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By popular demand — a long sleeve black t-shirt with our skull design.  This shirt is our “instruments of war” design.  These shirts are available for the next 30 days — the fundraiser ends on Friday, 25 December 2015.  These shirts are only $20 plus $5 shipping.  Purchase online only @ www.booster.com/instruments-of-war.

The front features the iconic checkered glengarry skull with the words “PIPES and DRUMS — instruments of war since 1,000 BC“.  The back reads part of The Piper’s Lament:

Did you hear the light feet marching?
Marching down the birch-clad glen?
Did you see the piper’s streamers floating,
Floating far behind the men?
Did you hear the brave tunes ringing
As they swung the drones on high?
Did you watch the rhythm of the kilt?
Did you hear the war march die?


Why Instruments of War?  The evidence for pre-Roman era bagpipes is still uncertain but several textual and visual clues have been suggested. The Oxford History of Music says that a sculpture of bagpipes has been found on a Hittite slab at Euyuk in the Middle East, dated to 1000 BC. Several authors identify the Ancient Greek askaulos with the bagpipe.   In the 2nd century AD, Suetonius described the Roman emperor Nero as a player of the tibia utricularis.  Dio Chrysostom wrote in the 1st century of a contemporary sovereign (possibly Nero) who could play a pipe (tibia, Roman reedpipes similar to Greek aulos) with his mouth as well as by tucking a bladder beneath his armpit. It has often been suggested that the bagpipes were first brought to the British Isles during the period of Roman rule.

For hundreds of years the bagpipes were used in warfare by the British Army, from Waterloo to the Boer War the pipes went everywhere – inspiring and boosting morale.  It is now 1916, the bloodiest conflict the world has ever seen has been raging on for 2 years now, The Battle of the Somme is about to be fought, the men involved do not forsee the carnage they will witness. The plan for many companies is to be led into the attack by pipers, in the hope that it will rally the men and prepare them for fighting. The men rely on you to inspire them, they rely on you to be the first one out of the trench and to lead them into the attack. The pipers job is dangerous, no guns, no weapons, just the pipes.


Purchase online only @ www.booster.com/instruments-of-war.

 

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