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Pipe Major
Roger W. Ross
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Profession
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Philosophy
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Associations
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Piper to...
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Resume
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An Introduction
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Photo Archive
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Pipe Major (Associate)
William O. Clark
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Profession
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Philosophy
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Associations
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Resume
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An Introduction
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Photo Archive
Pipe Major (Associate, Ret'd)
John L. Taylor
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Profession
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Philosophy
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Associations
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Resume
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An Introduction
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Photo Archive
Concerning
Pipes Major (Associate)
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The Selkirk Celts welcome selected, experienced players from other bands!  They may even remain somewhat active with their previous, or other bands.
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On occasion, one of these may indeed be a Pipe Major.  On acceptance of membership in our band, they become a Pipe Major Associate.
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Associates are not assigned inherent administrative or management responsibilities.
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They may situationally serve the Pipe Major as advisors or perhaps be assigned to specific management, training, mentoring or public relations duties, and as command substitutes in performance.
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When appearing alone, they may surely wear whatever they possess in the way of the uniform and insignia of Pipe Major.
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When appearing with the band, they will wear four silver bars on band-issued shoulder boards over the epaulettes of white shirts, and silver chevrons on band-issued tunics, gold being reserved for the Pipe Major.
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Pipe Major Roger W. Ross
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Principal Instructor of Piping; Grades II-V
Principal Instructor of Percussion
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Consortium Administrator and
Director of Music & Program
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The Badge of
Clan Ross
Spem Successus Alit
"Success Nourishes Hope"

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Summer, 1984
P/M of the Lilac City Scots-Irish P. B.
After a wedding, outside Spokane's First Presbyterian Church
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P/M Ross performs his own arrangements of classical or traditional Celtic wedding repertoire, hymns and processional music at over two dozen weddings and religious services per year, often with the stirring accompaniment of other professional musicians on large pipe organs and brass instruments.
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Most of the region's larger Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and a few Evangelical churches, indeed the Jewish Temple Beth Shalom have been brought to full vigor by this rich, scintillating musical combination.
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Profession:1
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PSYCHIATRIC NURSE
PIPER
SAILING SKIPPER / INSTRUCTOR
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Philosophy:1
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The Clan Ross Motto:
Spem Successus Alit -- "Success Nourishes Hope"
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One must slow down enough to help others win,
but not to be brought to a halt oneself.
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Association Memberships:1
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Deputy Commissioner for Eastern Washington
CLAN ROSS ASSOCIATION of the United States
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B.C. PIPERS' ASSOCIATION
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The FRIENDLY SONS of St. PATRICK, Spokane
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The SPOKANE SCOTTISH (St. Andrew's) SOCIETY
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The WELSH ST. DAVID'S SOCIETY of the Inland Empire
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Associate, The DAVID THOMPSON PARTY of the NORTHWEST BRIGADE
of AMERICAN MOUNTAIN MEN (AMM)
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Photo courtesy Sarah Night Bear
Cottage Grove, Oregon
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July, 1997
Journey Past -- A Living History
St. Paul's Mission at Kettle Falls on the Columbia River
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Members of the Northwest Brigade of the American Mountain Men (AMM) and P/M Ross (standing, playing pipes in green bateau) reenact the arrival in 1823 of Hudson's Bay Co. Governor Stevenson, with his personal piper.
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Piper to:1 (Click to see list.)
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Photo courtesy David Bunch, M.D.
Spokane
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Piper-in-Residence
The Cathedral of St. John
The Evangelist
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November, 1996
Opening of Annual Christmas Bazaar
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Resume:1
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Founder & Pipe Major of the Selkirk Celts
 15 March, 1996
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Coach of the Competition Piping Unit & Drum Major
The ANGUS SCOTT PIPE BAND, Spokane, 
December, 1994 - March, 1996
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Founder & Pipe Major
The LILAC CITY SCOTS-IRISH, Spokane, 1982-1993
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Pipe Major
The SHADLE PARK HIGHLANDERS PIPE BAND, Spokane, 1981-1982
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Private Instructor
in Northeastern Washington,
Northern Idaho and Northwestern Montana,
since 1981
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Grades II & I Solo Competitor
Placing among the top three in:
a.} March, Strathspey & Reel;  b.} Slow Air;
c.} Jig & Hornpipe;  d.} Piobaireachd; e.} 6/8 March
-- at various Western Washington and Oregon games,
1969-72
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Professional Solo Piper
in Seattle, Portland, Northeastern Washington, Northern Idaho,
Northwestern Montana,
Southeastern British Columbia and Southwestern Alberta,
since 1968
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Piper
in the original SHADLE PARK HIGHLANDERS PIPE BAND, Spokane, 1959-1962
Pipe-Sergeant
1962-1963
Student throughout, of Pipe Major Wm. E. Thomas
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An Introduction...1
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Born into a family of several accomplished and active musicians, Roger began lessons on three instruments at six years of age: His mother, Shirley, taught piano and violin; and drum lessons were provided by his professional drummer father, Wilmont. Later piano instruction came from Mrs. Ernest Mathieu, a longtime Spokane pianist/organist for silent films and area vaudeville houses. Percussion training evolved to well-known bandmaster Fred Hartley, former Director of All-City bands in Spokane. This list further developed to include other percussion instruments, the string bass and the organ.

