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On 13 March 1996, a man walked into the Dunblane (Scotland) Primary School armed with several guns. He fired his weapons 109 times murdering sixteen children and one adult before killing himself.

In the first hours after news of the tragedy came to light, a beautiful tribute was scored by Charlie Glendinning. Charlie spent nearly thirty years as Pipe Sergeant of the City of Washington Pipe Band (a.k.a. Denny and Dunipace, a.k.a. Scottish and Irish Imports). He scored many tunes which can be found in the Glendinning Collection of Bagpipe Music — which can be purchased @http://www.moonstarmusic.com/book.html

This is a retransmission of a recent but undated photo of the class of Dunblane Primary School, and their teacher, Gwenne Mayor, 45, from which 16 children and Mayor were killed when gunman Thomas Hamilton, 43, opened fire with four handguns in Dunblane, Scotland, Mach 13, 1996.


The bells of Dunblane cathedral rang a long tribute to the victims. Pipe Major Robert Mathieson also composed a slow air for the Highland Bagpipes in memoriam of the event. He entitled it “The Bells of Dunblane” because the silence of the people and the sound of the cathedral bells seemed much stronger than any spoken word. 

Wake and District proudly plays Charlie’s air as part of our G3 ‘Protect and Serve’ medley. Dunblane, by Charlie Glendinning – one of many‪ #‎TunesWePlay‬

Below is a recording of DUNBLANE
from the City of Washington Pipe Band
recording Scottish Rant.  
Purchase your copy on AMAZON here.

Purchase your copy of CoW Scottish Rant on AMAZON here.



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