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A Thankyou letter from the President Jimmy Carter for our participation in his inaugural parade

A Thankyou letter from the President Jimmy Carter for our participation in his inaugural parade

I was looking through some of my piping stuff and I came across this letter and I thought it would be an interesting post for my blog. I remember that this parade was my very first parade, first time in a kilt and first time in a parade with bagpipes. I had joined the Civil Air Patrol in 1976, so I could be a piper in their pipe band. I was given a Pakistani made practice chanter and was told if I could play The Rowan Tree on the chanter I would be issued a Pakistani made bagpipe and kilt and I could travel to Washington DC to march in the parade. We actually were only a parade route band and did not march the parade, we stood outside the J. Edgar Hoover building and played. I remember it was brutally cold. I also saw President Carter as he walked past us. This was the beginning of my piping career.

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