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Old 08-16-2018, 09:51 AM   #1
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Default How Many Pipers in the World?

Friends and Fellow Pipers! I am new to the forum . That said, I am involved in a project to make a film about piping. We thing the piping world will love it and proudly "own it".



My partners and associates are asking questions to which I seek answers:

How many bagpipers are there in the world?

How many pipe bands large and small?

How many associations? How many companies selling highland attire, pipes and drums?

How can we notify as many of those core communities as possible when the film is in the can and ready to be distributed?


I am a lawyer down in Georgia. I truly appreciate any help any of you can give me.
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:14 AM   #2
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You are asking an unanswerable question... well, unanswerable with any great of certainty.

As closely knit as the community is there are many players and bands scattered across the world that few know exist. Iíve been playing for 18years and still learn about new bands in my part of the world.

The forum here is a good start, as is reaching out to Pipes and Drums Magazine, The Big Rab Show, The RSPBA and other Pipe Band associations. Perhaps try talking to major bands such as SFU, FMM, SLOT, I&D... generally if they do something, the community follows suit- so if they plug the video on Facebook, word will get out.


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Old 08-16-2018, 10:30 AM   #3
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Im sure if you share it with appropriate hash tags and if you do you keyword reasearch the community will be all over it. Forward it to 3 or 4 podcasts that are pipe band related. Sit back and watch the view count tick.

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Old 08-16-2018, 10:34 AM   #4
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First things first....define Pipers
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Old 08-16-2018, 11:52 AM   #5
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First things first....define Pipers
Right! there are easily many thousands of pipers playing Highland bagpipes across the world. If you add in all the others playing Irish, English, Scottish other-than-highland, Dutch, German, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Greek, Turkish…types of bagpipes, you may well be into the hundreds of thousands.
Not all pipers (even Highland pipers) are members of bands or pipe band associations, so would be missed in the count based on the rosters of bands or Pipe Band Associations.


FWIW, you'd only find me listed in the Lowland and Borders piping Society and the Bagpipe Society, The American Federation of Musicians ( Local 9-535, Boston Musicians' Association) and a couple of online booking agencies.
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Old 08-16-2018, 01:42 PM   #6
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I was leaning towards the exclusion of some who own one ..or two or more sets of pipes ...but in reality shouldn't own any. thereís a lot out there.
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Old 08-18-2018, 04:29 PM   #7
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I was leaning towards the exclusion of some who own one ..or two or more sets of pipes ...but in reality shouldn't own any. there’s a lot out there.
My set of pre-WW I Lawries came from the state of a woman who kept this box of pipes in her living room for countless decades. She was reported to not play...but liked to look at them. There’s surely a back story there...but that info went along with her to the grave. While alive, she would not sell or let others have access to these pipes.
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Old 08-18-2018, 11:32 PM   #8
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I was leaning towards the exclusion of some who own one ..or two or more sets of pipes ...but in reality shouldn't own any. thereís a lot out there.
My brother. He has a set of silver and ivory pipes he bought from a piper back in the 70's, because he liked the guys kilt... I don't know the maker. He doesn't play, doesn't want to play, doesn't even like pipe music, AND HE WON'T GIVE THEM TO ME!!!! @#$%^&*.............
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My brother. He has a set of silver and ivory pipes he bought from a piper back in the 70's, because he liked the guys kilt... I don't know the maker. He doesn't play, doesn't want to play, doesn't even like pipe music, AND HE WON'T GIVE THEM TO ME!!!! @#$%^&*.............


Have you tried taking them by force?


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Old 08-19-2018, 10:51 PM   #10
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Walker, here are some previous discussion threads that should still be fairly relevant...

How many pipers in the world (2004)
http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/...ad.php?t=77172

# of Pipers in the World (2005)
http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/...ad.php?t=96000

pipers worldwide - how many? (2006)
http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/...ad.php?t=98223

How many GHB and pipe bands are there in the world? (2009)
http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/...d.php?t=126282

Estimated total pipers worldwide? (2016)
http://forums.bobdunsire.com/forums/...d.php?t=134383


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