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Memories of the late Pipe major John T MacKenzie ( Scots Guards, 1st Batt)

by William Walker
(Cobourg,Ontario Canada)

Dear Pipe Major Robertson,

I just came across your website today, and I think it's wonderful.! I like to mention J.T MacKenzie, because he took me on when I was 60yrs old ! John passed on five years ago, but he was one of a kind. He also studied under P/M Willie Ross in Edinburgh, and was piper to the Royal Household, whilst in the army. His style was very much likes yours, and that's why I am enjoying your instruction so much. I'm 79 now and play with a great band in Cobourg, Ontario. thank you so much.


Bill Walker.

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Nov 29, 2016
Memories of the late Pipe major John T MacKenzie
by: Anonymous

Thank you Bill for your latest comment and you appreciation of what I do being similar to that of your old friend and tutor P/M John T Mackenzie, Scots Guards.
Sorry to learn of his passing. I am lucky in not having to practice much physically before making my demonstration recordings. I rely mainly on just a small two or three minutes warm up exercise or two of doubling, taorluath,or some piob' embellishments. Its a matter of mental pracice a little before commencing to record with very few re-takes - first efforts are normally the best.
Most of my recordings were made in my 70s and early 80s. Must go for now. All the best. Bill Robertson

Nov 29, 2016
JT friend and tutor
by: Correction

I had the privilege of being tutored by JT in the early 1950's in the RCAF Rockcliffe Pipe Band. Also at Rockcliffe at the time was JT's predecessor Pipe Major in the 2nd Bn Scots Guards (not 1st Bn). John led our band to its first North American Gr A (now Gr 1) championship in 1960 having challenged up from our Gr B win in Maxville, Ontario. The Gr A competitions were then in the USA. George passed in 1965..much too early. I was among the massed bands who played for JT's funeral. It was an honour to play along side these two great pipers.

Aug 29, 2015
Memories of the late Pipe major John T Mackenzie
by: Bill Robertson

Good to know Bill, and thank you.
I did not meet John Mackenzie, but was with both P/M Gabby Roe, and Bob Crabbe when our pipes drums played at certain tournaments etc.

That was great getting good tuition from John, and still playing in a band.

All the best,

Bill R

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