Sorry I wasn't more specific. I meant search the forum posts. The one I was thinking of is the second one listed here, but the first one is also interesting:
No problem, Tmai - you're not being nosy. Bagpipes are often used to herald great occassions. Graduations are no exception. The graduating class often marches to wherever the ceremony is held, and often from, afterwards. With a piper leading the procession, the effect is awesome. I remember a piper leading us for my college commencement. And that memory was strong when I decided to learn to play some years ago. I wanted to do that!
Last night was funny - it was an eighth grade moving up ceremony (I've finally discovered something louder than the bagpipe - 8th graders!)
The kids were hacking about and noisy and so cool, now that they were going on to "High School." said with attitude If I just started at the head of the line to lead them into the auditorium, the kids in the back would still be smart-assing around...so I started behind them all. I began playing a march and played the first line in place, and then marched up along their column.
They quieted immediately, and as I came up behind each kid, with a loud, but stirring volume right in their ears, they stood straighter, looked prouder. When I passed the first kid, who fell into step behind me, they were reborn with pride and purpose. It was fun!
Of course they were brats again after it was over, but by then I had my check and I didn't care!
Did another one today, but totally different. tis the season! I played for the graduation of Pediatric Residents at U. Mass. Medical Center. These guys have been busting their humps working in the Ped ward and the Ped ICU (and if you want to cry, just look at babies in bandages!) for three years. Today was their day. The Dr. in charge led me luckily! I've yet to find a hospital I can navigate without a colored line to follow! and I led the graduating residents and faculty. I've never imagined piping in a hospital before, but we started in the Ped ward with all the patients. That is, the kids in bandages. I don't know what regal march the graduates were hoping to hear, but we traversed the ward to Old MacDonald (an old Scottish farmer) and then the Itsy Bitsy Spider. The kids were all smiles!
Funerals are sad, and weddings...well, they're a pain in the ass. But special moments like these are priceless! Thanks for asking!