• DRONE REEDS: Watch this video for updated information about my drone reeds:
• ARMY SCHOOL OF PIPING: There’s an interesting article on the bagpipe.news website which may be of interest. The article first appeared in the Piping Times a while ago and was written by the late Diana Henderson. Her article is a very good and succinct history of the Army School of Piping.
I enjoyed my time at the Army School. In those days it was based at Edinburgh Castle. In March 1980 I went through the Senior Pipers’ Course. I stayed at the Castle that summer and went around the games with Pipe Major Angus MacDonald. From September 1980–June 1981 I went through the Pipe Majors’ Course.
I then went back to the Castle as Senior Pipe Major from September 1993 until 2000 when we shifted to Redford Barracks on the south side of Edinburgh. I displayed all the photographs there – they’re still on display – and made the case that houses Pipe Major Willie Ross’ practice chanter.
Prior to that I was Corporal Piping Instructor at the depot at Bridge of Don from 1982 -84. Alasdair Gillies had just left but a young Gordon Walker was there. I was Pipe Major at the Depot school from 1992–93. This was after spending six years as Pipe Major of the Queen’s Own Highlanders (1986 – 92). Great days.
Highland Reeds products are designed and produced by Major (Retd) Bruce Hitchings MBE BEM. These bagpipe products are designed to make your life as a piper easier. I’m delighted that my experiences over a lifetime of playing bagpipes at the highest level have led me to develop a unique product line that allows you to enjoy your piping.
When developing Highland Reeds bagpipe products, I have one aim in mind – to give you great, steady tonal quality, every time you play.
My products are hand-assembled and set-up prior to dispatch; they arrive at your door ready to play and they are guaranteed against mechanical failure for two years.
I’m committed to quality service and my aim is to ensure that all my customers are satisfied. Please look at the videos on my website as you will find them indispensable in understanding your own tone. It gives me a sense of pride to provide you with products that will save you time and help create the sound you’ve always wanted.