New Zealand summer school, Christchurch

The annual Christchurch summer school was another great hit this year with a smashing high enrolment of 162 in attendance.
Many congratulations to all those who took part.  The tune writing competition that 
McCallum Bagpipes sponsors was a big hit also and very keenly contested.  Jack Lee
awarded the winners their well deserved prizes. 
The famous wee McCallum towles were given away to all the other honourable mentions.
Click on the tune names below to see the successful entries.

 1st Prize

Ben Murray  Tune-Imposter Benson, hornpipe. 

Winning the McC2 chanter 




2nd Prize

Morgan Tabuteau Tune- The Piper, 2/4 march.

Winning the McCallum Full Alloy PC9 practice chanter



3rd Prize

Sue Muir Tune-Dillemic Crossing, 2/4 march. 

Winning the McCallum Full Alloy PC7 practice chanter

McCallum Pipe Chanters win 1st 2nd & 3rd

The final of the Bagad National Championship (grade 1) was held as it is every year at the Festival Interceltic of Lorient.  After this final, Bagad Kemper were crowned Champions of Brittany for the 20th time.

In this competion the three highest ranked pipes corps all played with McCallum pipe chanters.









(Bagad Kemper 2012 Champions)

Pipe Corps Results (Lorient contest)

1st          Bagad Cap Caval          2nd          Bagad Brieg          3rd          Bagad Kemper

Overall (Lorient contest)

1st          Bagad Kemper              2nd          Bagad Brieg          3rd          Bagad Cap Caval

2012 Championship

1st          Bagad Kemper              2nd          Bagad Cap Caval          3rd          Kevrenn Alre

 The McCallum Bagpipe chanter that has been so successful for the bands is called the Breton chanter which is slightly lower pitched to blend in with the bombards and the coloured buttons are inserted into the holes so that the pipers can play C natural and F natural without changing their fingering.

Red Stick Regional

Congratulations to David Corbett of Marion, Arkansas who won Piper of the Day at this EUSPBA piping competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.  It is only the 2nd time this event has been held but with a good attendance this year and everybody being so enthusiastic and having such a great day there are sure to be many more to come.

David Corbett(centre) receiving his McCallum Bagpipes Full Alloy Practice Chanter from judges John Rcknagel and Iain Macey

Below all the participants at the event plus Izmir the guide dog who helped his owner to the judges table. 

Annual pre-worlds concert

Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band
presents live in concert on the 8th August at 7.30pm at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall



Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band


Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band.  moved up the prize list to fourth place and they are also 2012 British Champions drum corps.

“The concert will be a fantastic night of entertainment, not to be missed. Ticket sales are going well, so if you are going to be here, book as soon as possible, it was a complete sell out last year.”

McCallum Bagpipes will be attending the concert and donating a set of bellows blown smallpipes for the raffle so don’t forget to buy a ticket or two.

Piping Hot Summer Drummer 2012

The first week of this years Piping Hot Summer Drummer event has been another great success, with 80 pipers taking part and having a wonderful time.  Many congratulations to the three prize winners all receiving their McCallum Prizes from Jack Lee.

Alistair Bevan


   1st Prize went to Alistair Bevan with a slow air “Hills of Silver”




Taylor Pettit



   2nd Prize went to Taylor Pettit with a jig “The Bonnie Ghillie”



Karen Campbell


  3rd Prize went to Karen Campbell with a waltz “Ali and Andrew’s Wedding”






Australian Pipe Band Assoc. Summer School 2012

Jack Lee said “The APBA summer school was again very well run.  The facilities were top-notch and we combined a lot of piobairchd, light music and pipe band instruction during the week.”

The results for the music writing competition were

1st    Morning Rush Hour by Sally-Anne Richter

2nd  Marching out St. George’s by Wey Shi Ong  

3rd  Macleod College by Adam Wishart

The winners were all delighted to be awarded McCallum chanters.








From left to right, Wey Shi Ong, Adam Wishart, Sally-Anne Richter and Jack Lee

Royal New Zealand Pipe Band Assoc. Summer School

“The annual New Zealand summer school was another big success.  There were over 200 students in attendance.  The pipers were encouraged to write original compositions and submit them to a group of adjudicators.  The 3 winning tune-writers were delighted to be awarded McCallum chanters”.

1st James Wansink with the tune ‘Wee Johnny’

2nd Mike Wellwood with the tune ‘Duncan, Ross, Malcolm and Mans’

3rd Fiona Smith with the tune ‘Aunty Jeans’ Jig’






From left to right, James Wansink, Fiona Smith, Mike Wellwood and Jack Lee


New Product (Practice chanter & goose combination)

New product from McCallum Bagpipes; Practice chanter and goose combination. 

As you can see from the photographs you can play it as a practice chanter or you can seperate the practice chanter and add it to the goose bag and play it as a goose.  It is also better value than buying the items separately.

