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PAGE 01 - FINGASK CASTLE: is a castle located in the area of Rait, Perth and Kinross, in Perthshire, Scotland. It is known as one of the places Bonnie Prince Charlie had stayed in 1745 during his escape from the British after the Battle of Culloden. There is a story about tartan that was named Stewart or Stuart of Fingask. This tartan is almost identical to the Drummond of Perth. It was one of the valuable relics of the '45, treasured by the Murray-Threipland family of Fingask. It was said to be the pattern of a cloak of Prince Charles Edward, who left it at Fingask after staying there at the time of the '45. Today there are several Pipe Bands that either wear or have worn this tartan. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 28 in Chatham, The Woolmet and Danderhaal Pipe Band, Scotland (who placed 7th in 1977’s Worlds in Grade 1) and the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums (Pipers wear the Stewart of Fingask and Drummers wear the regimental Davidson Tartan). I remember Andy Baillie a side drummer and instructor told me he wore this tartan when he played with the Woolmet and Danderhaal Pipe Band. I chose this name for this tune to honour the location where it came into being and also as I wore this tartan for many years as a piper with the 48th Highlanders of Canada – composed this tune in 1978.
PAGE 02 - MISS ELIZA GORDON MUNRO: was named after the Great Grand Mother of one of the pipers that played for me in the 25 Toronto Service Battalion Pipes and Drums. They were going to play it for them at their 90th Birthday Celebrations. The piper was Jeannie Mackay, she eventually married one of the other pipers in the band Colin Stewart. Colin did use this tune in solo competition at one point, if I recall, shortly after I wrote it. This tune was composed April 26, 1983.
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PAGE 03 - THE ECSTATIC PIPER: is one of those tunes that came into my head at a band practice one evening. I jotted it down on some makeshift manuscript (which was often how I composed tunes to start with). After playing it for some of the pipers in the band, they gave it the name “The Ecstatic Piper” as they felt the tempo and lift of tune was something that might occur if a piper were playing a tune Ecstatically. I composed this one in 1981
Looks like he is REALLY ECSTATIC
WOW, he's still one ECSTATIC Piper
PAGE 04 – THE YOUNG WINDSOR (George, Prince of Cambridge: was named after the son of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine (Kate) Middleton. The tune was composed before the title was selected. The tune had a lift to it similar to the tune “The Young McGregor” so, I thought, the tile should have the word “Young” in it, naturally “The Young Windsor” came to mind and thus I derived the title. It was composed July 2013.
PAGE 05 – CAM TINKESS: was a left handed Piper with the Scarborough Pipe Band who was playing his pipes like a right handed piper, but with his hands reversed to play as a lefty. He came to the band after playing with the Newmarket Pipe Band, where their Pipe Major John Mackenzie had Cam change from playing left handed with his drones on his right shoulder to playing with his drones on his right shoulder. I had him change back to having his drones on his right shoulder and it improved Cam’s steady blowing ability and playing ability immensely Cam could learn piper tunes with no problem. However, he used to learn tunes other than what the band was playing at that time. Often several tunes at the same time so he never really learned one tune completely, but did manage to learn them all over a period of months. Someone commented that he always tinkered with the music and having a last name Tinkess, he got the nickname “The Tinker”. There is another pipe tune I composed called “The Tinker’s Trek”. Yes that title has something to do with Cam also. Read on and find out that storey. This tune was composed in 1986.
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PAGE 06 - COLONEL GEORDIE ELMS CD: was a piper with the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums and one of the many members of the Elms family who served with the 48th Highlanders. His Grandfather George Elms was a Captain with the Regiment, his Father Bill Elms, was Drum Major and then Regimental Sargent Major (RSM) and Chief Warrant Officer. His brother Bill was also a member of the regiment. Geordie was obviously destined for bigger and better things and a career with the Military. Georgie became an Officer and subsequently became an Officer and subsequently became Commanding of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, in Hamilton, Ontario. He then served a number of times overseas in various theaters of deployment rising to the rank of Colonel. Following his retirement, he has recently returned to the 48th Highlanders as their Honorary Colonel. I composed this tune in September 2014.

PAGE 07 – COLONEL JOHN M. LOWNDES CD: was the first member of the 48th Highlanders that I met in 1963 when I signed up with the Canadian Forces Militia. Colonel Lowndes was at that time Major Lowndes and was the DCO of the regiment. Colonel Lowndes was the officer that signed my enlistment papers. I often see him over the course of the year at various functions and he always has a kind word to say. This tune was composed in September 2014 as part of three 6/8 Marches composed at the same time.
PAGE 08 – COLONE RICHARD L. READ CD: Was Commanding Officer of the 48th Highlanders of Canada from 1970-197. I composed this tune after a recent dinner with members of the regiment, past and present, when Colonel Read mentioned that Major Donald Keeling, the Director of Music for the regiment, had composed for the Military Brass and Reed Band to play called Lt. Colonel Richard Read. Colonel Read mentioned that when he heard it played during the 1971 Tattoo the Regiment held a Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, he said he wish it could be adapted as a Pipe tune. So, after last evenings dinner meeting (March 26, 2015) at the Boulevard Club in Toronto, I thought, well I just presented Colonel Geordie Elms and Colonel John Lowndes framed copies of the tunes I composed for the, maybe I should compose a pipe tune to honour Colonel Reed as well. The next morning, March 27th, 2015. I presented him with a framed copy at the 125Th Reunion of the 48th Highlanders in May 2016.
PAGE 09 – J. (JOCK) NICOLL: was the piping instructor at the 25 Toronto Service Battalion Pipes and Drums when I joined the band as their Pipe Major. Jock’s son Kenny Nicoll was a piper in the band. It was Jock, Colin Stewart and Jeannie Mackay who were instrumental in getting me to come to their band as Pipe Major. Jock was one of those Scots that looked like a Pipe Major, with the moustache, his white hair and stature all gave you that impression. He was a great wee piper and did a lot to enhance the band prior to my arrival. This tune was composed in July 1982.
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PAGE 10 – KILWINNING LODGE: Kilwinning Lodge is Freemasons Lodge and my mother lodge in Toronto and is numbered No. 565 on the register of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. The lodge has the distinction of wearing highland dress to meetings and has a pipe band made up of various pipers and drummers who are members of the lodge. I held the position of Pipe Major of this band from 1980 to 2003 when I stepped down as Pipe Major. Members of the band played in various bands with the southern Ontario area, including the Toronto Scottish, the 48th Highlanders, Branch 66 of the Royal Canadian Legion, The Metropolitan Toronto Police Pipe Band, The Clan Macfarlane Pipe Band of St. Catharines and several other bands. This tune was composed on September 18, 1976.
PAGE 11 – PIPE MAJOR ARCHIE DEWAR CD: was my second piping instructor and the Pipe Major of the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums. I served under Pipe Major Dewar from 1963 to 1965 when he retired from Military Service. Pipe Major Dewar was one of the overseas Pipe Majors of the Band during WWII. This tune was composed in September 2014 as part of three 6/8 Marches composed at the same time.
PAGE 12 – PIPE SERGEANT VINCE FOSTER’S FAREWELL TO CASTLE FRANK: was the Pipe Sergeant with the Scarborough Pipes and Drums who held the small group of pipers and drummers together following the break-up of the majority of the band in 1979, when I was approached to help rebuild the band. Vince was one of those fine gentlemen you meet from time to time who has only the best interest of the band at heart. Vince continued playing with the band during and following my term as Pipe Major. Castle Frank is an area known mostly today because of it is the name of a subway station on the Bloor-Danforth Subway Line. It is located near the Bloor-Parliament Streets area. Castle Frank was also a school located in the area which was renamed as The Rosedale School of the Arts. However, the name Castle Frank goes back to the time of Sir John Graves Simcoe. It was the first estate built north of the Town of York (Toronto’s original name) . At that time he was the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada. The construction of the estate began in 1793. It was actually a made of logs (a log cabin) in form of a Greek Parthenon. It was customary to give you home a name and the Simcoe’s chose the name Castle Frank. Castle because in that era such an elaborate home, even though built of logs is like a Castle. Frank was the second part of the name after his son Francis who was killed during the war of 1812 in the Peninsula Wars fighting Napoleon. There was a second 24 Room Castle Frank built by Sir Alfred Edward Kemp who was Canada’s Defence Minister in 1916-1917. He kept the name Castle Frank in honour of Simcoe’s original home. It was demolished in 1962 and four years later 1966 the Castle Frank subway station was established. Vince Foster lived on Castle Frank Road, worked at the Castle Frank home until it was demolished and then took up work at the Castle Frank High School, until he retired and left the area. I wrote this upon Vince’s retirement and played Vince out of his retirement party at the Old Castle Frank School with this tune.
