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Hugh Scott

fort san 67Although not a musician, Hugh was an organizer par excellence. He was the main organizer and founder of Moose Jaw's Sprigs o' Heather. In the mid 1960s I became obsessed with establishing a piping and drumming school for kids on the prairies after attending the Invermark piping school in New York State and serving as C.O. and chief instructor at the Canadian Army school at Currie Barracks in Calgary. Although I lived in Calgary at that time, Hugh was the first person I discussed this with, and he set to work organizing the first Piping and Drumming School ever held on the prairies, in Moose Jaw at Riverview Collegiate (in 1964? or 65?). Hugh also arranged a meeting with Premier Thatcher where we and Frank Connell of the Moose Jaw Lion's Junior Band convinced him to allow us to establish a Summer School For The Arts at Fort San. Primarily due to the work of Frank and Hugh, next year the summer school was set up to provide instruction in a wide variety of arts—including piping and drumming. Hugh served as the Administrator of Piping and Drumming for the first few years.


Submitted by Jim McWilliams

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.

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.

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.



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