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December 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Last month's survey results:
Which Christmas tunes do you like to play on your bagpipes?
Deck the Halls 10.3%
Joy to the World 13.8%
Jingle Bells 31%
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 10.3%
We Wish You a Merry Christmas 13.8%
Other 51.7% (Including Good King Wencedlaus, Green Sleeves, Auld Lang Syne, and more)

This month's Survey Question:
If you could choose one Piping Related item to find in your stocking or under your Christmas Tree, what would it be? Answer the Question

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SPPD in Glasgow 2007

Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums

Hugh Fraser Sr. contributed greatly to the piping community in Saskatchewan, starting the Saskatoon Girls Pipe Band in 1956 and the Saskatoon Police Pipes and Drums in 1961. He also gave his time generously as an instructor for the 96th Highlanders. His countless hours of instruction and assistance to students and bands have ensured that a great many people in Saskatchewan enjoy playing the same music that Hugh loved so much.

The SPPD took the 2006 Grade 3 Saskatchewan Provincial Championship, The band did not compete in 2007 or 2008. The SPPD current pipe major is Rob Kinnaird.

If you would like to see your pipe band featured in one of our newsletters, send us an email with a band photo and a short write up about the band. Feel free to offer some tips or advice that has proven useful to your band. Include any links or videos that you would like us to post.

Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums Website
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Piping Santa

We will be closed from Dec 24- Jan 4.
We will re-open January 5th.

2009 is the year of Scotland Homecoming

Jan 24- Saskatoon Robbie Burns Night

February 21 Winnipeg Scottish Festival

Video Clip
This month's video clip would take a lot of talent in not only piping, but also snowboarding!
Snowboarding Piper

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Robert the Bruce

7 Things You Never Knew About Scotland

1) Robert the Bruce attributed the defeat of Edward II in 1314 to the relic of St. Fillan, which he carried into battle.
2) King James II banned golf in 1457 because it distracted people from archery.
3) King Malcolm organized a foot race in the 11th century to find a royal messenger. This is the possible origin of Highland Games.
4) Scots initially refused to eat potatoes because they weren't mentioned in the bible.
5) King James IV was the last Scottish king who spoke Gaelic.
6) Mary Queen of Scots had a pet Skye Terrier while she was imprisoned. During her execution, it hid in her skirt & refused to leave her body.
7) The best selling soft drink in Scotland was developed in 1901. It even outsells Coca Cola.

What is The Number one Soft Drink in Scotland?


Rauncie Kinnaird
Kinnaird Bagpipes
Phone: 306-249-2939