I took this photo in September 2002 during our Scottish Junior Solo Piping Championship.
This is "Hell fire corner" during the Scottish Junior Solo Championships, Carnoustie, which sees most of the action during the day. The three worthies are all engaged in different jobs but are collected outside the "Final Tuning Room" for the MSR.
Frank Sheppard is a relatively new member of the Society and enjoys the challenge of playing in the Mains of Fintry Pipe Band, Dundee. In our picture he is stewarding the Piobaireachd Championship (13-16)
Johnny Norrie Johnny is a pupil of Rita Stewart (Carnoustie) and between climbing mountains, still visits Rita on her practice nights. On Championship Day, Johnny is in charge of the Chanter sections in the morning, but here he is ensuring that Pipers get to the final tuning rooms.
Pipe Major Richard Smith Richard was a late starter to Piping and only made a start to the instrument in 1981 when he was in his late 20's. Much of his very early work was self taught, but he soon sought out tuition from a local Dundee instructor.
In 1985, he moved on to Gordon Rogers to further his tuition. Richard was one of the first pipers to arrived on the doorstep of the Practical Pipers. But he was quickly followed by others. Since that time, Richard and Gordon have helped out some enthusiastic youngsters in the newly started Auchterhouse Juvenile Pipe Band.
His thought was to receive tuition and coaching from Gordon and Valerie Rogers in their own practice rooms in Broughty Ferry, Dundee. Richard was to become one of the founder members of the Society.
Check out the archives for more of Richard and the Mains of Fintry Pipe Band.