What is pipe major?

  • (noun): The chief piper in a band of bagpipes.

Pipe Major

The Pipe Major is the director of bagpipe music in a Scottish or Irish pipe band. Like the appointment of Drum Major, the position of Pipe Major is derived from British Army traditions. During the early twentieth century, the term Sergeant Piper was used for the role in place of "Pipe Major".

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Dagenham Girl Pipers
... The girls were initially taught in secret by Scottish Pipe Major Douglas Scott-Taylor who, it is said, thought teaching women would damage his reputation ... known for having the first female, and first non-Scot pipe major who came from their own ranks, when Sgt Edith Turnbull—the first member of the band—was made a Pipe Major in the band ...
Charles Davidson Dunbar - World War I
... McLaren, as pipe-major and immediately took command of the pipe band ... Again, he volunteered to pipe the troops into battle ... During the Battle of the Somme, fighting at Courcelette on 14 September 1916, Pipe Major Dunbar was seriously wounded in the stomach and left leg by shrapnel ...
Pipe Major - Canadian Forces
... "Pipe Major" in the Canadian military is also an appointment not a rank ... Pipe Majors are appointed by the unit Commanding Officer after consulting with the Supervisor of Music (Directorate of History and Heritage - 7) ... The Pipe Major's insignia (a four-bar chevron with bagpipe badge) is usually surmounted with the appropriate rank badge ...
Charles Davidson Dunbar - British Army
... at that time was Colonel Guinness, an officer who took exceptional pride in the efficiency of his pipe band ... was taken on the strength of the regiment and posted to the pipe band ... and the ivory-mounted ‘feadan’ (chanter) placed in his hands by a kindly pipe sergeant with the words ‘Ye ken, my lad, the auld word, ‘learn young, learn fair ...
Charles Davidson Dunbar - Memorial
... A plaque commemorating Lieutenant Pipe Major Charles Dunbar, DCM, 1870-1939 is displayed on the wall of the John Weir Foote VCA Armouries on the east side of James ... As pipe-major of the 19th Battalion, he saw action during the First World War ... was his appointment as lieutenant in 1917, the first pipe-major to become a pipe-officer in the history of Canadian and British forces." ...

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