John D. Burgess
|John Davie Burgess|
11 March 1934|
29 June 2005 (aged 71)|
The family moved to Edinburgh when the elder John took up a lecturing position at the Veterinary School. John D. was educated Edinburgh Academy, and tutored by Pipe major Willie Ross of the Army School of Bagpipe Music and Highland Drumming at Edinburgh Castle. He did not play in the school band, for fear that it would damage his technique.
In 1950 he became the youngest ever winner of the Gold Medals for piobaireachd at both the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban and the Northern Meeting in Inverness, at the age of 16. He initially intended to pursue piping as a hobby, and pursue a career training horses, but he went on a tour of Canada and the United States with Willie Ross in 1952. Burgess was persuaded by Brigadier Alistair MacLean at the Castle to join the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders as a piper, and spent three years there, reaching the rank of corporal. His choice of regiment did not please Ross, who wanted him to join the Scots Guards.
Between 1962 and 1965, he was pipe major of the 4th/5th Battalion Cameron Highlanders TA Pipe Band. He then moved to Invergordon in 1966, and played with the Invergordon Distillery Pipe Band for two years, until it was disbanded in 1967.
John D. Burgess made several recordings.
- King of Highland Pipers
- Art of the Bagpipe
- Ceol Mor agus Ceol Beag
- Art of the Highland Bagpipe Vol. 1
- Art of the Highland Bagpipe Vol. 2
- Art of the Highland Bagpipe Vol. 3
- King of the Highland Pipers
- Piping Centre 1996 Vol. 2
- Piping at the Edinburgh Academy
- John D. - A One Off
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