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Old 09-12-2010, 08:39 AM   #31
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What's the picture for piping in the Westchester County area? White Plains? Are bands thick on the ground in the NYC exurbia?
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:35 PM   #32
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Very piping rich area David.
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:05 AM   #33
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One hears so much about NYC and pipe bands, esp. police and fire, and Irish fraternal organizations, etc. I was curious if some of this made its way out into exurbia in the post-WWII move out to the suburbs and beyond.
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Old 09-18-2010, 09:29 PM   #34
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What was Donald McPherson doing in New York in the 1900ís? He would clearly have an impact with who ever he was around. Who were Murdoch Buchannan and his brothers? Seems like quite a few people have a set of pipes belonging to these guys? County Tyrone Pipe Band boasts a lot of accomplished players and must have been a fairly good band. Who were they? There are many questions that were never asked and maybe it is age but I was just trying to solicit some stories that addressed these and other related topics. [/QUOTE]

As a kid in his late 20's I can't comment on too much. Though I do know a bit about Murdoch and Donald Buchanan. Personally, I know two people who where students of them. I was taught by David Baird, a man from Airdrie Scotland who emigrated to Canada and then to New York/New Jersey where he took up piping under Donald Buchanan. Also Gerry Cramsie who was taught by Murdoch Buchanan.
David later played with the Kenmure band and was very good friends with George Bell and his family. He later moved back to Canada where he took tuition from John Wilson of Edinburgh and through him became good friends with the late PM John T. McKenzie and Colin McClellan (his next door neighbor) David was also Pipe Major of the Schenectedy Pipe band for a few years. He retired to Florida and had success as a teacher of solo competitors.
Gerry Cramsie's history I am not as solid on, I know he was involved with the FBI band as a young man and is good friends with Joe Brady Jr. and may have also played with the Inis Fada band.
Both david and Gerry have beautifiul sets of Henderson pipes from their respective teachers.

I think you also mentioned Tommy Shearer, I never met him but do know that he instructed two friends of mine who are both excellent Pipers. Gregg McWilliam and Matt Phelps, I believe Matt is now P/S of the Stuart Highlanders, whos membership could tell you a lot about more recent east coast piping history as they have been members of all of the powerhouse New England bands over the last 15 or perhaps more years.

Just my two cents, which aint worth much

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Old 02-10-2018, 05:46 PM   #35
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Hereís a link to a photo of my father, Joseph Miller, playing with the Lovett Cameron Pipe Band. Anybody know any of the other people in the photo?


Originally Posted by Michael Faughnan View Post
A little more drilling via Google and a few things started to come together with regard to some of the names I had heard growing up.


When an 18 yr Duncan McCaskill moved from Scotland to New Jersey in the 1920's. After initially playing with a small pipe band sponsored by Standard Oil he joined the Lovat Pipe Band in New York City, one of the top competitive pipe bands of the day. When it merged with the Cameron Pipe Band of Kearney NJ, to become the Lovat -Cameron Pipe Band, McAskill became Pipe Major.

Duncan McAskill was one of the premier Piping Adjudicators in our area and one of teh leading architects of the EUSPBA. I was only a kid competing in front of him back in the day and never relaized he was a Pipe Major as well.
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:58 AM   #36
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When I was growing up in the DC area, Denny & Dunipace/S&I/CoW was certainly THE local band that influenced everyone. Sure, we heard recordings of Strathclyde and the Frasers, but the band that we heard all the time (and took lessons from its members, and aspired to play with) was the home-town heavy hitter.

I wonder how much a player coming up in pipe bands now is still influenced by local styles rather than by being able to hear the big boys all the time online. Personally, I love having access to everything, and I get tunes from the UK bands that admire, too, but it's a different experience now than in the pre-Internet days.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:25 PM   #37
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Greetings to All,

As this Thread seems to now be in resurrection
mode... I shall make this following... and very
hopeful... inquiry...

In the state of Rhode Island... and just past WW II,
and possibly in the late 40s... but most certainly in
the 50s and 60s... there was an Irish pipe band...
that I think... was active... at least into the 70s.

Do any here... know anything of it?

I have not location nor city in Rhode Island... but
what I do have... is a lovely old set... of two-drone
Irish War Pipes... in Cocuswood... by Starck... from
the early mid-30s... made for Boosey & Hawkes...
for their Canadian market... that were brought to Rhode
Island by a Canadian immigrant... and played there for
many, many years... in that band.

(In-so-far as long-shots go... this may take... the bleedin'
cake!!... but I would so like to run its history to ground...)

Any and all memories.. vague recollections... or downright
guesses... are welcome...

Regards to All,


My friends all know,
With what a brave carouse...

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