By the age of fifteen, Roger had organized five annual, school-wide talent shows; had been the principal percussionist in four all-city bands and one school band; had been third-chair string bass in the Spokane Junior Symphony; and had played organ for four years for two LDS church congregations' weekly services.

Upon reaching Spokane's Shadle Park High School, and after succeeding in auditions for the concert band and orchestra, the Great Highland Bagpipe was one day heard skirling down from a practice chamber in the band room. Unfortunately, the pipe band class period coincided with that of the concert band -- one could not participate in both. A further quirk of school policy prohibited participation in the orchestra or jazz and stage bands unless enrolled in the concert band.  Enquiries and much gnashing of teeth by family and friends (once proud, now confused and disappointed) nevertheless led to charter membership as a student piper in that school's new pipe band; and a new venture in four years service as a second tenor in the school's concert choir and men's double quartette.

None of that early experience has been lost, but serves well today in managing piping with other instruments, and in overall program development.  Later training at Eastern Washington University in piano and organ from Dr. James J. Edmonds, and courses in music history, theory, harmony, conducting and in the EWU Concert Choir under Dr. Ralph Manzo, have proved to be further assets.  Roger also has been a tenor under Choirmasters Charles C. Bradley, then Dr. Janet Satre Ahrend, in the choir of the (Episcopal) Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Spokane, since 1987.

Roger also serves St. John's as a Lector; as one of several preparers and servers of their monthly Senior Dinner; on their Council on Human Relations (racism, etc.); and as an Outreach Committee liaison to the East Central Food Bank, to the East Central (primary-care) Medical Clinic, to the East Central Christmas Dinner (for the poor and developmentally challenged), and to the Eastern Washington Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (EWLTCOP) (!!).  Often bored stiff with his spare time, he also serves as a board member of the Spokane Council of Ecumenical Ministries, with further participation as an occasional volunteer and on the CommunicationsCommittee (Fig Tree newspaper), and as chair of the Human Resources/Strategic Planning and the Development committees.  These pay him just the same high wages as the pipe band does -- NOTHING --(except for lessons)!  [Some noisy people insisted that this paragraph be added here!  --rwr--]

P/M Ross' patience is infinite for many things; but he gives scant quarter to those who uncooperatively spurn team attitudes or behavior (as you may read in the ATTITUDES section on the Pipes & Drums page), or for those who resist or disregard band principles and leadership. On the other hand, he has a spontaneous, wily, sometimes wry and capricious sense of humor, displaying a generous portion of compassion for and commitment to diligent, productive students and band members. He prefers the company of those who share high levels of passion for, and commitment to, whatever they do.  His instruction/rehearsal style is very impassioned, individualized, thoughtful, meticulous, gently (if you've practiced!) intense, and productive.