Vince Foster-Pipe Sgt. Scarborough Pipe Band
Castle Frank residence demolished in 1962 and replaced by the Castle Frank School
Castle Frank School replaced Castle Frank Home in 1962 and renamed to Rosedale Heights School of the Arts in the 1980s
The Toronto Transit Commission also has a Subway Station at the Castle Frank Stop located at Bloor and Danforth Streets meet at Rosedale Valley Road in Toronto
PAGE 13a STEWART GILLIS LOST HIS GLEN: (and Piper Gillis Found His Glen page 13b) were written based on one of the pipers of the Toronto Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums who tended to loose then find his glengarry just before we were to be on parade. I commented that I should write a tune about it. So, after I retired as Pipe Major of the Band, I remembered making that comment and struck out to write the music. One with a bit of a down tempo sound and the other with a livelier tempo as a reminder of the sadness of the loss and joy of the finding of his glengarry. These tunes were composed September 24th, 2014.

Stewart Gillis in Private Life-Personal Injury Lawyer
Piper Stewart Gillis with Toronto Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums at start of Battle of York Parade - April 2012
PAGE 13b PIPER GILLIS FOUND HIS GLEN: (and Stewart Gillis Lost his Glen page 13a) were written based on one of the pipers of the Toronto Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums who tended to loose then find his glengarry just before we were to be on parade. I commented that I should write a tune about it. So, after I retired as Pipe Major of the Band, I remembered making that comment and struck out to write the music. One with a bit of a down tempo sound and the other with a livelier tempo as a reminder of the sadness of the loss and joy of the finding of his glengarry. These tunes were composed September 24th, 2014.

Stewart Gillis in Private Life-Personal Injury Lawyer
Piper Stewart Gillis with Toronto Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums at start of Battle of York Parade - April 2012
PAGE 14 – REAY MACKAY”S BUTTON ACCORDION: is a tune I composed to recognize the ability that Reay had to play the button accordion as well being a well-recognized piper in his own right having been a champion solo piper as well as Pipe Major of the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums and their Grade 1 Competing band in the 1960’s and 1970’s. I was a piper in the 48th Highlanders have known Reay since 1963. The button accordion was won by Reay in a competition and it was the accordion played by Jimmy Shand the Great Scottish Accordionist as I understand the story. This tune was composed in December 17th, 2014.
PAGE 15 – ROD PARNELL: was a piper with the Scarborough Pipe Band. When I first met Rod, he came to one of band practices and asked if this was Scarborough. At that time I was in the rebuilding process of the band as we only had 5 pipers (including myself). So, I asked Rod if he knew how to play a few of the basic tunes,. He said he could play them and I said, give this man a uniform. About six months later that the band was playing in a Mini-Tattoo with some of the other local bands and the other Scarborough band was there, they were called “The Scarborough Red Hackle”. When they were announced just to put on their performance, Rod came over to me and said he thought we were the Scarborough Red Hackle as that was the band he had been interested in joining but was glad of the mix up and he was playing with our band. He is now with White Heather Pipe Band of Aurora

PAGE 16 – SERGEANT PETER MACLEOD CD: was a piper with the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums and also with the Toronto Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums around 1983. He is presently the Secretary and Treasurer and the publisher of the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums Association. I first met Peter in 1963 when I joined the 48th Highlanders. Often Peter will take on some piping jobs for me when I get booked up and vice versa I will do some piping jobs if Peter is not available. The tune was also composed in November 2014.
PAGE 17 – THE ADVANCE was a tune that accidently started out as the 3rd part of another tune I composed, but felt it did not fit the tune, so I wrote another third part for the original tune and evolved three more parts for this particular tune. It is a bit of a different tune and I was trying to think about what the tune sound reminded me of. So old style middle ages tune, but then I as Marg my wife what she thought and she said it sounded like something moving forward then back and forward again, something like that old story of the something moving forward by taking step back then two steps forward. Anyway, we finally decided “THE ADVANCE” was a good name for the tune. It was composed in 2004.
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PAGE 18 THE METROPOLITAN TORONTO POLICE PIPE BAND: was composed when I was a member of the band. I recall Pipe Major John Macdonald liked the tune and suggest a few changes. However, this version is the original composition. John may have made a few changes to the 4th part at one time, I am not sure. The tune was composed in 1978.
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PAGE 19 – THE YORK REGIONAL POLICE PIPE BAND: was a tune I had already written but did not have a name for it and decided on this title for the tune after hearing this band perform when I attended a band practice with one of my former pipers of the Scarborough Pipe Band Rod Parnell, who along with his two son’s-in-law (Randy Egan and Grant Rutherford) were pipers with this band at that time. This tune was written in January1992.
PAGE 20 – WARRANT OFFICER ROBERT (BOB) TAYLOR CD: was a piper with the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums for 62 years before retiring from playing with the band. Bob was a true gentleman. I met him first in 1963 when I joined the band. I do recall one time when the band was on a trip to New Orleans, everyone in the band was asking where Bob was after we had finished our shows for the day. I said, I saw him in a pub of one of the streets near the Stouffer’s hotel we were staying in. So we went there one night and there was Bob in his Blue Patrol uniform, sitting at the same table I saw him at almost a week before watching the dancers and having his drinks. Back then they were known as “GO-GO” Dancers. Anyway, Bob simply lifted his glass to give us his Cheer and turned back to enjoy his evening. I wrote this tune out of my great respect for this fine gentleman. I presented a copy the tune to him while he was in Bridgepoint Hospital mending from a fall over the Christmas season of 2013. The tune was composed in September 2013.
Warrant Officer Bob Taylor with his family: wife Lee, son Cameron (also a former 48th Highlanders Piper) and daughter Jennifer on the occasions of Bob's retirment from the 48th Highlanders Pipes and Drums after 62 year of service. Photo taken in the 48th P&D Band Room at Moss Partk Amroury - c. Sunday, May 10, 2009
PAGE 21 – PIPE MAJOR WANDA GOUNDREY : was a piper with the Scarborough Pipe Band and the 25 Toronto Service Battalion Pipes and Drums when I was Pipe Major of both bands. Wanda was from Huntington, Quebec and eventually returned to that area and started a sheep and Maple Syrup farm. Wanda took over the local band called the Elgin and District Pipe Band. She also became one of the Pipe Majors of one of the several Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Pipe Band located across the country. In the case the “C” Division out of Montreal. Wanda and I still keep in touch. I recall one time when the 25 Toronto Service Battalion Pipes and Drums had finished recording a record along with local singer and accordionist Jeanette D’Souza and the author of the songs (I arrange 4 of the song to the pipes for the album) Wanda heard a track on “The Little Breath of Scotland Radio Program” and the host Denis Snowden mentioned the band was under the direction of World Famous Pipe Major Ken Bice. Well that stuck, at least Wanda always refers to me as such. She and the band got together and presented me with a T-Shirt which had that printed on it in a myriad of Colours following our win of 1st Place in the Medley by the Scarborough Pipes and Drums in about 1982 I believe. This was a great achievement for a band that had virtually fallen apart the year before during the contest. This was at the Denison Armouries Winter Indoor Contest of Non-Competing Bands. I recall Pipe Major John Wakefield, one of the Judges coming over to the band and listening to each player’s drones and watching to their fingering then sitting back down. After the contest John, my first piping instructor said, I don’t know how I had achieved that level of playing with a band that was rebuilt over that past year. Anyway, Wanda was indeed one of the pipers that helped the band achieve that goal. This tune was composed in 1990.
