Thursday, December 18, 2008

Graduation time

As the end of the year is closing in graduation ceremonies are ubiquitous or almost everywhere. It is also the time of the year when the few bagpipers are required to play at these graduation ceremonies. Some schools such as the Mackay school require by tradition scottish bagpipers who besides one local piper are all members of the Santiago's Andes Highlanders pipeband. Other institutions use the asturian or galician pipers to fullfill the bagpiping requirement. So in the last two couple of weeks local bagpipers have been playing Auld Lang Syne, Gaudeamus Igitur and the like for graduations at primary schools, high schools and social academies where the piercing sound of the pipes is looked after to give a solemnity air to say farewell to the school year.