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Practical Pipers Web Site

We were a small Society formed in 1986 in the Broughty Castle Masonic Rooms in Broughty Ferry, Dundee.

     From our very earliest days, we only had the founding member of Gordon and Valerie Rogers. Within days we added the names of Richard Smith (Mains of Fintry Pipe Band), John Ogilvie (Dundee Police), Colin Rusk (Blairgowrie, Rattray & District).

     Our picture below even includes Graeme Beattie (ex Bucksburn) on Bass, with Ronald Hastie (Huntly & Port Soy) electing to play, on this occasion, his first instrument, Side Drum.

     Through time, a large number of pipers and learners have been part of our Society and these included, Neil Myles, Alistair Robertson, Allan Young, Gordon Barton, Gregor Colville, Rob Hooganhout (Holland), Ronald Hastie, Harry Beattie, Gordon Bruce, Scott Phillips, Frank Sheppard, Val Smernicki, Johnny Norrie, Jamie McDonald, Ross McDonald, Tom Watson, Jason Bedford, Dennis Arnott, and many more.

     Now you might ask, “What did they get from it?”  Mainly, fellowship, but we always added tuition, encouragement, advice and lots of fun.  

1997 The Society came together as a band to celebrate the 200th birthday of Carnoustie town

    Although The Practical Pipers Society stopped actually meeting in December 2014, this site has remained the news vehicle of Society, still based in Carnoustie, Scotland.

     During the time that the site has been running, it has become a venue of interest for Pipers and Drummers not only from around the Dundee, Perth and Angus area, but from much farther afield, and we have input from around the world including Canada and Australia.

     For this reason I have included photos of people, bands, old and new from around the Dundee, Perth and Angus area, and have even been able to link in with locals who have travelled far and wide.

     You can help to identify people and places, simply sit down and have a go. You will find your ammunition in the "Archives".



Breaking News Click for Updated  29th September 2018

L to R.  Gordon Rogers,  Richard Smith,  Neil Myles,  Alistair Robertson, Allan Young,  Valerie Rogers,  Graeme Beattie & Ronald Hastie

Here is a gallery of some members, past and present, involved in their favourite activity or just hanging out!

Tom Watson & Jason Bedford in the uniform of Lathallan School

Gordon Rogers at the first parade of Carnoustie & District

Pipe Major Richard Smith in his Mains of Fintry uniform

Ross McDonald was a wedding guest, but could not resist borrowing the official piper’s instrument

The late Valerie Rogers in the uniform of the old Aberbrothock Pipe Band

Pipe Major Rob Hoogenhout receiving the winners price for Grade 4, Intercontinental Championships

Society members playing at the first parade of Carnoustie & District 2008

L to R.  Gordon Rogers, Jason Bedford, Andrew Christie, Tom Watson (behind Tom is Jamie McDonald) and Pipe Major Scott Phillips

Jamie McDonald competing at Pitlochry Highland Games

Three members doing the stewarding for the Scottish Junior Solo Championships

Quite a recent photo taken at Milltown of Rothiemay as the dinamic duo were preparing to take part in the solo drumming at Huntly 2015

Ronald Hastie   &   Gordon Rogers