Pipe Major Wanda Goundrey
PAGE 22a - RSM STEPHEN BONNER’S FAREWELL TO THE TORONTO SCOTTISH: was a member of the Toronto Scottish Regiment for 33 years. On his regiment as the RSM, I composed this tune in his honour and presented it to him on the occasion of his retirement Dinner on October 5th, 2013. The evening following RSM CWO Stephen Bonner CD’s change of RSM parade for the Regiment on October 15th, 2013, I played this tune as he entered the various messes to say his farewell’s to the members of the regiment. It was composed on October 3rd, 2013

PAGE 22b – THE RAMESES SHRINE PIPE BAND: was a Pipe Band in the Toronto area that was part of the North American Shriner’s Organization. This band stared in 1978 and I was asked to assist in establishing the band. A piper from the Clan MacFarlane Pipe Band of St. Catharines and the Dundas Pipe Band, Bob Hilbert started the band in 1978. I began assisting him in early 1979. When Bob left the band I became the Pipe Major and serviced 3 times as their Pipe Major over the years. I was actually Pipe Major of the Scarborough Pipe Band, The 25 Toronto Service Battalion Pipes and Drums and The Rameses Shrine Pipes Band and the Kilwinning Lodge Pipe Bands at the same time at one point in my career. Fortunately Kilwinning Lodge’s band did not hold practices we simply go together and performed what we all knew. They were not a great band but the fellows in the band did like to enjoy themselves. After one of the band practices, I found myself once again writing out a tune on a make shift manuscript. So indeed I named the tune after the Band. This tune was composed in 1980.
Toronto's Ramses' Shriner's Pipe Band CNE Warrior Day Parade Piper Jan Jansen front and centre
PAGE 23 – ST. ANDREWS COLLEGE PIPES AND DRUMS: is a Pipe Band which is part of St. Andrews College a Private Boys Junior and Middle School located in Aurora Ontario. The School began in Toronto 1899. In 1905 a Cadet Corps was established and an association with the 48th Highlanders of Canada was formed. In 1915 (100 years ago at the time tune was composed and this book compiled) the Cadet Corps established a Pipe Band with the assistance of Pipe Major James R. Fraser of the 48th Highlanders of Canada. I have heard this band in the last few years and find that the tuition they received from Pipe Major Jim McGillivray the schools piping instructor and others including the current Pipe Major of the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipe Major MWO Iain Lang CD has provided the band with goods skills, playing ability and good sound and tone. I composed this tune honour the band in their 100th years in February 2015. I moved to Aurora in 1979 and lived in a subdivision which was located just across and south of the School’s entrance.
March 2017 Celtic Concert - Aurora, Ontario
PAGE 24 – THE REGIMENTAL PIPES AND DRUMS OF THE TORONTO SCOTTISH REGIMENT: this tune composed to recognize the Regimental Band of the Toronto Scottish just prior to my retired from my position as Pipe Major. The band came into existence in 1921 when the old 75th C.E.F. Battalion from the First World War was re-established after the war as The Toronto Scottish Regiment. The band has been active in many aspects of the Canadian Forces with the Toronto Area and in private functions ever since its establishment. They won the Grade 2 Champion Supreme in Ontario in 1978. This was the band I started with as a Boy Piper in 1961 and eventually returned to, to complete my Military piping carer as their Pipe Major. The tune was composed in September 2014.
Toronto Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums August 2013 CNE Warriors Day Parade
PAGE 25a – THE SCARBOROUGH PIPE BAND: is a tune which I composed when I was Pipe Major of the band in the 1980’s. The band was established in 1959 and in 1989 I composed this tune to recognize their 30th Anniversary and well as some of the achievements the band had made since their collapse as a band following a completion at the Denison Armoury annual band competition. From about April that year until September we started to attract some players, including Rod Parnell, Wanda Goundrey, Andy Mowatt and a few others. One of the original piper asked me if we could compete again at the Denison Armoury competition. I said, only if they worked hard for the next five-six months. They did just that, never missing a practice rain, shine, sleet or snow. We practice added an extra Saturday morning practice. I told them we were going to play a medley unlike the medley’s the other the bands were play (basically march music). We played a medley starting with a march, a Strathspey, a reel, slow air, jigs and a retreat to end the medley. We won the medley competition hands down. From that point on, the other bands began to play those types of medleys at competition. The band then entered the regular completion circuit here in Ontario and started to win at the Grade 4 level and then moved up to Grade 3. This tune was composed in 1989.
PAGE 25b – THE TINKER’S TREK: was another tune written after a band practice on makeshift manuscript paper. After playing it for member of the band (The Scarborough Pipe Band), they said it sounded like a Trek March, and we had a Piper in the band named Cam Tinkess, and they said call it “The Tinkess Trek”, but some felt Cam was a bit of a Tinker when it came to some of his methods of learning music and some of playing style (actually he wasn’t’ a bad piper, just had a habit of tinkering around with tunes on the pipes) so I decided to called it “The Tinker’s Trek” after Cam’s fun way of playing some tunes. The band had already dubbed him “The Tinker” earlier on in his days with the band. Cam was a very supportive member of the band, always there when needed. I did follow up with a tune I titled Cam Tinkess in 1986. This tune was composed in 1984.

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PAGE 26a – THE TORONTO SERVICE BATTALION PIPES AND DRUMS: came into being in late 1969 early 1970. The Canadian Forces has eliminated a number of regiments and bands in the 1964-1965 era under the Minister of Defence Paul Hellyer. This included some eventually the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Canadian Black Watch) regular forces and some Militia units such as the Irish Regiment of Canada located in Toronto. When the government decided to amalgamate various units such as the clerical, transport, medical corps. Military police and other support units into a Service Battalion. Several were established across Canada and Toronto’s unit became the 25th Toronto Service Battalion. They needed a band and called upon members of the former Irish Regiment of Canada Pipes and Drums and a number of former members formed the new band. They included Pipe Major Bill Service their First Pipe Major, Pipe Major Eddie Hanna McClure who was their second Pipe Major and a few other pipers such as Kennedy (Ken) Maxwell a Sargent with the band. I was the 3rd Pipe Major of the Band. During my years with the band we grew in numbers and entered into the regular competition circuit in Ontario at the Grade 4 level winning a number of the contest. The band today continues to compete on the Ontario circuit. The title of this tune I dropped the number designation as it may change from time to time. Today the regiment is part of the 4th Canadian Division and the 32 Canadian Brigade and was renumbers as 32 Toronto Service Battalion I composed this tune in 1985.
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PAGE 26b – PIPE MAJOR EDDIE HANNA MCCLURE CD: was a tune I composed in honour of the retiring Pipe Major when I took over the appointment as Pipe Major of the 25 Toronto Service Battalion Pipes and Drums. I issued the tune to the band so they could learn it without a title. When Pipe Major McClure retired from the parade square on the evening of the change of Pipe Major, he came to me afterwards and said he knew we were learning the tune as a band but didn’t realize it was specially written for him. Eddie was a great guy and a typical Irishman. I recall a number of occasions with Eddie. He had this trick of lighting a cigarette and then flipping it up and catching it in his mouth. One time when I had the band competing at the Cambridge Highland Games, Eddie was standing next to me in the circle. It was one of those days when pipes were signing, hardly any tuning was required, just some fine tuning of the drones. I recall when playing our medley I looked over at Eddie and saw a burning cigarette in his ear. I thought, I hope we finish this medley before the cigarette burns his ear otherwise our performance that day would likely not be well done. Well as you would have it, we finished the medley and Eddie dropped his hands to his side along with rest of us, then automatically lifted it up to his ear, took hold of the cigarette and had a few puffs. Then he stamped it out and we march out of the circle and off the field. Just one of my memories of Eddie. I also recall another time that when the band was involved in the Richmond Hill Tattoo which was held annually in Richmond Hill. There were always several bands involved and that particular year the Scarborough Pipes and Drums, the Richmond Hill Pipes and Drums and Branch 66 Royal Canadian Legion Pipes and Drums were teamed up as second group to enter the arena. The first group was made up of Newmarket Pipe Band, The Peel Regional Police Pipe Band and the newly formed York Regional Police Pipe Band. During the entrances both groups were to play the same music entering the arena. In the first half it was ok, the tunes selected the members of the group I was Pipe Major of were already playing the tunes in the band. However, for the second half entrance, the tune selected, a number of members of all three of the bands in the second group had not played before. However, it was expected they would still play the tune. During the rehearsal, the first group sounded good going in as they all knew that tune. The second group sounded a bit thin and a few bloopers were coming through. Following the rehearsal the Pipe Major of Branch 66 Royal Canadian Legions Pipes and Drums, Alex Thompson came over to me and said. Since they selected a relative new tune for the second entrance and his band was not playing that tune and nor was most of Richmond Hill and my own band Scarborough, why not enter with something we all knew. He suggested play Pipe Major Eddie Hanna McClure. I thought about it and said, well, why not. They didn’t actually have a program of the musical content listed, so let’s just do it and not tell anyone. Well, the look on the faces of the members of the first group was that of a big surprise. When group two entered playing Pipe Major McClure we sounded better than any other performance we put on as a group or as a combined massed band. It does help if everyone knows the tune. I did receive a number of requests for the music as well as from other bands at various highland games as we used to use this tune to play off the field (as the Toronto Service Battalion Pipes and Drums) if we had won the contest that day. The tune was composed in September 1981and first played in public on May 4th, 1982 at the change of Pipe Majors parade for the Toronto Service Battalion.
