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11-07-2002, 08:55 AM
Is there anything (other than Orkney Wedding) that can be performed with a talented high school band (not marches, dances, etc.)
11-07-2002, 09:12 AM
Canadian composer Scott MacMillan has composed/arranged a number of orchestral and smaller ensemble pieces featuring Highland Pipes. His website is scottmacmillan.ca (http://www.scottmacmillan.ca)
His most recent work featuring pipes is the "MacKinnon's Brook Suite". The work was commissioned by former Rawlins Cross piper Ian McKinnon, and is the piper on the recording of the same name, which available with sound samples here: mackinnonsbrook.org (http://www.mackinnonsbrook.org)
Scott MacMillan does rent out his work (see his website) The folk group I play in is actually going to be playing selections from the suite as well as some other pieces with the local International Symphony Orchestra around Robert Burns Day next year.
Hope this helps.
i had the pleasure of playing a great arrangement of highland cathedral with a youth orchestra i was playing with in scotland a few years back with a piper. sounded awesome, i can't see why there isn't more stuff out there for pipes and orchestra.
11-07-2002, 07:27 PM
4 of us did the tune from "Last of the Mohicans" with our school orchestra, which sounded great. I think it was called the "Gael" or "Gale"?
11-07-2002, 11:40 PM
I played the pipe Tune "Highland Cathedral" in the Christmas Concert 1999 together with an orchestra and a youth chorus in Boeblingen/Germany. People say it was great! Perhaps it was the same arrangement/orchestration mentioned by Borton. Boeblingen is the twin city of Glenrothes/Scotland and the arrangement was brought from there. Handwritten for all the different instruments and voices.
11-08-2002, 09:13 PM
Being in both pipe bands and school bands I have the opportunity to hear music all the time, even when I don't want to. I know one piece that sounded really good in a orchestra / pipe band setting is the Andrew Lloyd Webber piece Pie Jesu. It is on the 48th Highlanders of Canada's "Abide with Me" cd. On that same cd, there is also Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 Ode to Joy as well as the Lord of the Dance aka Simple Gifts.