The Villages - July 2018 - 28

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Bagpipes and Drummers and Kilts, Oh My!
Kevin Selfridge ShareS hiS love of
bagpipeS with the villageS community
Story By Mark anderSon | PhotoS By Brandon atwell

kevin Selfridge,
leader of the Sounds
of Scotland club.

28

JULY 2018

Few instruments conjure the type of
vivid imagery associated with bagpipes.
Mention the iconic instrument and it is difficult not
to think of historic Scotland, where a bagpiper is leading
the battle charge across the moors or fields of heather.
For Kevin Selfridge and The Sounds of Scotland club,
that historic heritage is part of what attracts them to
the instrument.
"My father played the pipes and my mother is from
Scotland," Selfridge said. "My father is Irish and he was
the pipe major - the leader of the band - in New York
on Long Island and he was instrumental in me starting
to play."
Selfridge is not only the club leader - he is also
the instructor of the bagpipes class at the Enrichment
Academy. Both the club and class meet Thursdays at
Saddlebrook Recreation Center, and Selfridge says both
are open to anyone, regardless of skill level. All that
is required is an interest in learning and playing the
instrument.
Club members and class attendees - both newcomers and seasoned veterans alike - spend the first hour
or so of practice playing on what are called "practice
chanters." Practice chanters look and play similar to
a recorder, and the bagpiper blows air through it to
play and practice songs without assembling the full
bagpipes.
Practice chanters have the same layout as the
standard chanter on the bagpipes, making it easier -
and less grating on the ears - to learn notes and songs
before playing them on the bagpipes.
Selfridge moved to the Village of Piedmont in 2002
and soon learned there already was an established
bagpipe club, piquing his interest.
"I saw in the Rec News that they had a bagpipe
group here," Selfridge said. "I came down on a
Thursday night, and there were about six or seven
people in the group then and they weren't that good,"
he added, laughing.



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