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PAGE 27 – TORONTO JOCKS: well there are the Cockney Jocks (The London Scottish a British Army Territorial Regiment from London, England) so why not Toronto Jocks as we have two Canadian Armed Forces Reserve units with Scottish Heritage, the 48th Highlanders of Canada and the Toronto Scottish Regiment who is a sister regiment of the London Scottish . I thought it would be appropriate to create a tune called “Toronto Jocks”. I suppose I could have named the tune “Canadian Jocks or Canuck Jocks”, but I decided on Toronto Jocks”. I served as Piper with the 48th and as a boy piper then Pipe Major of the Toronto Scottish. This tune was composed in October 2014.
Toronto Jocks - Regimental Bands- 48th Highlanders P&D and Toronto Scottish Regiment P&D - Battle of York Parade c. April 2012
Toronto Jocks-48th Higlanders and Toronto Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums - Battle of York Parade University Aveneu Toronto c. April 2014
Toronto Jocks-48th Highlanders of Canada and Toronto Scottish Regiment at the RCMI Military Concert - Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto, Ontario - c. October 2013
Toronto Jocks - 48th Highlanders of Canada and Toronto Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums - RMCI Military Concert - Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto, Ontario c. October 2013
PAGE 28 – WARRANT OFFICER DONALD (DON) PRINGLE CD: was a piper with both the Toronto Scottish Regiment and the 48th Highlanders of Canada for most of his many years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces. I am not sure how many years but I know he had been piping for some time with Toronto Scottish when I started with them in 1961 as a Boy Piper and he retired from the 48th Highlanders, in September 2014. Don is also a member of Kilwinning Lodge and is a member of the Kilwinning Lodge Pipe Band as well. I have also had great respect for Don a true gentlemen and dedicated members of the Piping Fraternity. This tune was composed in November 2014.
Warrant Officer Don Pringle-48th Highlanders of Canada c. February 9, 2009
PAGE 29 – DUNDALK: is the most recent composition prior to printing the book. This was composed on March 28, 2015. Dundalk is named after Dundalk, Ontario, my family’s home town. As mentioned in my Bio, I was born as Kenneth Bryan Agnew, in Markdale, Ontario to the Agnew family of Dundalk, Ontario. I was subsequently adopted a few months later by the Bice family of Mimico. Dundalk, is named after Dundalk, in the Province of Leinster, County Louth Ireland. My great great Grandfather James Agnew was born in Northern Ireland and immigrated to Canada when he was six years old in 1830. His future wife Jessie Fleming immigrated to Canada with her parents Alexander Fleming and Jean Stewart family in May 1843 arriving in Ontario in mid-June 1843. The Fleming’s are well known in the Kilsyth and Owen Sound area as Alexander Fleming built the first Church and first School House in the area and my great great grandmother Jessie Fleming was the first school teacher at the new school. My great great grandfather James Agnew was the first Agnew to settle in Derby Township and Kilsyth, Ontario areas and the family, my grandfather later purchased a farm in Dundalk, Ontario. Dundalk is the highest elevation in Ontario and is situated north of Shelburne and South of Flesherton. My mother was born in Dundalk and raised on the family farm. Thought I was born in Markdale, a couple of towns north, Dundalk was the home town of my family.
Welcome to Dundalk, Ontario the Highest Elevation in Ontario, found the municipality of Southgate in Grey County.
Sky view of Dundlak, Ontario
Mural on towntown building in Dundalk, Ontario
Close up of Mutal in downtwon Dundalk, Ontario
PAGE 30a – CHORLEY PARK (Government House Ontario:) is the last of 4 residences used by the Lt. Governor of Ontario, last used in 1937. As a former Piper to several Lt. Governors of Ontario when I was Pipe Major of the 25 Toronto Service Battalion Pipes and Drums, I had the honour of serving while the Honourable Pauline McGibbon, The Honourable John Black Aird and the Honourable Lincoln Alexander were in office and over the years I have been called upon to pipe for more recent Lt. Governor’s up to an including The Honourable David C. Onley. My first piping instructor Pipe Major CWO John Wakefield MMM CD was the last piper for the Lt. Governor of Ontario for the Honourable David C. Onley. I thought this 6/4 March would be a useful tune for pipers to possibly use when playing for the Lt. Governor of Ontario as they enter a room or event, just prior to playing the Vice-Regal Salute, however since then, I have composed a 2 Part 4/4 March titled “The Lt. Governor’s March” which could be used by any piper escorting any Lt. Governor into a function. Chorley Park was composed August 2014.

Chorley Park - the Last Government House of Ontario - resident of the Lt. Governor's of Ontario
Chorley Park (Government House Ontario) last official residence of the Lt. Governor's of Ontario
PAGE 30b - THE HONOURABLE DAVID C. ONLEY OOnt KStJ: was one of the Lt. Governor’s that I had the opportunity from time to time to play for over the years. I found him to be most genuine and a very personable individual. Both he and his wife, Ruth Ann wrote words for a song which was sung using the tune Highland Cathedral and it was titled “We are the People of the Maple Leaf. I composed this tune to honour David who was the 28th Lt. Governor of Ontario. The tune was composed in August 2014.

Ontario Lieutenant Governor official photo - David Onley
David Onley - Hon. Col. of the Queens York Rangers - former Lt. Gov. of Ontario
PAGE 31a - THE BATTLE OF MOUNT SORREL (No Man’s Land): is a 3/4 Retreat I wrote for two reasons. The first was to recognize this particular battle from WWI in the Ypres area of France that both regiments which I serviced with (The 48th Highlanders of Canada and The Toronto Scottish Regiment) witch have as one of their battle honours and the second to recognize the location where Major General Malcom Smith Mercer CB a commanding officer of the Queens Own Rifles of Canada and during WWI was a commander with the 1st Canadian Brigade 3rd Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces (C.E.F.). He was killed in action in No Man’s Land during this battle when out on reconnaissance with another officer (who was wounded). Major General Mercer was and is still the highest ranking Canadian Army officer killed in action on June 3, 1916. I was a member and Past Master of General Mercer Lodge No. 548 in the Toronto West area. This lodge was named after Major General Mercer when it was established in 1919 following the war. This tune was composed in October 2013 at the same time I was composing another tune RSM Stephen Bonner’s Farewell to the Toronto Scottish Regiment.
Painting of the Battle of Mount Sorell
Major-General Malcom Smith Mercer - highest ranking officer of the Canadian Forces killed in action at the Battle of Mount Sorrel.
Major-General Malcom Smith Mercer's Grave
PAGE 31a – LEAVING APELDOORN: is another 3/4 Retreat which I composed to recognize the town in the Netherlands (Holland) that was liberated in May 1945 by one of the regiments I have been a member of the 48th Highlanders of Canada. This tune is in recognition of the regiment’s efforts and their leaving Apeldoorn and Holland and heading to the front that was now in Germany. I composed this tune in December 2014.