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rev. Feb., 2000




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Photo Archive:1
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 Top photo courtesy Marsha McGuire
Springdale, Washington
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Bottom photos courtesy Mike Blaisdell, Spokane
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Composite by Greg Simon
Colville, Washington
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July, 1999
The 53rd Annual
Pacific Northwest Highland Games
& Clan Gathering
King County Fairgrounds
Enumclaw, Washington
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1st Photo
"But -- we only came for the experience!"
Our very first quartet competition (audacious in this place of the highest standards!) in which we expected to place last out of 14, but placed 10th!
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2nd Photo
Massed bands in record numbers, twice each day thundered across the soccer fields to punctuate the opening and closing ceremonies.
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 Photos courtesy Peggy McKee
Colville, Washington
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March, 1999
TEN shows of BRIGADOON
The Woodland Theater
Kettle Falls, Washington
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1st Photo
The Gathering of the Clans for the Highland Wedding.
P/M Ross playing atop the Brig. o' Doon, upper left.
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2nd Photo
Here, P/M Ross accompanies the Highland Broadswords
at the wedding feast, later playing the Sean Triubhais
for champion dancer Christine Beyer
(left front with Argyll hose) during the funeral scene.
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 Photo courtesy Pipers Ezra Scott, who took it
& Iain Stewart, who owns the camera
Spokane
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1998 Performing Quartet, performing at
Spokane's Episcopal
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
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P/M Ross, Piper Ted S. McGregor, Sr., P/Cpl. Cedric Devaney,
and former P/Sgt. Iain R. Stewart
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Spokane
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Summer, 1998
Dedication of Wallace Hall
Meeting and Convention Facility
at Camp Cross
on Loff's Bay of Lake Coeur d'Alene
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Recently retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, and a lover of bagpipes, The Rt. Rev. Leigh Allen Wallace and wife Pat were shocked to tears to find P/M Ross springing from behind a bush as the procession began from the boat house (The Tabernacle!!) to the new building!  A quiet procession became grand, hymns were accompanied by both the pipes and a Seattle Celtic band, both of whom played at a dance afterward for the youth.
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 1st photo courtesy Idaho State Police
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Idaho State Police
Trooper Cpl. Linda Carol (Laughlin) Huff
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Thursday, 17 June, 1998
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Making a night-time exit from the Coeur d'Alene ISP District Office, Trooper Huff observed someone breaking into a staff car in the parking lot.  The individual promptly opened fire on her and she returned fire.  Having critically wounded the suspect, Trooper Huff died from ten critical bullet wounds.
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This remarkablly selfless devotion to duty leaves behind her husband, Trooper Corporal Chad Huff, sons Clinton and Zach, daughter Rena, and a deeply shaken community.
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2nd photo courtesy Jesse Tinsley
of The Spokesman-Review, Spokane
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Thursday, 17 June, 1998
Coeur d'Alene Memorial Service for
Idaho State Police
Trooper Cpl. Linda Carol (Laughlin) Huff
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We are deeply proud and privileged to be asked to participate in the services for Trooper Huff, and offer our most sincere condolences and encouragement for the future to the Huff and Laughlin families, to our ISP friends, and to our many friends in this region's law enforcement profession.
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The Colville Valley, 1800-1840
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Photos courtesy Sarah Night Bear
Cottage Grove, Oregon
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July, 1997 & '99
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Journey Past
A Living History
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Historic St. Paul's Mission
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on the Columbia River
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With bow cannon and flintlocks afire to announce the approach, a flotilla of reproduction French-Canadian bateaux, bearing members of the Northwest Brigade of the American Mountain Men (AMM) and P/M Ross (standing, playing pipes in green bateau) reenact the arrival in 1823 of Hudson's Bay Co. Governor Stevenson, with his personal piper.
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Portrait by Gregory of Spokane
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Spokane
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17 March, 1995
St. Patrick's Day Parade in Spokane
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P/M Ross serving as D/M
of Spokane's Angus Scott P.B.
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Spokane
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4 July, 1995
Independence Day Parade
in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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P/M Ross serving as D/M
of Spokane's Angus Scott P.B.
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Spokane, Washington
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Summer, 1989
Laing Farm Horse Trials
Spokane, Washington
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P/M Ross leads competitors through the stubble to the arena and their awards ceremony.  This scene has been repeated many times at various horse trials in the Spokane area, and at the regional trials in Deary, Idaho.
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May, 1981
Pipe Major of the
Shadle Park Highlanders Pipe Band
Shadle Park High School Courtyard
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A 1963 graduate of this school and it's charter pipe band, and having just been named Pipe Major of the Shadle Park Highlanders Pipe Band, (here wearing a full-dress Angus Scott P.B. uniform), P/M Ross is photographed during a video taping session for a national Public Broadcasting Service (PBS-TV) program on ethnic and cultural diversity in the Pacific Northwest.
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Pipe Major William O. Clark
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Pipe Major Clark
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Summer uniform of
The Pipes & Drums of the 1st Bn.,
112th Field Artillery, NJANG
{The Lovat Highlanders}
1980
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Uniform fashioned after the style used ca. 1882
by Highland Regts. in Egypt at the time of
the battle of Tel-El-Kabir
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Profession:2
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ENGINEERING  DRAFTSMAN
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Philosophy:2
"Honor is a man's gift that he gives to himself."
Liam Nieson, in the Film, "Rob Roy"


