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Throwback Thursday: Donald MacLeod


Few pipers have had as large an impact on modern piping as Donald MacLeod (1917–1982). “Wee Donald” was one of the most successful and admired soloists and prolific composers of the modern era. His six books of music are a required component of every serious piper’s library and his tunes are happily played by all levels of soloists and bands. I dare say that there has never been a year in recent memory where the MSRs at the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships did not include “Susan MacLeod” as the strathspey in at least one band’s set. Each year, the Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition in Donald’s home of Stornoway require pipers to play Donald’s compositions, including piobaireachd.


Vince Janoski Vin is a long-time piper based on the east coast of the USA. He has been on the Executive Committee of the EUSPBA and been the editor of the acclaimed Voice magazine. Recently, he has played in the Grade 1 Oran Mor Pipe Band, and the Grade 1 Stuart Highlanders pipe band. He currently produces the websites Pipehacker.com and WhiskyTunes.com.... And, needless to say, he spends way too much time than is allowed for any one person playing, writing about, and thinking about bagpiping.