48th Highlanders Pipes and Drums Leading Retreat Ceremony past Queen Wihelmina's Place - Apeldoorn, Netherlands WWII
Various Canadian Troops leaving Apeldoorn, Netherlands WWII
PAGE 32 - THE HEROES OF ST. JULIAN: is one of two 9/8 Retreat Marches I composed and did not have names for. I decided to give this tune and the other tune name Heroes of the towns were battles were fought by one of the regiments I was a member of, the 48th Highlanders of Canada. St. Julian is one of their battle honours and the battled is often referred to as “The Death Mill of Stecnakker”. This was a small village where the 48th Highlanders saw action and refers to the fact there was a Windmill in the area which the regiment used as advance headquarters. The battle took place on April 24th, 1915. I composed this tune in January 2015.

Canadian War Memorial - St. Julien, Belgium WWI
St. Julien - some of the destruction during WWI
PAGE 32b – THE HEROES OF ST. FESTUBER: was the second 9/8 Retreat March that I composed that did not have a title. Again, as with the other tune “The Heroes of St. Julian” I chose to name it after the areas where one of the regiments that I was a member of, the 48th Highlanders of Canada saw actions during WWI and received a Battle Honour. This battled took play in May 1915 and when finally concluded in May 25, 1915 both the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) and the 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders) of the 1st Canadian Brigade and 3rd Canadian Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces had taken their objectives. Those objectives that these two Battalions had secured became the Front Line for the British and Canadian Forces up until then end of WWI in 1918. I composed this tune in January 2015.

Poster of the Heroes of St. Julien and St. Festubert
Ontario War Memorial - St Festubert - one of several war memorials for various battle sites during "Ypres".
Another view of Ontario War Memorial at St. Festubert
Village of St. Festubert - some of the destruction during WWI
PAGE 33 – PIPE MAJOR CWO JOHN WAKEFIELD MMM CD was my first piping instructor. John was a piper with the 48th Highlanders and also the Toronto Scottish Regiment, where he was Pipe Major of their band and was at the helm in 1978 when the Band Won the Grade 2 Champion Supreme in Ontario. John later played with the Toronto and District Caledonia Pipe Band a Grade 1 Band in Ontario. I have known John for many years and have a great respect for him both as a piper and friend. I composed this as a 12/8 tempo march primarily because I recall John being one of the first Pipe Majors to have their band play a 12/8 March, that being Glasgow Week in Hamburg. So, I though a12/8 March would be appropriate. It was composed October 2014.
Pipe Major John Wakefield during term as Piper for the Lt. Governor of Ontario
Pipe Major John Wakefield - during term as Official Piper for the Lt. Governor of Ontario
Official change of Pipe Majors of the Toronto Scottish Regiment form Pipe Major Gregor Murdoch on the right to Pipe Major John Wakefield on the left. c. 1962
Pipe Majors of the London Scottish on the left and Pipe Major John Wakefield of the Toronto Scottish on the right - playing for the Queen Mother in Toronto c. 1962 shortly after P/M Wakefield was appointed as P/M of the Toronto Scottish
PAGE 34a – TROOPING THE COLOUR: is a tune I composed along with another 2/4 Slow March, “The Toronto Scottish Regiment Slow March”. This tune came about because I changed part of the original tune I composed “The Toronto Scottish Regiment Slow March” as some of the phrasing didn’t seem right, but I liked it. So I used the thrown out phrasing to create this tune. I didn’t have a name in mind for this tune. The title just came to mind while I was playing if over thinking that it sounded like a tune that could be used by the pipes to play the Colours to the Lines or in front of the Monarch or their Representative at a Trooping of the Colours. Most often this is done with Brass and Reed Military Bands, but some regiments only have Pipe Bands. Tune was composed in September 2014.
Trooping the Colour - Queens Birthday Celebrations 2017
RSM (Regimental Sgt. Major) receive Colour at Queens Birthday Celebrations 2017
PAGE 34b – THE TORONTO SCOTTISH REGIMENT SLOW MARCH: this tune was composed to create a slow march that could be used as an Inspection March also. It came about because when I was Pipe Major of the regiment, the band used various slow airs for inspection marches and I recalled that when I was with the 48th Highlander of Canada Pipes and Drums we had as slow march called “The 48th Highlanders of Canada Slow March” which we used for inspections. So, I felt the other Scottish regiment in Toronto could use something similar and thus this tune was created in September 2014. (Note: see PAGE 34a Trooping of the Colour for how that tune came into being based on my composing this tune).
Photo Picture of Toronto Scottish Regiment Officer
Toronto Scottish Regiment being Inspected by H.R.H. Prince Phillip at Trooping of the Colours c. 2009
Toronto Scottish Regiment Parading Colours
PAGE 35a – RETURNING HOME: is one of two 5/4 Tempo tunes I have composed. This one was originally composed as a march, but the rhythm and gate of the tune at march tempo seemed a bit awkward. So I slowed the tempo down and it worked well as a slow air. The tune’s title was selected after I changed the tune from a march to a slow air. I felt is it had a melancholy sound and might give one the imagination of someone returning home from the war or a long trip. Also, I thought it might be a nice tune to play for a funeral when someone was being interned or played out to the hearse. Possibly used for ramp ceremonies, a new terminology when the body of solider is returned to his homeland from a foreign conflict and place on and taken off the aircraft. I composed this tune in February 2015.
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PAGE 35b - KATIE MacGREGOR: was the Great Aunt of my wife Margaret. I met Katie a number of times and she was a wonder wee lady. I had composed this tune to honour her on the occasion of one of her birthday celebrations, and I played it for her and the others in attendance on that occasion. Unfortunately she passed away shortly after her birthday and I attended her funeral service and played the pipes for the funeral and once again played this tune at end of the committal service as she was lowered into the grave. I composed this tune on September 1976.
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PAGE 36a – MAGGIE’S PRAYER: is a tune I composed and was looking for a title for it, when my wife Margaret (Maggie) heard me playing the tune and said it sounded like hymn. I often attributed the name of this tune to a Prayer, because I am sure my wife’s concept as well as something I wondered about, was sometimes I thought my wife often prayed that I would stop playing my practice chanter when composing, adapting and arranging tunes in my office/den. I think it must have drove her crazy sometimes, after the repeating phrases to get them right, etc. So, Maggie’s Prayer it is.
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PAGE 36b – THE PIPING PADRE’S PRAYER: when I had finished this tune it sounded a bit like a hymn, so I thought the title should reflect something along those lines, but couldn’t come up with a title. So finally I called it “The Piping Padre’s Prayer”. The word “Prayer” would represent that fact the tune is like a hymn. The term “The Piping Padre’ comes from a term that someone once said to me a number of years ago, when I was both Officiating and Piping for a Wedding. I recall the wedding I was officiating was one for two members of the Military. The term Padre is often used as a title for a Chaplain in a British or Canadian Forces unit. So the handle “The Piping Padre” was born as I am a member of the clergy, I have been and still work as a chaplain and I am also a piper. I composed this tune during a difficult time in our family’s life when my wife’s mother was taken ill. I actually composed this without the use of my practice chanter, simply using my mind and makeshift practice change (a pencil) to see if the movements were smooth. I composed the music while sitting with my mother-in-law in the Intensive Care Unit of South Lake Regional Care Hospital in Newmarket, Ontario. I recall it was on Friday, December 23rd, 2011. I was actually amazed that it needed very little work when I finally played it the next morning on my practice chanter, before I headed back to the hospital on December 24th. I wrote the tune out on Bagpipe Music Writer on December 25th before heading out to the hospital that day and it was completed. So the official date of the composition for this tune was December 25th, 2011 – Christmas Day, a Sunday. No wonder it turned out to sound like a hymn.
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PAGE 37a – AN DILEAS GU BRATH BHALS (The Faithful Forever Waltz): one of several waltz’s I composed over the years. This one was without a title but as I had composed another waltz tempo tune called “The Hodden Grey Waltz” which recognizes The Hodden Grey Tartan which is worn by both the London Scottish of London England and the Toronto Scottish Regiment of Toronto, I thought of naming this tune with something to do with the 48th Highlanders of Canada. What a better title. It is Gaelic but in English is means “The Faithful Forever Waltz”. The moto of the 48th Highlanders of Canada is “Faithful Forever. This tune was composed in January 2015.
