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Pipe Major Gordon Rogers


     I started my Piping with Andrew Burnett in Cambuslang, where I was taught with the 150th Kirkhill Scout Group. In 1963 my family moved to Dundee and I was taken under the wing of James Grimmond as well as becoming a member of the MacKenzie Caledonian Pipe Band. I was indeed fortunate in that two members of the same band were Willie Barrie and Willie Dickson.

     It all seemed like bullying at the time, but on our way home from a contest in Aberdeen, I was too young to go into the bar of the RBL Arbroath, so sat with a piper pal in a lounge room. In walked this quiet man who simply got his pipes out and had his nightly practice. Here was the great John McDougall, a local printer, who simply set off on a musical journey of clarity, musicality….you name it. This was the moment that all the tuition suddenly made sense and I have been striving ever since to capture the same feeling.

     With the MacKenzie Caledonian, I enjoyed the hard work of the early 1960’s which led to successes at the Grade 2 Major Championships including runners-up at the Worlds in Inverness in 1966. We went one better the following year at Oban by winning.

     In 1967, in Dudhope Castle, Dundee, I started teaching pipes for the first time with a session two nights per week prior to band practice.  These lads later formed into the successful Novice and Juvenile bands of the early 1970’s.  By that time I had already joined the Police Force and was playing in their band.

     During my final years with Tayside Police, I took the opportunity of gaining my  RSPBA exams and then moved on to instruct on National Courses.  After retiring from the Police, I made good use of this instruction by taking up the post of Piping Instructor with Perth and Kinross Council

Doing my adjudicator duties at The Intercontinental Championships, Netherlands

With Inter Scaldis Pipes & Drums preparing to leave the field after a good performance

The back rank of Lathallan School whilst playing at Balmoral Castle

2008 and playing at the first parade of Carnoustie & District Pipe Band

Gordon moves on to do a tuition and coaching session on Vancouver Island BC with Courteney Pipe Band at the Canada Legion Hall