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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Scottish Festival

  • Bobbie Dye, 77, has been a piper for 38 years.


    But he said one of the thrills of his musical career has only come in the last two years as his grandson, Ryan Russell, has played with him in the City of McPherson Pipe and Drum Band.


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  • Bobbie Dye, 77, has been a piper for 38 years.
    But he said one of the thrills of his musical career has only come in the last two years as his grandson, Ryan Russell, has played with him in the City of McPherson Pipe and Drum Band.
    “It is something that I have looked forward to since he was born,” Dye said. “He sees it as a challenge. We’re a team.”
    Russell, who along with his grandfather are from Assaria, is the youngest member of the band. He is a drummer who also plays with his school band.
    Both grandfather and grandson played in the 25-member band on Saturday and Sunday at the Scottish Festival at Lakeside Park in McPherson as the festival celebrated the year of the pipe and drum.
    Russell said he was encouraged to join the band by his grandfather.
    “It just seemed a fit for me,” he said. “ I play in my junior high band.”
    Russell said playing in the pipe and drum band brings him closer to his heritage. His ancestors were a part of the Davidson clan.
    He said his friends are jealous of his position in the band, and why not, he said it is fun.
    “What isn’t there to like?” he said. “It’s fun. I don’t know how to explain it.”
    The apple does not fall far from the tree.
    Dye calls his relationship with pipes an addiction.
    “I enjoy the challenge,” Dye said. “ I am a glutton for punishment. I enjoy the people I meet along the way. They inspire me.”
    Dye is one of the original three founding members of the McPherson Pipe and Drum Band, which was formed in 1980. He said he was inspired to play by his Scottish heritage.
    Dye has played all over the region and has played in every Scottish Festival since its inception.
    Dye said he is pleased to be a part of he McPherson band and the Scottish Festival, which are important parts of city’s heritage and culture.
    “If McPherson did not sponsor the festival, people would not recognize McPherson,” he said
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