Czechoslovakia and Scotland
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Of particular interest to listeners in Scotland is Pipe-Major William Ross , who plays the Scottish bag-pipes in this programme. He is head of the Pipe School at Edinburgh Castle, through which the finest pipers in the army pass before they can become Pipe-Majors.
Born at Glenstrathfarrar in 1879, he learned to play the pipes from his father and mother, both of whom were skilled players. At the age of seventeen he enlisted in the Scots Guards, and served in both the South African War and the Great War. He was invalided out of the service in June, 1918.
For four successive years Pipe-
Major Ross held the title of Champion Piper of Scotland, a record that entitled him to the MacDonald Shield. He was seven times winner of the Championship Gold Clasp at Inverness, and eight times winner of the Lochaber Gold Medal with six clasps. He has published a book of tunes.
Pipe music is of roughly two classes-big music, consisting of the pibroch, which might be called the piper's symphony, and little music, which consists of such pieces as marches, strathspeys, and reels.
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