Sunday, August 30, 2009
As a piper, I was once asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man who had no family or friends.
The funeral was to be held at a new cemetery in the remote countryside and this man would be the first to be laid to rest there.
As I was not familiar with the area, I became lost and being a typical man, did not ask for directions.
I finally arrived - an hour late. I saw the backhoe and the crew who were eating lunch but the hearse was nowhere in sight.
I apologized to the gravediggers for my lateness and stepped to the side of the open grave where I saw the vault lid already in place.
I assured the workers I wouldn’t hold them up for long but that this was the proper thing to do. The workers gathered around, still eating their lunch. I played my heart and soul out.
As I played, the gravediggers began to weep. I played like I'd never played before, from ‘Going Home’ and ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’ to ‘Flowers of the Forest’. I closed the session with ‘Amazing Grace’, then solemnly and quietly walked to my car.
As I opened the car door, I overheard one of the workers say to another, "I’ve never seen anything like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Johnny Forrest#405 - 7500 Granville AveRichmond, BC, V6Y 3Y6
Saturday, August 15, 2009
SFU repeats as the top Pipe Band for the sixth time. To see the Band in competition, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/Scotland/music/worlds/2009
Grade 1 Overall
1st Simon Fraser University (Canada)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
3rd St. Laurence O'Toole (Ireland)
4th Strathclyde Police (Scotland).
5th House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead (Scotland)
6th Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)
Drumming: Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Grade 1 Medley: 1st Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Drumming: House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead (Scotland)
Judges: I Wood, T. Sloane (piping); G. Craig (drumming); Joe Noble (ensemble)
Grade 1 MSR: 1st Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Drumming: 1st Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Judges: Malcolm MacKenzie, John Moles (piping); A. Steele (drumming); David Clark (ensemble)
Grade 2 (MSR)
1st Inveraray and District
3rd Mauchline and District
5th Grampian Police
6th New Westminster Police
1. Triumph Street Pipe Band qualified for the Grade 1 final but didn’t make the prize list.
2. Robert Malcolm Juveniles were 4th in their competition.
All in all, a very good day for B.C. Bands.