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Pipe Major Donald MacLeod, M.B.E.

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Pipe Major Donald MacLeod, M.B.E. was one of the greatest pipers and composers of the 20th century. He served in 51st Highland Division in WWII and was appointed Pipe Major of the Seaforth Highlanders at the age of 25. He published 6 books of light music and one book of piobaireachd. He also released over 40 volumes of piobraireachd tutorials as well as several other recordings.

Donald MacDonald

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The playing of bagpipes has been around for thousands of years. The Highland bagpipe and its music has existed for mere hundred. The unique style of playing and its’ associated traditions could have been lost without the standardization and writing down of the tunes. One of the unknown heroes in keeping the music alive was Donald MacDonald.

Major-General C.S. Thomason

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During the later part of the 1800’s there was a belief among many bagpipers that Piobaireachd, or classical bagpipe music, was close to being lost. One of the music's greatest supporters, and one of the founding members of the Piobaireachd Society, was Major-General C.S. Thomason. He spent much of his life studying, collecting, and finally publishing a major work on piobaireachd, Ceol Mor.

Donald Mor MacCrimmon

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The origins of piobaireachd extend back to at least the late 1500s. The MacCrimmons of Skye are credited with creating the basic ideas and structure of the form. One of the more influential of the MacCrimmons was Donald Mor MacCrimmon.

Iain Dall MacKay

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Iain Dall MacKay holds an important place in the history of piping. Considered one of bagpiping's greatest composers, he is known to have authored at least 30 piobaireachds. Iain Dall had the distinction of being both piper and bard to the chief of the MacKenzies, an astonishing feat for the time.

Patrick Mor MacCrimmon

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The MacCrimmon family, the Hereditary Pipers of Clan MacLeod, produced many great pipers and are credited with a tremendous historical influence on the art of piobaireachd. The most influential member of the family was Donald Mor MacCrimmon. Patrick Mor, one of Donald Mor’s sons, who followed his father as Hereditary Piper, was known as a great player and composer.

Angus MacKay

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Angus MacKay is probably the of the most influential pipers in the world of Piobaireachd. A genius in the piping world from a very young age, his books and manuscripts still effect bagpiping as we play it today.

Archie McNeill—The Blind Piper

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One of the best known books used when learning to play the bagpipes is The College of Piping Tutor 1. This book was written by Seumas McNeill and Thomas Pearston. Both men learned to play the bagpipes from Archie McNeill, the blind piper. His teaching methods became the basis of the tutor. Who was Archie McNeill and why was he called the blind piper?