Who knew that Qatar has a Pipe Band?

I certainly didn't. But there they were, large as life, and marching purposefully along the Corniche, to the delight and bemusement of the crowds gathered to watch the power boat racing. They were good too, striking up in perfect synchronism and in tune (not easy on the Highland bagpipe) and backed by a very tight drum team. The power boats were quite impressive too, in their way, though I'm not sure why anyone would want to put themselves through the pain of piloting one. And for the cost of owning one, you could probably support a whole regiment of Highland bagpipers for a lifetime - surely a worthier cause!
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  1. They are all around the Gulf region, I believe Oman Pipers are seen as "la creme de la creme"!

  2. That's good to know. I wonder if any of them send their top solo pipers to the Silver Chanter competition? But that's serious, pibroach music, a far cry from the marching bands.


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