Doug Will's Bagpipe Music Page
Page updated June 25, 2011
with new contributions from Robyn McCombe
and Kyle Campbell
This page is dedicated to my old pipe-major, Douglas Will, who selflessly donated his time, effort and resources to tutoring countless students of the Highland Bagpipes, in Winnipeg Manitoba, between the 1960's and 1970's.
I've collected scans of all his hand-written (and copied
hand-written) music and arrangements that I can find - in order to share with
others this work.
I hope some of his other former students will shares scans of their copies of his music - so we can all improve our repertoire's.
|I'm afraid I don't know
too much about Doug's history.
I know he used to keep Tuesday nights open at his house in Winnipeg, and invited students to individual tutoring sessions in his dining room. His wife Margaret would prepare the strangest "kool-aid" type concoctions for their guests while they waited their turn with the master. He was remarkably patient considering he was retired when I knew him, and was beginning to show his years.
I also joined Doug in the ANAVET 60 Pipe Band between 1972 and 1974 - even playing in the January 1, 1974 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena California, with the Winnipeg Massed Pipes and Drums. as well a many small town parade functions in Manitoba, North Dakota and Minnesota. Almost always ending a Legion of VFW tavern.
Doug used to hand-write all his own music - sometimes arranging the pieces himself. As one of his many students - I was given many pieces to learn. Scans of what remains in my collection are hosted below. He must of spent 100's of hours doing all this transcribing - in the days before cheap photo-copiers.
And he did all this without any charge. Just for the love of the
instrument and his desire to see us all enjoy the music as he did.
It is my wish that some of his other former students will
share their memories of Doug with me - to post on this page for posterity.
And maybe even some of their music or pictures from the era. If you have anything you'd like to share - please e-mail me at jrwestonnet@Hotmail.com.
Margaret Will at one of the Winnipeg R.S.C.D.S. functions in 1972.
That's Doug and myself at the Burn's Supper function in 1970 - I believe.
Doug's Hand-written Bagpipe Music
John Weston's Collection
1. After The Battle.jpg or "Battles O'er"
2. Angus MacKinnon.jpg
3. Angus MacLean's Farewell To Oban.tif.jpg The best possible quality copy from the original. Completely faded now with age, and unreadable.
4. Auchmountain's Bonnie Glen.jpg
5. Banjo Breakdown.jpg
6. Black Bear.jpg
7. Bonnie Dundee.jpg
8. Braes O'Mar (Wilt Thou Go To Barracks Johnnie).jpg
9. Bugle Horn.jpg
10. Campbell's farewell To Redcastle.jpg
11. Corn Rigs (4th Part).jpg
12. Dark Island.jpg
13. Dear Old Donegal.jpg
14.De'il Among The Tailors.jpg
15.De'il Among The Tailors 2.jpg
16. Drew's Lilt.jpg
17. Dunotter Castle.jpg
18. Far O'er The Sea.jpg
19. Farewell To The Creeks.jpg
20. Green Hills Of Tyroll.jpg
21. Heights of Dargai.jpg
22. High Road To Linton.jpg
23. Highland Fling.jpg
24. Hills Of Caithness.jpg
25. Itasca Who Comes.jpg
26. Jack's A Lad.jpg
27. Jacky Tar.jpg
28. Jenny's Bawbee.jpg
29. Kate Dalrymple.jpg
30. Lady Madelina Sinclair.jpg
31. Loch Rannoch.jpg
34. Louden's Bonnie Woods & Braes.jpg
35. Mairi Bhan (Mary's Wedding).jpg
36. Major E.K. Carter.jpg
37. Marquis Of Huntley's Highland Fling.jpg
38. Midlothian Pipe Band.jpg
39. Minstrel Boy.jpg
40. Morag Of Dunvegan.jpg
41. My Home 'Mo Dhachiadh'.jpg
42. O' Rowan Tree.jpg
43. O'er The Bows To Baulindalloch.jpg
44. Piobreachd Of Donald Dhu.jpg
45. Piper 'O Drummond's Rant part 1.jpg
46. Piper 'O Drummond's Rant part 2.jpg
47. Piper's Cave.jpg
49. Quaker's Wife.jpg
50. Redcastle & Sweet Maid.jpg combination of Campbell's Farewell to Redcastle and Sweet Maid Of Glendaurel
51. Samuel The Weaver.jpg
52. Sandy Stewart.jpg
53. Scars of Cruden.jpg
54. Skye Boat Song & Harmony.jpg
55. Skye Boat Song & Harmony 2.jpg
56. Skye Boat Song.jpg
57. Sweet Maid Of Glenduruel.jpg
58. Tail Toddle.jpg
59. Village Maid part 1.jpg
60. Village Maid part 2.jpg
61. Wedding of John Bhan's Sister.jpg
Although not a scan of hand-written music - Doug wrote and arranged at my request. I've since lost the original - but re-transcribed it from memory in PiobMaster. Its the famous snake-charmer's music we always associate with the far east. A particular favourite of the locals here in Kuwait. Doug had originally called it the "Kootchy-Koo Dance".
62. Snake Charmer (Kootchy Koo Dance).jpg
1973 newspaper clipping of Doug and Margaret Will with Bob and Frances Fraser
1. Duke of Roxburgh's Farewell
2. Lady Dorothea Stuart Murry's Wedding March (Version 1)
3. Lady Dorothea Stuart Murry's Wedding March (Version 2)
4. Lillie Long-Wade's Welcome To Inverness
5. Loch Duich
6. MacDougall's Favorite
7. Major Usher
8. Major C.M. Usher OBE
10. The Highland Polka
Circa 1970 - Lord Selkirk Boy Scout Band, and Robyn McCombe indicated.
1. Kantara to Flarish
2. The Rossshire Vollunteers pt 1
3. The Rossshire Vollunteers pt 2
4. John MacFayden of Melfort pt 1
5. John MacFayden pt 2 & Bonnie Ann pt 1
6. Bonnie Ann pt 2
7. The Shepherds Crook
8. The Rejected Suitor
9. The Highland Wedding pt 1
10. The Highland Wedding pt 2 & Maggie Cameron
11. unknown (cont) & The Eight Men of Moidart
12. Cork Hill
13. Paddy's Leather Breeches
14. Abercairney Highlanders pt 1
15. Abercairney Highlanders pt 2
16. Lord Alexander Kennedy pt 1
17. Lord Alexander Kennedy pt 2
18. Lord Alexander Kennedy pt 3 & The Australian Ladies
19. unknown & Donald MacLean's Farewell to Oban pt 1
20. Donald MacLean's Farewell to Oban pt 2
Some links to other web sites that mention Doug:
Lord Selkirk Boy Scout Pipe Band
Heather Belles Ladies Pipe band History
Care to include your collection? Just e-mail me the scans to jrwestonnet@Hotmail.com
I'm particularly interested in locating some of Doug's music that I foolishly lent out to friends and acquantances 30 years ago - including:
Sean Truibhas (Sword Dance)
any other dance music, such as the hornpipes and jigs Doug had arranged
John Weston 23 Jalan Girdle, Fraser's Hill, 49000, Pahang, Malaysia jrwestonnet@Hotmail.com