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On behalf of the members of the Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums – we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the McKee family on the loss of their family patriarch – “Big Dave”.

daveHistory tells us the bagpipe was played as early as the ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Today it is unquestionably recognized as an Irish and Scottish tradition. For Dave McKee, Sr bagpiping was an institution he knew had to be preserved.  For generations Mr. McKee brought people into his home to teach them so that someday (and if they were good enough) they too would play in a band; and perhaps start their own.  For generations of McKee’s the Stockyard Kilty band is the fabric of their family.

Our Pipe Major grew up surrounded by the cacophony of the whales of drones and beatings of the drums which took place every Tuesday evening in Beverly; it was always a sight and sound to behold.  Dave LOVED the music; if you asked him he would tell you “it is the greatest music in the world”.

The McKee family lost their patriarch and the bagpipe community lost a man who was the essence of bagpiping in bonnie Chicago. History will never forget Dave McKee.

If you listen closely you can still hear him – “oh there’s POWER, POWER, wondering working power”.

The tradition of power and presence continues; now and forever.



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