Men in Kilts

Bagpipers from several Piping bands take part in the Massed Band during the Opening Ceremonies at the CNY Scottish Games at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, New York, on Saturday, August 14, 2010.

Bagpipers from several Piping bands take part in the Massed Band during the Opening Ceremonies at the CNY Scottish Games at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, New York, on Saturday, August 14, 2010. Nikon D700/70-200VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 200mm focal length.

The Opening Ceremonies at the CNY Scottish Games featured the Massed Band where members of all the piping bands competing at the event come together and parade onto the band field. It was an amazing sight which gave me goose bumps.  I would say there was about 500 bagpipers and drummers which made up the Massed Band.

A band of this size needs a leader up to the task.  That person is called the Pipe Major.

Pipe Major leading the Massed bands parade at the CNY Scottish Games at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, New York, on Saturday, August 14, 2010.

Pipe Major leading the Massed bands parade at the CNY Scottish Games at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, New York, on Saturday, August 14, 2010. Nikon D700/70-200VR, 1/200s, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 135mm focal length

The Massed Band paraded and played for a long time much to the delight of the crowd sitting on the sloped hills overlooking the band competition field.  The Pipe Major and his Sergeants high stepping throughout the performance.

One bagpiper of hundreds who took part in the Massed bands parade at the CNY Scottish Games at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, New York, on Saturday, August 14, 2010.

One bagpiper of hundreds who took part in the Massed bands parade at the CNY Scottish Games at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, New York, on Saturday, August 14, 2010. Nikon D700/70-200VR, 1/200s, f/10, ISO 200, EV 0, 200mm focal length.

Okay, there were women in kilts, too.  I have learned from Kathy at Lake Superior Spirit, a good blog post title is worth its weight in click throughs.  Face it, a guy in a kilt is much more interesting. 🙂

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17 Responses to Men in Kilts

  1. Gerry says:

    Oh, Scott, you have no idea. Or then again, perhaps you do!

    You and the new camera are bonding very well.

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  2. milkayphoto says:

    Having fun with the new toy are we??

    All those men…all those kilts…all those in ‘commando’…shudder… 😉

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  3. Nye says:

    Your zoom lens has captured the images nicely. I’ve seen women in Kilts but I think the hairy men look more interesting. 🙂

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  4. Anna says:

    My, impressive… “…about 500 bagpipers and drummers which made up the Massed Band.” That is a lot, a lot of bagpipes and drummers going in which could raise hair upon the heads. Whew! Wonderful marching shots. 🙂

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  5. Very impressive images ! I can almost hear the “sounds of music” ;)I like the first picture very much, all the different tartans, wondering what clan they belong to. Reminds me of my stay in Scotland… where I did wear a kilt ! It was in the blue/grey shades and I loved it.

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  6. giiid says:

    Your photos are showing the festive atmosphere very well. Have you any details about the different clan pattern and the history behind? I think they look quite good in their colorful kilts. I´m more concerned about the music/noise 🙂

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  7. Kathy says:

    LOL, Scott! You are indeed VERY festive these days. Good summer isn’t it?

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  8. Great photos, looks like it was a lot of fun too

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  9. Carsten says:

    Beautiful images Scott.
    I can almost hear the incredible noise music.
    No wonder their enemies fled from the Scottish soldiers.

    Is there anything in some of the comments that needs further explanation???

    I found this: http://www.tartansauthority.com/tartan-ferret where you can search which tartran belongs to a given clan, or you can search by colors. I did not find the one on the above images.

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  10. flandrumhill says:

    Whenever I try to photograph an event, I never seem to know which subjects are most photo-worthy. Your collection of images seems to capture the essence of the activities just perfectly.

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