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There are certain
things about the
bagpipe movements and
music that just stir my
national spirit.

troops on the battlefield.
He became the leader of the
For Selfridge and The Sounds
club a few years later and he still
- Kevin Selfridge
of Scotland, it is an honor to play
leads the club today - sharing his
at veterans' events and memorial services around The
passion for the bagpipes with anyone interested enough
Villages. The pipers play songs associated with military
to join the club or class.
history and cultural folklore - and yes, "Amazing
After everyone is warmed up on the practice
Grace" often is included in their repertoire.
chanters, group members assemble their bagpipes and
"Playing the bagpipes is very haunting," Selfridge
stand in a circle around the room. Selfridge makes his
said. "There are a lot of tunes you play that draw feelings
way to each person individually, checking to make sure
out of you. There's lively music that you can play and
everyone is in tune and ready to move on to playing
then there's 'Amazing Grace' and that type of music."
songs with the drummers.
National heritage and a love of the bagpipes - and
"I still prefer playing the livelier stuff, but the fingers
all of the folklore and legends that come with it -
don't move as quickly as they used to," Selfridge said
keep Selfridge and the rest of the club coming back to
with a chuckle.
practice every week.
With origins dating back to medieval times and
It is easy to tell when he and the rest of the club
earlier, the bagpipes have long been associated with
are playing at an event. Just listen for the unwavering
battle tunes, marches and folklore. It is not uncommon
sound of folk tunes and battle marches wafting
to see bagpipers playing in a military parade, at a
through the Central Florida air.
memorial service or at a funeral - where "Amazing
"I enjoy playing, I like the music and I like to listen
Grace" is a frequent request.
to the music," Selfridge said. "There are certain things
According to many historical accounts, bagpipers
about the bagpipe movements and music that just stir
participated in World War I - leading the charge out
my national spirit."
of the trenches for British, French and even Canadian

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