There’s an interesting article on the bagpipe.news website which may be of interest. The article first appeared in the Piping Times a while ago and was written by the late Diana Henderson. Her article is a very good and succinct history of the Army School of Piping.
I enjoyed my time at the Army School. In those days it was based at Edinburgh Castle. In March 1980 I went through the Senior Pipers’ Course. I stayed at the Castle that summer and went around the games with Pipe Major Angus MacDonald. From September 1980–June 1981 I went through the Pipe Majors’ Course.
I then went back to the Castle as Senior Pipe Major from September 1993 until 2000 when we shifted to Redford Barracks on the south side of Edinburgh. I displayed all the photographs there – they’re still on display – and made the case that houses Pipe Major Willie Ross’ practice chanter.
Prior to that I was Corporal Piping Instructor at the depot at Bridge of Don from 1982 -84. Alasdair Gillies had just left but a young Gordon Walker was there. I was Pipe Major at the Depot school from 1992–93. This was after spending six years as Pipe Major of the Queen’s Own Highlanders (1986 – 92). Great days.