National Geographic : 1935 Aug
© National Geographic Society Photograph byMaynard Uwen Williams WHAT BUT A BAND OF PIPERS CAN SILENCE 2,000 AUTO HORNS? Among the most popular features of the Highland Games is the music of the bagpipe. Individual pipers attain wide fame. Stirring marches, mean ingless to strangers, cause Scottish ears to tingle. Massed pipe bands weave a descriptive musical fabricofattack, conflict, and death, ending with a lament such as "Flowers o' the Forest," in memory of Flodden Field. The Highland bagpipe is an epitome ofgeography, forAustralian sheepskin, African blackwood and ivory, Spanish reeds, Swiss ribbons, and Scottish tartans compose a single instrument.