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The 26-year-old is a member of the City of Dunedin Pipe Band, but the lockdown restrictions mean he has not been able to access the band’s rehearsal hall, where he usually practises.
So every day, about lunchtime, he has marched out of his front door to a nearby patch of grass on the corner of Duchess Ave and Queens Dr, in Roslyn, and has done his practice there.
“I live in a four-apartment building, opposite the Town Belt.
“The way I figure it, it’s better to practise in the park than in my ground-floor apartment underneath everyone’s feet.”
“Bagpipes are very much a maintenance-required instrument.
“If you put them down for a week, you start to notice there’s a fitness component that you need to build back up. If you put them down for any longer than a week, everybody else starts to notice it.”
Much to his joy, his playing has started to attract audiences.
“Where I am is a really popular spot for walkers on Queens Dr.
“A lot of people quite often stop with their dogs or the bubbles of people that they’re walking with,’’ he said.
“I’ve been getting a few cheers and some applause, and people have been stopping to take pictures and video.”
It was quite good for his morale.
“It’s nice to see people getting some enjoyment out of it. Things like the bagpipes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so you may as well get a bit of enjoyment from sharing it around.”