Clan Donald Magazine Online Edition
Pipe Major Roddy MacDonald
Appointed as Piper to the Governor of Queensland.
Malcolm McDonald, Castle Dunaverty Counsellor and Clan Donald
Commissioner for Queensland.
On the 15th March 2006 at Government
House, the Governor of Queensland appointed an exemplary musician,
Pipe Major Roddy MacDonald as ‘The Governor’s Piper’ and presented
him with her personal standard, to be flown from his bagpipes during
Her Excellency, Ms
Quentin Bryce AC, the Governor of Queensland and Sergeant Roddy
MacDonald, Pipe Major of the Queensland Police Pipes and Drums, on
the occasion of his appointment as The Governor’s Piper and the
presentation of the Governor’s personal standard.
The governor is
wearing a suit off the Queensland Tartan.
Originally from Inverness in Scotland, Roddy comes
from a famous line of pipers. His Grandfather Donald and his father
William were Pipe Majors of the 1st Battalion Highland Light
Roddy started his pipe band career with the Boys
Brigade then moved on to the Inverness British Legion, Invergordon
Distillery and British Caledonian Airways Pipe Bands.
Roddy has had outstanding success as a composer of
music with inclusions in over 50 recordings to date. In 1986 he
published the Clanranald Collection of bagpipe music and in
2003 released his debut album which has received a considerable
number of rave reviews in the international music press.
In February 2003 Roddy and his family moved from
Osaka, Japan to take up his current appointment as Pipe Major of the
Queensland Police Pipes and Drums.
He is passionate about his work within the Queensland
community and is particularly proud of the contribution the Pipes
and Drums makes to the lives of Senior Citizens, School Children and
members of the Indigenous community throughout the state
Pipe Major Sergeant
Roddy MacDonald at Government House
on the occasion of his appointment as ‘The
Playing for the Guests.
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