Pipe Major John MacDonald and his pupils.
Date January 1952
Track ID 9964
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Original Track ID

SA1952.023.A5

Original Tape ID

SA1952.023

Summary

Pipe Major John MacDonald and his pupils.

The contributor studied under Pipe Major John MacDonald for six months in 1912. There were four in the class: Willie Taylor, Seaforths; Willie Young, HLI; Davie Duncan, Royal Scots Fusiliers; and the contributor. The pupils went in to be taught one at a time. If MacDonald was pleased with a pupil's work at the pibroch he would sit with his head in his hands and his eyes closed, but sometimes he would open his eyes and point out the rhythm distinctly. A pupil going in would ask the one coming out, "How is he?" and if the teacher was in a good mood the one coming out would reply, "Sleepin like a babe." Willie Ross took over the piping school after John MacDonald.

Item Subject/Person

MacDonald, Pipe Major John

Language

Scots

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SoSS