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GUEST,The O'Meara Bagpipes in America (90* d) RE: MusicalBS: Bagpipes in America 22 Nov 02


I hate it when that happens! (Technologically challenged, you know.)

I'm a Drum Major recently retired (arthritis) from the Colorado Irish Pipe Band. I've looked into this a bit (I'm sure as hell no expert) and I believe there were a lot more pipers around the U.S. than are commonly discussed. For example during the mid and late 1800s almost all of the towns along the route of the western railroad were heavily populated by Irish railroad workers and there were a great many pipe bands, in fact there were pipe band competitions in the old west. (But the shootouts got all the good press.) But the pipes became associated with "shanty Irish' and fell into disfavor. The 69th New York (Irish)regiment had pipers during the civil war and WWI and do to this day. There was also a Scottish kilted regiment during the civil war, I believe it was the 72nd, who had pipers.

I don't know much about the Rev War, but there is a common belief that there were British units, most notably during the Battle of New Orleans in 1814, who had Scottish pipers.

There was a piper at the Alamo, who would play duets with Davy Crockett, a pretty good fiddler himself. (The suggestion that this was why the Mexicans declared No Quarter is not true. Probably.)

This help any?

O'Meara


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