J.T. MacKenzie’s devotion to highland piping remained throughout his long, active lifetime. As recently as 1999, he acted as senior Pipe Major for a Massed Bands Ceremonial March in his native Edinburgh, in support of the Madame Currie Cancer Fund. His memoirs, entitled There Was A Piper, A Scottish Piper, were published by our press in 21.
There Was A Piper, A Scottish Piper
The memoirs of John T. MacKenzie reveal a truly remarkable man: a highly respected authority on highland piping with a commitment to tradition and excellence in performance.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, John T. was a student of piping at age nine. Enlisted in the Scots Guards, he saw active service in the war zones of North Africa, participated in the Liberation of Norway and was later posted to active duty in the Malaysian jungle. John T. MacKenzie bears personal witness to the horrors and valour of warfare. Throughout, his devotion to highland piping remained, and remains, in the forefront of his life.
Appointed personal piper to the Royal Household in 1946, John T. MacKenzie has piped at numerous ceremonial events in Europe and North America. His recruitment as a Pipe Major to the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1952 brought him to Canada, and ultimately to Glengarry County, where his contributions to piping are legendary.