major Donald Maclean of Lewis

Bathgate Highland Gathering, Festival March, Banks of the Lossie

Ian McMaster

The Diamond Anniversary March


MSR 1:

Father John MacMillan of Barra

Caber Feidh

The Grey Bob​

MSR 2:

Balmoral Highlanders

Stac Polly

Major David Manson

Wake Up! 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

aWake Medley:

William Grey

Salute to Cap Caval

Thunderhead Slow Jig

Thunderhead

Rory Gallagher

An Cota Ruadh and Part E

Reeliam Grey

 

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.

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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 Singapore in Malaysia along with many  fellow soldiers. The Battle ended on April 9, 1942, when British  Lieutenant-General Arthur Ernest Percival surrendered to Japanese General Masaharu Homma; by this point 130,000 soldiers became Prisoners of War.  What followed was one of the worst atrocities in modern wartime history—In October 1942, the Japanese began to move POWs up to Thailand to build the Thai-Burma Railway which was their strategic solution to get supplies to their forces fighting the British in Burma.   Learn more here.

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