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  SASKATCHEWAN PIPE BAND ASSOCIATION

Individuals

Jim Carnegie

Jim farmed near Belbck, just north of Moose Jaw. He was a fine piper and example who worked quietly for young pipers in Moose Jaw. As a policeman in Edinburgh in the 1890s he had encountered a charming young lady who was taking piping lessons from the famous James Center, Although already a competent piper, Jim decided to follow her example and became a pupil of one of the world's finest piping-teachers. Near the turn of the century they married and came to Canada to take up farming. They often invited young pipers to stay a week or two on their farm for lessons. Taking lessons from Jim was like going to college for us youngsters, and we enjoyed every moment of it. As far as I know, there were no financial charges for our lessons.

Robert (Bob) Shepherd

Bob Shepherd was born December 17th, 1905. lived in Kelvington and settled in Moose Jaw after the war. He took over The Saint Andrews Boys Pipe Band upon the retirement of his brother, Bill, in the early 1950s. Bob was the original piping instructor for the Sprigs o' Heather Girls Pipe Band formed in the mid-1950s. A popular teacher and also a fine fiddler. He died January 14, 1968.

A second brother, Andrew Storrier Shepherd (Dec. 27, 1913 - Feb. 14, 1986) was also a piper, and playing in the St. Andrew's Pipe Band.

Russ McKnight, 1946-2016

Russ McKnightThe Saskatchewan Pipe Band Association lost a long-time member and friend on December 2, 2016. Russ McKnight of Moose Jaw was well known in local pipe band circles as a member of the Moose Jaw St. Andrew's Pipe Band, the White Hackle, The Clansmen Pipe Band, and the Clan Scotia Pipe Band. Russ was also responsible for organizing many community events, such as the Moose Jaw Ceilidh Indoor Competition, the Kinsmen Band Festival, the Moose Jaw Highland Games, the Moose Jaw Burns Supper and the Scottish community display at Motif.

 

 

William (Bill) Shepherd

Bill was born March 10, 1910 and came as a boy to Canada from Arbroath, Scotland, and lived in Kelvington. He served in The South Saskatchewan Regiment in World War Two, but was transferred to The Cameron Highlanders of Canada after Pipe Major Bill (Willie, Saskatchewan) MacLeod heard him playing the pipes. After the war Bill settled in Moose Jaw and was the main piping instructor for the St. Andrews Society Boys Pipe Band which was started in 1947. An excellent and popular teacher.He died December 27, 1993.

A second brother, Andrew Storrier Shepherd (Dec. 27, 1913 - Feb. 14, 1986) was also a piper, and playing in the St. Andrew's Pipe Band.

William MacDonald [1891-1992]

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William MacDonald was born April 26, 1891 in Rossal, Rogart, Sutherland, Scotland. He attended Balvraid School where he appeared in an 1898 Class photo.

William MacDonald His parents were Neil MacDonald (18?? - 1903 est) a quarrier of Pittentrail, Rogart and Christina Sutherland (1872 - 1950) of Torboll, Dornoch. They were married January 24, 1890 at West Church Manse, Inverness.

Willie MacDonald moved his young family to the Yellowgrass area, and farmed near Weyburn for many years. He was a part of the Weyburn Pipe Band, and his son Bill MacDonald also played the pipes.

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