Balmoral Highlanders

Composed by Angus MacKay (Link to biography on

I am currently studying the 6 part version by Simon Fraser University Pipe Band (not sure where I got a copy, but does not seem to be freely available, so I will not post). Another 6 part version is available for purchase thru, but this requires membership. I find this source to be personally worth the expenditure and the download fees are peanuts. Pipetunes resources are also copyright protected.

See and hear performance SFU BH Seattle 2013 Balmoral Highlanders, Bogan Lochan, Pretty Marion

4 part version
Found a copy of page 27, book 1 of Ceol Sean’s Glendaruel Collection


Bagpipe Reeds

It has been a while since I ordered bagpipe reeds. I tend to protect my reeds and play them over a long period of time. When I started  playing, I was taught to  select a chanter reed with a “crow”, and how to make reed adjustments as necessary. My first instructor played strong reeds, but Jimmy McIntosh taught me that strong reeds were not necessary and he became my source for hand-made quality reeds. Alas, my box  dwindled as I’ve shared them with friends and replaced my own over the years. A few months ago, I was attempting to help a friend select an appropriate reed for his Naille chanter and at the same time, get some reeds for my McCallum. The Pipers Dojo recommended a couple for the McCallum, and I trust the voice of experience. But, not being able to blow and select (online ordering), introduces the question: what does “medium” mean from one reed maker to another?  As I explored this topic, I found a helpful post on the Selection Process for Highland Bagpipe Reeds, which I hope you will find helpful as well.