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Association Memberships:2
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Member of The Black Watch, (RHR) of Canada Association
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St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia
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Infantryman / Piper, Pennsylvania State Fencibles
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Resume:2
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Piper
BAGPIPERS of BROOMALL, Pennsylvania
1973-74
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Piper, Band Adjutant
Pipes & Drums of the 1st Bn., 112th Field Artillery
New Jersey Army National Guard (NJANG)
1974-78
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Pipe Major
Pipes & Drums of the 1st Bn., 112th Field Artillery, NJANG
(Newly named The Lovat Highlanders)
1978-93
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Pipe Major
Recreated the Pipes & Drums of the 5th Royal Scots of Canada
Appearing in correct period kit, ca.1897
Permission kindly granted by Lt. Col. Ian McCulloch, Black Watch (RHR) of Canada
And the Black Watch (RHR) of Canada Association
1995-99
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5th Royal Scots of Canada
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Band Photo with Pipe Major David Manson, 1898
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5th Royal Scots
{Photo Link}
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Photo Courtesy:
The Pipes & Drums of the Black Watch 
(Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
Band Members' Web Site
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Used by Permission of 
P/M (Capt., Ret'd) Andrew G. M. Kerr, C.D.
Regimental Webmaster
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An Introduction...2
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P/ M Clark, his wife and daughters have relocated here from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

In his own words:

"I believe in the quality of piping along with the quality of the uniform that is worn.

"We are a walking history lesson and therefore should wear the uniform properly and correct historically, and provide the type of piping that our ancestors would be proud of.

"I believe that one should know the history of the bagpipe and how it evolved to what we know today.

"It is also important to know how the uniform evolved and the role pipers played in Scottish history, not only in military life but also in the clan society.

"Basically, we need to know where we came from."

We couldn't agree more, and heartily welcome the Clarks into our growing family of Selkirk Celts!

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Pipe Major (Ret'd) John L. Taylor
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Profession:3


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Philosophy:3
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Resume:3
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Pipe Major
The CLAN GORDON HIGHLANDERS, Tacoma Washington
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Pipe Major
The CLAN MacLAY PIPES & DRUMS, Portland Oregon.
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An Introduction...3
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Most recently a resident of Whitefish Montana, P/M Taylor has perfomed most recently with the Montana Highlanders.

Jack and his wife, Rose Marie, have been associated with The Selkirk Celts since moving to Spokane in April, 1999, to be nearer to his son Ross and other members of his immediate family.  The onset of health issues presently limits his ability to perform with us.  But Jack & Rose Marie are always welcome among us, even if just to throw popcorn!

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