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CATA Student's Family in Bagpipe Business

Taylor and her father. This photo was taken in Charleston after they competed with the Loch Norman Pipe Band.

Taylor MacLellan has been around bagpipes her entire life. Her father is from Glasgow, Scotland and makes bagpipes for a living. Their website is MacLellan Bagpipes.

On the weekends and sometimes after school, Taylor helps her father make the bagpipes by working on the metal and the lathes. Taylor has been playing the bagpipes for a year.

She recently competed in the Highland Games in Charleston, South Carolina. She won second place in the Slow March competition and placed third in March and Piobaireachd. Piobaireachd ("pee-brock") is the classical music of the great highland bagpipe.

Piobaireachd tunes are often several hundred years old, dating as far back as the 1400's. It is distinct from the other forms of Celtic music in that it is only traditionally played by a solo piper on the great highland bagpipe.

Taylor put on an impromptu performance for several students and teachers on Wednesday, Sept. 25th. Ms. Kopchick commented, “We were all thoroughly impressed with her unique musical talent. My students were blown away by her performance. It was a real treat to hear her play.”  

Written by: Kortney Kopchick, Teacher
Posted: Oct 11, 2013 by Deb Christensen

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