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PAGE 37b – THE HODDEN GREY WALTZ: is a tune I composed to honour the men and women who have worn or still wear the Hodden Grey. This would be for those current and former as well as future members of the London Scottish which is a British Territorial Army Regiment which is now called “The London Scottish Company” and is part of the “London Regiment” and those of the Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s Own). Both regiments wear the Hodden Grey Tartan as their uniforms. The tune was composed in September 2014.
Sgt. Piper with the London Scottish - Painting wearing the Hodden Grey Tartan - only to regiments wear this tartan - The London Scottish and The Toronto Scottish
Both the London and Toronto Scottish Regiments Pipes and Drums wearing the Hodden Grey - c. 2006
Photo of Officer wearing Hodden Grey Mess Kit with Gordon Tartan Trews on the left and Pipe Major Doug Swann and Cpl. Billy Boulet of the Toronto Scottish Regiment in full dress Hodden Grey uniforms.
PAGE 38 – THE MARITIME SCOTIA WATLZ: is a waltz I wrote a number of years ago. The title was chosen because the tunes have a bit of a Down East (as we say here in Canada when referring to the Maritime Provinces) sound. The tune was composed when I was Pipe Major of the 25 Toronto Service Battalion Pipes and Drums. I composed this tune when the band was representing the Canadian Forces at the Memorial Day Celebrations at Fort Drum in Watertown New York State, in May 1984. I had a bit of time on my hands while sitting around the US Military barracks where we were bedding down for the weekend and this was the result of time to spare, with a practice chanter and a scrap of paper and pencil.
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PAGE 39 – LOCHNAW CASTLE is a four part Strathspey I composed and I named it after the ancestral home of the “AGNEW CLAN”. As I was born as Kenneth Bryan Agnew, but subsequently adopted by the “Bice” family of Mimico, I felt this would be a good title for this Strathspey based on my part of my heritage. Lochnaw Castle is located five miles from the town of Stranraer, in Dumfries and Galloway, and is the seat of CLAN AGNEW. AGNEW has two roots, IRISH and SCOTTISH, but primarily the name comes from the IRISH AGNEW’s of County Antrim in Northern Ireland, around Larne and Kilwaughter. Kilwaughter Castle was one name I considered for this tune, but decided on Lochnaw Castle, being the CLAN AGNEW’s seat. The AGNEW’s of LOCHNAW originally came from AGNEW’s of Northern Ireland in around 550 A.D. during an IRISH immigration of Northern Ireland into the south and west coast of Scotland settling the area around Lochnaw and north towards Sky and inwards towards Argyll and Perth by the Celtic people who came from a kingdom in Ireland which was known as Dalriada. As the Romans withdrew from Britain, these north islanders were faced with new invaders. These were the Scots from Ireland, and the Angles from Germany. It is with the Scots that we are concerned, for it is they who finally succeeded in conquering Scotland, uniting its peoples and giving them their line of kings. From these Scots we can also trace the descent of what became the Clan MacKay. This kingdom corresponded roughly with the modern County Antrim in Northern Ireland. These Irish invaders of Scotland were known as Scots and were from a long line of Irish Kings. Many Scottish surnames including Campbell, Stewart, Agnew, etc. had their origins from the Irish who immigrated to Scotland at that time. So the term Scotland lends its name to the term Scots who were Irish invaders. The Irish Agnew’s had their name anglicized to Agnew from the Irish family name in Gaelic “o’Gnihm and was also written as O’Gnive or O’Ghimn in English and which throughout some written and pronunciations became “O’Gnew” and anglisized as Agnew. The O’Ghimn’s (Irish Agnew’s) were the hereditary poets to the O’Neill’s. The Laird of Larne, an Agnew, made a trip to the Lochnaw area of Scotland and declared the Agnew’s the Hereditary Sherriff’s of the area of Galloway. In the 1600’s the head of the Scottish branch of the Agnew’s went to Scotland to purchase some land cheap (of course a Scot would do that), but as it turned out, it was in County Antrim in Northern Ireland and the land was actually owned by the Agnew’s when he purchased it. So, not so much of a bargain as he may have thought. Of course there as some English Agnew’s who came into Scotland as well and they were likely from the Norman Baron’s from the area of Agneaux in Normandy. So, AGNEW’s are a mixture of Irish and Norman heritage depending on where your roots began. In the case of my family, we descend from the O’Ghimn’s from Northern Ireland. So, possibly someday, I may compose a tune and title it Kilwaughter Castle. Lochnaw Castle still stands while Kilwaughter Castle stands but is in disrepair today. In Northern Ireland, in County Antrim in the area of the Green Hills of Antrim is a hill named after my family called “Agnew Hill”, which became the name of a 6/8 Jig I wrote and is included in BOOK TWO. This tune Lochnaw Castle was composed in June 2012.
Lochnaw Caslte - seat of Clan Agnew - Wigtownshire, Stranair, Scotland in the Galloway Distirt
Lochnaw Castle situated on Lochnaw in South West Scotland - Seat of Clan Agnew
Seat of Clan Agnew - Lochnaw Castle, Scotland
PAGE 40a – THE HORNPIPE: is a four part Strathspey I composed and some of the movements that I put into the tune reminded me of movements often used in Hornpipes. So I simply called the tune “The Hornpipe”. It was composed in June 2012 about the same time I composed “Lochnaw Castle”. A Hornpipe is both a Dance often performed by sailors and during highland dancing competitions the laddies and the lassies are often dressed in sailor outfits. It however is a PIPE (or flute) which has on one end a place to blow into the instrument, with a number of holes to make the melody and usually a horn style end, hence the name HORNPIPE or HORNED PIPE. The CHANTER of the Great Highland Bagpipe and other chanters of various other styles of bagpipes throughout the world are actually a FLUTE, but rather than simply blowing wind into the instrument to make a sound, like traditional flutes do, the FLUTE is played with a type of reed. So, the BAGPIPE CHANTER is a flute using a Cain reed for the most part, though some plastic reeds are used in practice chanters and full pipe chanters and in many of the small or fireside or parlor or kitchen pipes that have become popular today.
Hornpipe by a Sailor
Sailors Dancing a Horpipe
Cadet Sailors dancing a Hornipe
Highland Dancers dancing the Hornpipe in a competition.
London's 2012 Olympic Games Official Hornpipe Symbol

A more traditional Hornpipe being blown.


Double Hornpipe
The Highland Hornpipe

Mike Grey a great highlander bagpiper playing a HIGHLAND HORNPIPE note the Clarinet style mouth piece.
PAGE 40b – THE OLD TRESTLE BRIDG: is a two part Strathspey named after the Old Trestle Bridge located in Uxbridge, which is currently being restored by the Historical Society. I do not believe this is the bridge that may have led to part of the name of the town of “Uxbridge”. I came upon the bridge while out for a walk with my dog and I had just finished the tune, so that’s how it got its name. I composed this tune shortly after moving to Uxbridge in the fall of 2003.
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PAGE 41a – MAGGIE’S FANCY: is another two part Strathspey that I composed and named it after my wife Margaret. The reason I named it after my wife Maggie was she took a liking to the tune when she heard it, so I called it Maggie’s Fancy. This tune was composed in December 1984 when I was Pipe Major of both the Scarborough Pipe Band and the 25 Toronto Service Battalion Pipes and Drums.
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TUNE 41b – THE QUAICH CUP: is a two part round style reel which I composed after I was given a gift of a Quaich Cup by Scottish Singer after having adapting one of his songs for the pipes and played the tune on one of his albums a number of years ago. This particular Quaich Cup is also used during wedding ceremonies which I officiate should a couple wish to incorporate the Quaich Cup ceremony into the overall wedding ceremony. A Quaich cup would have been a hollowed out bowl with two or more handles at one point, but is now made of a precious metal and very ornate. Quaich is from the Gaelic cuach (cup or bowl). The ‘ch’ normally sounds like the ‘ch’ found in the word loch. However another term used and may be part of the makeup of this anglicized version of cuach is Quaff (to drink large drafts). The Scots, dialect ‘ff’ may have sounded like ‘kk’ thus Quake as the word sounds when pronounced. However, Quaff is a mispronunciation of Quaich, using the “ff’ as the literal guttural pronunciation of the ‘ch’. Composed in November 2010.
