This is the latest set to be reeded up this week after the games. They’re going to Illinois, where my dad was born and grew up on a farm in the Great Depression. No I’m not that old but yes he was when he had me at 60. Actually they’re going to Chicago where he worked for Western Union as a bicycle courier and before he moved to Texas in 1936 to play trombone with a swing band. When I was 12, back before playing the bagpipes was cool, I lied to my church youth group about what instrument I played and told them I played the trombone. I got a nice lesson in not lying when, ten minutes later someone referred to my trombone playing and I didn’t know what they were talking about, confessing at last to playing the bagpipes.
I digress…this set is made from blackwood and cocobolo and is going to Chicago this week.
The next set is going to be the same combination of woods, hence the title of the post, and is going to Vermont where I’m teaching Border pipes next month and then coming back through West Virginia to play at St. Peter’s Lutheran in Sheperdstown. There are still a few spaces left at the Pipers Gathering so get your registrations in! http://www.pipersgathering.org