IT'S NATIONAL BLOW BAGPIPES DAY! READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE.
AND CLICK ON THE PHOTOS FROM THE 2009 CROTON SUMMERFEST PARADE FEATURING LOCAL 21 N.Y. PIPES & DRUMS! They were fantastic!
EXCERPTS: Originally pastoral and festive, the military began using the bagpipe in the eighteenth century and accompanied it with drums. Battlefields were loud, so instruments were used to communicate.
Bagpipers from clans—who
were often at war with each other—would inspire soldiers before battle,
and played during battles to signal movements, attacks, and retreats.
When the Scottish uprising of 1745 failed, military training was banned. Thus, the bagpipe could no longer be used in this context anymore, although it was not banned for other uses. In the Scottish Lowlands, pipers held important positions in communities. There were town pipers, and those who played dance music and songs at weddings, feasts, and fairs. The soft sounding Scottish Lowland bagpipe was played from about 1750 to 1850; it had a bellows, and three drones in one stock.
When England and Scotland united in the early eighteenth
century, bagpipes were brought all over the world to British colonies,
to places such as Africa and Ceylon.
YOU CAN SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM THE 2009 CROTON SUMMERFEST COURTESY OF ROB ASTORINO AT HIS FLICKR PHOTOSTREAM HERE AND HERE.
AND FATHER MIKE OF HOLY NAME OF MARY AND THE PIPERS AT THE 2011 ST. PATRICK'S CELEBRATION https://www.flickr.com/photos/54481157@N07/sets/72157626260334558/
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