A Quaich Cup
Sean Conner the Scot with a Quaich Cup
Prince Charles imbibing from a Quaich Cup.
Not sure if Prince Charles is challenging his wife Camilla to finish the contents of the Quaich Cup, but if he is, he is true Gentleman, but not sure what Camilla's thinking.
Traditional contents of a Quaich Cup - make your best guess as to what it might be.
Well this fellow is not dressed in highland attire, he may not even be of Celtic Scot or Irish heritage, but he most certainly seems to be enjoying the contents of the Quaich Cup and definitely knows that you are suppose to finish it to the last drop if you on the receiving end of the toast.
PAGE 42 and 43 – PIPIE’S DIRK (both the regular-1st MP3 Clip and round tempo -2nd MP3 Clip version): were composed as a 4 part reel. The tempo reminded me of a few other 4 part reels, the Rejected Suitor and Thompson’s Dirk. So I was trying to come up a similar name and decided on “Pipie’s Dirk”. Most often Pipe Major wears a Dirk, as do other pipers. In a Military Regiment often a Dirk is exchanged when one Pipe Major retires and the newly appointed Pipe Major takes over. This is the case with the Toronto Scottish Regiment and the dirk in this case is the dirk worn by the Pipe Major of the Toronto Scottish Regiment. There is also an RSM’s Dirk used for the same purpose. I created both a regular styled reel in cut and held tempo and the round version at the same time. This tune could be played either way or back to back. I rather like the rounded version just as much as the standard version. This reel is part of an MSR (March, Strathspey and Reel) set titled PIPIE’S SET using the 2/4 March Pipie’s March, Strathspey Pipie’s Bonnet and Reel Pipie’s Dirk. Though not many will likely chose all three tunes to form a MSR set, they do complement each other and what would a Pipie (the affectionate term for a Pipe Major) and how would Pipie look if he were marching without his Bonnet and/or Dirk. Undressed in my opinion. I composed this tune in December 2011.
The Pipe Major's Dirk worn by the Pipe Major of the Toronto Scottish Regiment - "Pipie's Dirk"
Another photo the Toronto Scottish Regiment Pipe Major's Dirk
Old Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Dirk
Official change of Pipe Majors of the Toronto Scottish Regiment form Pipe Major Gregor Murdoch on the right to Pipe Major John Wakefield on the left. c. 1962
Pipe Majors of the London Scottish on the left and Pipe Major John Wakefield of the Toronto Scottish on the right - playing for the Queen Mother in Toronto c. 1962 shortly after P/M Wakefield was appointed as P/M of the Toronto Scottish - Note both wearing same type of dirks - London Scottish present identical style dirk to Toronto Scottish Pipes and Drums back when the band first formed in 1921
PAGE 44 – THE CLUMSY DANCER: I wrote this tune back while at a band practice. It sort of came into my head. I never actually had a name for the tune and I wanted to give it a name when I put it in this book. I played it over several times, and then it came on me. It seemed to be a reel step that if danced the dancer would likely be a bit clumsy. So we have Neil Dickie’s The Clumsy Lover as a title of an amazing tune, so I called this not so amazing tune “The Clumsy Dance”. It is not as great or amazing a tune as Neil Dickie’s but it does have sort of step down in key on the parts 3 and 4. I believe it was late November 1979 I composed the tune as most of the band did not show up due to an early major snow storm that year.
The Clumsy Dancer - about to step on his broad sword.
Champion Highland Dancer - Broad Swords
Another view of Champion Highland Dancer - Broad Swords
Old Regimental Highland Dancer DANCING the BROAD SWORDS
There's a fellow trying to DANCE the RUM O'CLOCK REEL I expect. Or else he is one CLUMSY DANCER.
PAGE 45a and 45b – THE PAST MASTER’S JEWEL (both regular cut and Held-1st MP3 Clip and rounded 2nd MP3 Clip version): is a two part reel I composed following receiving my past master’s jewel having served as the Master of Kilwinning Lodge No. 565, Toronto. It is a lively wee reel and it definitely expresses the feeling you have after serving the office of Worshipful Master of a Masonic Lodge. The joy in having been recognized for a job well done and the joy of having that weight lifted off your shoulders. Since 1996 I also served as Master of Long Branch Lodge No. 632 and The General Mercer Lodge No. 548 and received two more Past Master’s jewels and each time I felt the same joy when I turned over the office to a new Master of the Lodge. The tune was composed in February 1996.
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PAGE 46 – THE RUM O’CLOCK REEL: may need some explanation. First it is a reel written in the Calypso style. There are several Calypso style reels and tunes out there, such as “Carnival Reel, The Calypso Piper and the Coca Cola Queen”. So, now that I had achieved creating a Calypso style reel, I needed a nifty name for the tune like some of its predecessors had. What does the name mean and where did it come from. Well, I didn’t coin the phrase “Rum O’clock”. I don’t really know who did. But I am sure it came about by someone when they we in a place like Jamaica and sitting by the pool or on a beach having something with Rum in it. I recall doing just that in Florida, drinking by the pool something called “A Hurricane”. Anyway, a few fellow pipers have used this term on Facebook from time to time, so I decided it would make a good title for this tune. Jeff McCarthy a piper with the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment of Canada out of Montreal used it once or twice. But the fellow piper who brought it to my attention originally is a piper with my old regiment the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums, Peter Calleja. Thanks Peter, I couldn’t have done it without you. The tune was composed in January 2014. I must have wanted to be somewhere else other than Canada when I wrote this. I was just after the big Ice Storms and Snow Storms that year when I sat down and wrote this tune.
Well, WHAT WILL YOU HAVE MATE - Rum, Rhum or RUMMMMM. - Australian RUM BAR
It must be RUM O'clock in the square.
UH OH - The Rum O'clock Reel at the Highland Games and I thought it was a BEER Tent?
Now THAT must be the RUM O'CLOCK REEL Dance Contest in the Caribbean?
This his how your WIN the RUM O'CLOCK REEL - CONTEST - believe me, you can't miss.
PAGE 47 – THE 48th HIGHLANDERS POLKA: well it was about time to write a few polkas. I wrote four of them. There were already several well-known pipe tunes with the word Polka in the title. We had the Liberton Boys Polka (also known as Liberton Boys Pipe Band, Caubeen Trimmed with Blue (an Irish version) the song Lets have a Ceilidh, and a song also about a ship going up the Clyde). We also had “The Royal Scots and Black Watch Polkas”. There are a number of other as well. So I thought if the Royal Scots and Black Watch had polkas, why not several other regiments. So this particular five part tune I called the 48th Highlanders Polka, after my old regiment The 48th Highlanders of Canada. This tune was the 4th polka I composed and it was written in January 2015.
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PAGE 48 – THE HODDEN GREY POLKA: is the first of the four polkas I wrote to honour the men and women who have worn, still wear or may wear the Hodden Grey in the future. So it recognizes past, present and future members of the London Scottish and Toronto Scottish Regiments. It is a four part tune. This tune was composed in August 2014.
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PAGE 49 – THE LONDON SCOTTISH REGMINENTAL POLKA: this is the second of the four polkas I composed and was named in honour of the London Scottish Regiment. It is also a four part tune Composed in September 2014. As of March 15th, 2019 I have renamed this tune The London Scottish Regimental Polka, as there was a request for a copy of “The London Scottish Polka” by someone on “The Viper Piper’s” web site. When I was contacted I provided information about where to find and download a copy of this tune on my web site. Then I asked the person making the request where they heard the tune. They said it was someone on “The Viper Piper’s” web site that inquired. After I provided my information where to find my composition I was not sure where someone would have heard it other than on my web site and they could download a copy there. So I google searched for “The London Scottish Polka” and found that Dr. Bruce Thompson, a retired UK Doctor had composed a polka titled “The London Scottish Polka” and it was published on his second CD of Scottish Music. So when I listened to it, it appeared to have been composed for the bagpipes and was definitely a polka and not the same as my own. So this prompted me to change the title of my composition slightly to ensure people looking for a copy of either tune, uses a title to reflect which tune they are looking for. – K.B. Bice 15-Mar-2019
PAGE 50 – THE TORONTO SCOTTISH POLKA: is the third of the four polkas and has five parts. It was written to honour the Toronto Scottish Regiment of which was the first regiment I served with as a Boy Piper and returned to and retired from as Pipe Major. The tune was composed in December 2014.
