On leaving the Army Charles joined the Harrods Pipe Band. After his contract came to an end he was offered to be Pipe Major within the Royal Palaces (Tower of London). On leaving the Tower of London Charles worked as music director, with the rank of major, at the Armed Forces Piping School in Qatar. He was responsible for 8 Pipe Bands and all of their training.
Competition at Grade 1, 2, 3 and 4. Successful in the solos and winning the coveted Queen Mothers Medal for Piping in The early 80’s. Band achievement includes winning the Marching and Discipline Trophy and was placed in the Worlds in Grade 4.
What made you learn?
“Charles started lessons with his father, who was an accomplished musician, playing whistles, guitars and pipes to a high standard. In those days there were no computers, phones or TVs, so in the Highlands ceilidhs most evenings were the thing of the norm. Charle’s sister was a better bagpiper to begin with so he was tasked with playing the Northumberland smallpipe of which he had great fun doing so. Charles remembers as a young boy listening to all the greats, Donald MacLeod, JD Burgess to name a few, and learned a great deal from them”
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