It is available with the McCallum PC1, PC2 & PC4.  Please contact your local distributor for info.

Scotland First Minister visits Kilmarnock

Alex Salmond visited Kilmarnock this month to give the go-ahead to the procurement process for the construction of a new £50 million campus.

While there he met our very own Stuart McCallum and Allan Rorison.  Stuart is an alumni of the college and Allan got his job at McCallum Bagpipes through the Princess Trust which is based in the Kilmarnock College.


“Inspiration behind my bagpipes”

The heartfelt letter below is from one of our customers describing why she ordered a very special set of McCallum Bagpipes.  We would like to thank her for letting us share her story and the pictures.


Dear Kenny,

 I cannot thank you and Stuart enough for the great care you took in making my new set of pipes. I knew I wasn’t, but you always made me feel like your only customer. They sound every bit as beautiful as they look! Your suggestion to consider custom engraving on the larger presentation ferrule rather than on something detachable was brilliant. I’ll share with you the inspiration behind my request by way of telling you a little bit about the two young men whose names and KIA dates you affixed to the bass stock. I had never met either of them, but one had grown up in the community where my husband and I had raised our son and the other in my hometown.    

 Felix Del Greco had a strong desire to be of service to his community that was evident even as a young boy. Known as “Fee-Fee” to his friends, he was personable and gregarious, and had a great love of learning. An Eagle Scout and a loyal member of BSA Troop 76, he was a favorite cook on camp outs because of the strange but often wonderful recipes he concocted. He joined the Connecticut National Guard while still a student atSimsburyHigh Schooland began training during the summer between his junior and senior years. After graduating in 1999, he enteredNortheasternUniversity, where in recognition of his academic achievements that first year he was named the military’s Freshman Scholar of the Year. He had a goal of one day seeking the highest office in the land and no one who knew him thought it was beyond his reach.

 In early 2001, he volunteered to serve a six-month tour of duty in war-tornBosnia, earning the distinction of Soldier of the Rotation from among a multi-national force of 10,000 troops. He returned to Northeastern to continue his studies but was called up again after the fall semester. After nine months of security duty atWest Point, he came home in late 2003 and immediately volunteered for Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He was deployed to theMiddle Eastthe following January and assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry. Within days of his arrival inBaghdad, the vehicle he was riding in while on patrol struck an IED. Before backup could reach them, RPGs and small-arms fire attacked the column. On April 9, 2004, SGT Felix M. Del Greco became the first Connecticut National Guard soldier to die in Iraq.

 Steven DeLuzio was assigned to the 172nd Infantry, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team out ofJericho,Vermont. Moved by the events of September 11th, the 2003 graduate ofGlastonburyHigh Schoolhad joined the Vermont National Guard as a student atNorwichUniversity. Following months of training, he put his education on hold in January of 2006 for deployment toIraq. After his tour ended he returned home toConnecticutto finish his college degree, earned with honors from theUniversityofHartford, and begin a promising career in accounting. Once a Little League all-star himself, he helped coach his own team of Little Leaguers all the way to the Town Championship in 2009. He loved being with his fiancée, his family and friends, rooting for the Yankees and the Bruins, and making people around him laugh.

 Feeling a deep sense of responsibility for those with whom he had served, he chose to remain with them when his commitment ended and in the spring of 2010 he was deployed again, this time toAfghanistan. Within 100 miles at any given time was his older brother SGT Scott DeLuzio, who was serving with the Connecticut National Guard. On August 22, 2010, while on patrol in the mountains ofPaktikaProvincenear the border withPakistan, he and those with him were ambushed. In the opening minutes of a two-hour long firefight, SGT Steven J. DeLuzio was struck in the head and killed almost instantly. His final Facebook entry from the night before read in part, “20 days until I’m outta here…   a lot to look forward to once I get home, can’t wait.”

 Before his first deployment, SGT DeLuzio had a Crucifix inked on his shoulder and the Infantry’s creed “Follow Me” on his back. In an interview with National Public Radio shortly after his death, his parents Diane and Mark shared the story behind another of their son’s tattoos. One day while serving inIraqhis vehicle was stopped by a woman who warned him of an IED in his path. They called in the removal squad and the bomb was defused, making it possible for the soldiers to continue on their way. Returning the next day along the same route, they stopped to thank her for saving their lives but found instead the woman, her husband and children, all beheaded. The experience weighed heavily on him and so to honor her memory he had an image of her face tattooed on his arm.

 The loss of these two young men to family and friends is immeasurable, and it is for all of us as we are without the men they were becoming. SGT Del Greco and SGT DeLuzio brought out the best in those around them and they will continue to be an inspiration to others for a long time to come. I thank you both so much for the extraordinary kindness you showed while helping me find a way to honor their memory.  

 Warm regards,


Police Pipes & Drums ofWaterbury


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