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Old 01-26-2009, 05:17 AM   #1
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Default Bridge of Don

I am trying to find out who the composer is for the tune Bridge of Don as played on the RSDG recent CD titled Journey.

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Old 01-27-2009, 04:08 AM   #2
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IIRC Bridge (or Brig) of Don was at one point the Scottish Division army infantry training depot (before everything got moved around). At some point in the eighties, Dixie Ingram, Scots Guards was there as RSM and Iain Morrison (QOH) as P/M - what a combination! I think that during this period the Aberdeen University OTC band won a couple of 'majors' under the direction of Dixie.
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:14 PM   #3
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Are ye sure the tune isnt called "Banks of the Don" ?? I`d love the music for it due to having family from the area.

As for the Brig O` Don, yer right Roddy, Iain Morrison was there as Pipie in the early 80s - The DM was Eddie Park - Argylls.As I write this another ex Bridge of Don boy from that time is online.He`s got a new cd oot by the way !

I dont recall Dixie being there as he was/is SG and would have been at the Guards Piping School at Pirbright.IIRC one of Dixies sons was a drummer in SG P&D at that time too....I digress !

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Old 01-29-2009, 05:20 AM   #4
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Yer right. I think Dixie was actually RSM for Aberdeen University OTC but was a live in mess member at Bridge of Don. Yes, certainly Dixie's son was a drummer in the SG (and later with various other bands in England including Clan Sutherland and the Guards Regimental Association). At least one of his other sons also did a few years in the Guards as a piper.

Dixie returned to Pirbright as Senior P/M, chief piping instructor until he wa commissioned a year or two later and took up various posts until his retirement which was probably about six years ago- I was in the SGA band that played at his 'dining out' dinner at Pirbright. I last spoke with him a couple of months ago and he continues to teach in schools and seems full of beans.


PS Who is the other ex Brig of Don man who has just released a CD? I have just had a birthday and have birthday money burning a hole in my pocket!
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:09 AM   #5
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Default Re: Bridge of Don

Going back to the tune, the only Brig o' Don tune I know is the 6/8 slow air on page 90 of the second Gordon Highlanders book. It was written by Pipe Major Charles Turnbull, a pupil of G.S. McLennan, supposedly in the 1920's.

I have not heard the Royal Scots Dragoons cd, so I don't know if this is the same tune. If it was composed in the 1920's I'm not even sure that the Bridge of Don Barracks would have existed then, I think that the old Depot at Castlehill Barracks would have still been in use.
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