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July 14, 2011

Bagpipes Converging on Scotland County for Sunday Concert

Scotland County was officially organized in 1841, and by most accounts was named after surveyor S. Carnegy's homeland of Scotland. Local music enthusiasts will get a chance to return to those roots when the Nauvoo Pageant Bagpipe Band will perform at the Memphis Theatre on Sunday, July 17th.

The free concert will get underway at 6 p.m.

The group comes together annually as part of the annual Nauvoo Pageant, which got underway July 5th in Nauvoo, IL, and runs through July 30th.

"While we are together for the pageant, we schedule performances like this throughout the area," said band director Linda Gudmundson. "Our band consists of musicians from all over the United States who come together once a year to perform for the Nauvoo Pageant with its Scottish theme."

"The pipers are from a lot of places," said R. Glenn McMinn, Nauvoo Pageant Administrator. "The towns that they are from this year includes Suwanee, GA; Las Vegas, NV,; Wildwood, MO; Cedar City, UT; Wake Forest, NC; Pearland, TX; Provo, UT; Quincy, IL; and Meridian, ID."

Pageant organizers point out that bagpipers are a significant part of the spirit, missionary efforts, and gospel message of the month-long event. The distinctive music accompanies many of the historic vignettes and the Frontier Country Fair hosted at the pageant. The instruments, most often associated with Scotland, also represent two of the major characters in the pageant: Scottish convert Becky Laird and her husband Robert.

The Memphis concert will be one of several scheduled outreach performances in surrounding communities.

"Our concert consists of a mixture of Scottish, patriotic and modern bagpipe songs," said Gudmundson. ""We like to do a little audience interaction. We hope we can make this a memorable experience for everyone."

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