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PAGE 51 – PIPE MAJOR HUGH MCWHINNIE CD: is a tune I composed in honour of Pipe Major McWhinnie on his passing. Hugh was Pipe Major of the 400 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force and took over as Pipe Major of the 25 Toronto Service Battalion Pipes and Drums when I left the unit. Hugh was a great piper and a real gentleman. I composed this tune in September 2013.
Pipe Major Hugh McWhinnie was Pipe Major of The 400 Squadron R.C.A.F. and 25 Toronto Service Bn Pipes and Drums
PAGE 52 – THE TORONTO SCOTTISH REGIMENT CENTENNIAL HORNPIPE: is a tune I composed to recognize the 100th Anniversary Celebration while I was Pipe Major of the regiment. They are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the 75th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Forces in September 1914 which following the end of the war the regiment was renamed The Toronto Scottish Regiment. In 2000 the title had (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s Own) added recognizing the Queen Mother as their Colonel-in-Chief. Upon her passing her Grandson Prince Charles the Prince of Wales became the Honorary Colonel-in-Chief. The regiment will be celebration the 100th anniversary for the most part in 2015. This tune was composed in July 2013.
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PAGE 53a – PIPER JAMES CLELAND RICHARDSON VC: this tune was composed after a discussion with Pipe Major Terry Cleland, Pipe Major of the 400 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force while at a meeting for the 2014 Royal Canadian Military Band Spectacular put on each October at Roy Thompson Hall. This particular show was to commemorate WWI. It was discussed that possibly we should put together one of the pipes and drums medley’s as music about Piper Richardson who was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) after being killed in action. He played his company of the 16th Battalion C.E.F. (Canadian Scottish) over the top and out of the trenches walking up and down the trenches. He then was assisting with the wounded getting them out of no man’s land back to safety. He then remembered he left his bagpipes behind and went to retrieve them. He was never seen again. His pipes were found some time later and were stored in a church in Scotland. They were identified by Pipe Major Roger McGuire of the Canadian Scottish based on the Lennox Tartan bag cover which was the tartan Piper Richardson was wearing at the time. So, we selected several tunes about the two regiments Piper Richards was with, The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and the 16th Bn Canadian Scottish which became the Canadian Scottish Regiment following WWI. So we were using the 16th BN march “Scotland is my Ain Hame”, the regimental marches of the Seaworth’s and Canadian Scottish, Piobroch of Donald Dubh and All the Blue Bonnets are over the Border. It was indicated that Piper Richardson played a couple of other tunes while walking the top of the trench. A Strathspey “Devil in the Kitchen” and the same tune in Reel Tempo along with another tune “The Reel of Tulloch”. So I thought we might want a tune to end the medley and I composed this tow part hornpipe and titled it after Piper Richardson. I retired from the Toronto Scottish as Pipe Major before the RCMI 2014 show so I am not sure they played the medley or this tune at the show, but that was the original intention. The tune was composed in June 2014. I did modify the tune several times to come up with a more playable tune and completed the final of about five versions, in August 2014.
Piper James Cleland Richardson VC - member of both the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and Canadian Scottish (C.E.F. 16th BN Canadian Scottish)
Piper James Cleland Richardson VC at Larkhill training camp - England - WWI
Statue erected in British Columbia of Piper James Cleland Richardson VC
Piper James Cleland Richardson VC - bagpipes he went to retrieve after bringing in other members of the regiment for aid from the battle field, he was never seen again - bagpipes were uncovered many years later, now resting in British Columbia
PAGE 53b – THE SHOT GLASS: is a 6/8 Jig (2 part) which I composed a number of years ago. I chose the title as the tune sounded like someone rushing to fill the shot glass and then taking it easy towards the end, in order not spill any of the contents when pouring it into a glass. The original title under consideration was THE SHOT GLASS T’IS EMPTY, but I changed it to THE SHOT GLASS. Maybe I should have stuck with the original title under consideration? The tune was composed in December 1982.
Jameson Scotch Shot Glasses
A rather Canadian looking Shot Glass with Bull Moose and Cannoe
Regimental Crest on Shot Glass
Not all are made of glass or porcelain, this one is straight to the point - a fellow or lassie looking for "A Wee Dram"
PAGE 54 – THE VICAR: is a six part 6/8 Jig which has a tempo and sound too it like what the job of a Vicar tends to be, I should know as I am a Vicar. You see a Vicar unlike a Rector in the Anglican Church tends to get paid based on what is received as offerings. A Rector is paid a salary. So the Vicars, mostly in the United Kingdom, tend to look after more than one parish and a trotting from one to another and seem to have a up and down life and tend to rush, rush a bit more and slow down some as they go about their duties. Anyway, I was looking for a title for this tune and it seemed to be a good one. This tune was composed February 2015.
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PAGE 55 – WEE GORDIE RANKIN: was a side drummer, highland dancer and bugler with the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes and Drums and I met Gordie when I joined the regiment in 1963. Gordie also did the Address to the Haggis frequently. I recall one time the Pipe Major of the band Ross Stewart called me up one Saturday and asked me if I could go to Byron Bing Legion and play for a haggis presentation on a Robbie Burns night and he said Gordie was going to be there and he would explain what we had to do. Gordie did just that. He said, see that door with the light on, just head through it and we can get to the stage from there. So I went and tuned up, came back and then we were on. I started piping “A Man’s A Man for All That” and the fellows carrying the haggis and Gordie followed me into the hall, around the floor and then into that door way with the light on. Problem. Someone had shut the door we were supposed to go into, it ended up playing the lads in to a Washroom. Yep, it was the Women’s washroom when we came back out, we got a standing ovation, someone opened the stage door for us and we finally got on stage and Gordie did his address to the haggis. Just one memory of times with Gordie. Gordie and his son James (who is a side drummer with the 48th Highlanders). Both James and his father Gordie played in the Scarborough Pipe Band in the mid 1980’s when I was Pipe Major of the Band .I chose to call it after Gordie because the tempo and lilt kind of reminded me of him. The tune was composed in 2005.
Wee Gordie Rankin at a 48th Pipes and Drums Association Wine and Cheese Social
Toronto Star Clip of Robbie Burns Night at 48th Highlanders Memorial Hall with Cpl. Gordie Rankin who would address the haggis, Cpl. Piper Ken Bice would pipe it in and Piper Jimmy Whyte one of the carriers. c. 1970's
PAGE 56 – THE FALCON AND THE UNICORN: is a six part 9/8 Slip Jig. I chose this tile to reflect the two insignias worn on the badges of the regiments I served with over the years. The Falcon comes from the 48th Highlanders of Canada badge. The founder and first commanding officer of the 48th Highlanders was Lt. Col. John I. Davidson. The Falcon was part of the Clan Davidson Badge and was adopted as part of the regiment badge. The Davidson tartan was chosen as the regimental tartan and is worn by the members of the regiment except the 48th Pipers who wear the Stewart (Stuart) of Fingask, it is not known why this tartan was changed for the pipers in about 1912 or 1913, but it is an impressive tartan). The Unicorn is used on the badge of the Toronto Scottish Regiment. It was selected as part of the badge as it was also part of the badge of one of the original regiments that formed the 75th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1914. One of the other regiments that were formed from the same unit is the Governor Generals Horse Guards of Toronto who also have a Unicorn in the cap badge. The tune reminds me of a Falcon flying about playing with a Unicorn based on the temp and sound of the tune. This tune was composed in May 2014.
The Falcon if from the Falcon contained in the badge of the 48th Highlanders of Canada and the Unicorn if from the badge of the Toronto Scottish Regiment. The composer was a member of both of these regiments and titled the jig based on the two symbols found in those two cap badges.