The Cobourg Legion Pipes and Drums are continuing their new tradition – piping the sun down. Once again this year in July and August, a lone piper will be piping at sunset on the East pier. There will be no Piper on Tuesdays as it is practice night for the band and also they don’t want to compete with the performance by the Concert Band in the Bandshell. The band decided to do this to increase Community awareness of their band in Cobourg. See the photo and video below. The first night was Monday July 2 starting about 10 minutes before sunset (at 8:57) and continuing for about 10 minutes after. Each member of the band will play four times spread through July and August. On Monday, about a dozen people gathered so the effort did get some attention.
The piper on this first night was Ross McKie – he played a number of tunes. The spectators took photos and expressed their thanks and one man asked (I think he was from Quebec) what the bag was for. Ross explained that it was to keep a steady flow of air to the pipes even when he takes a breath.
The start of the tradition in 2016 was reported on Cobourg News Blog here.