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The Worst Bagpiper Ever

Faithful Macenstein Reader Way Cool III sent us this video of the bagpiper from the President Ford funeral, and we thought we would pass it along. The guy literally self-destructs.

Yes, we know it has nothing to do with Apple, so we’re posting it under “Not Mac-related”. However, odds are the guy’s last name is “Mac” something, like all pipers.

11 Responses to “The Worst Bagpiper Ever”
  1. BAGPIPER: Kevin D. Streeter, Pipe Major, Michigan State Police Pipe Corps

    That gave me such douche chills!

  2. Way Cool Jr. says:

    How did that guy land such a high-profile gig? I’m pretty sure I can do a better job.

  3. Way Cool III says:

    Kevin D. Streeter? I think not. His name is Mackie McMacmac.

  4. Wiseguy says:

    It really wasn’t that bad. I thought it was good, actually. The only issue seemed as though he wasn’t giving it enough air (or also was squeezing it too hard, letting out too much air). I assume that’s why the pause was so great — he stopped to completely fill the bag back up before continuing as he was. I can see how being nervous at such a high-profile event could easily cause that to happen.

  5. Bill says:

    Sorry Wiseguy, but Officer Streeter (not Mackie McMacmac Jr.!) did NOT belong at this event. His performance was unacceptable. The word, “good” should not be used in the same sentence with this guy. Even if his chanter reed froze (unlikely, as the temps were in the 40’s), he should have had another one warmed up, at the ready. But that’s just the tip of the iceburg. His tempo was varying, mostly too fast. “Amazing Grace” should be played between 46 – 50 beats per minute. He was clearly above 50. And his slur on D movement was obviously crushed – the high G grace note portion is missing. His center tenor drone is not in with his outside tenor – this should be obvious to you & all other readers of MacEnstein. Perhaps if he were using a cannister system (I know you’re familiar with the Ross system) with a dessicant for drying, he’d have been much better off. Please try to consider simple facts like these before posting anything piping-related on MacEnstein. Thank you. And good day to you, sir.

  6. Mick says:

    Uhmm..Wow, Thats alot about blowing the pipe..heh..

  7. Bill says:

    OK. After seeing that report, I feel bad for the guy. Guess that makes me an idiot. But I still believe his high A was screaming.

  8. Drew says:

    Wow, thats um, bad. I thought I wasn’t that good, this guy takes the cake! As for reeds freezing, I dunno how that works. I played Taps and Amazing Grace at my grandfathers funeral in St Louis MO in January with a foot of snow and more falling, and aside from my hands being dang near frozen, I had no problems playing both tunes. No reed issues. I’ve got a set of poly Dunbar P2’s with eezedrones, and an old Slagle chanter reed.

  9. 2cents says:

    His reed froze. It happens. If he were playing a hundred years ago to signal a retreat or advance on the battle field he would probably have been able to carry out the task even with the reed issue. The Great highland Pipes are not played for the enjoyment of some panty waste critics like yourselves. They are instruments of war and require great volume more than a pleasant sound to your ear.

    They now make a plastic reed which probably would have helped this poor fellow. Put yourselves in his shoes for just a minute an shove your bombastic and self congratulatory soliloquies up your ass.

  10. Chantelle says:

    You know what none of you were in his shoes.. You all can F off.. I play an I can tell what happened if you don’t play you got no say..

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