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The second volume, Old and New World Highland Bagpiping, builds nicely on the first.
In Old and New World Highland Bagpiping Gibson tracks the changing form and use of the musical expression, which is no small feat.
The author admits that the classical form of bagpiping may have lost some of its value as a statement of social status in some parts of Gaelic Scotland, but bagpiping remained widely popular.
He shows how late eighteenth-century bagpiping survived in this area, resisting the pressure of modernity, due to remoteness, the lack of contact with the imperial military machine, the persistence of the ear-learning method, and the conservative character of immigrant communities.
Simon McKerrell received his PhD in bagpiping on St Andrew's Day.
Simon, 25, of Glasgow, said he was "delighted" to be given the opportunity to study "ethnomusicology" and concentrate on bagpiping.
Eddie McGuire, Chairman of The West of Scotland Branch of the Musicians Union said: "The Professional Bagpiping HNC course devised by Stow College and the College of Piping, will be an extremely valuable qualification for young pipers wishing to make their career as performers on the bagpipe.
The HNC in Professional Bagpiping will run initially as a year-long full- time course, but plans to develop flexible study patterns, especially for students studying at home, are in development.
I joined the local Milngavie pipe band and helped out with children there, and studied Piobaireachd - that's classical bagpiping.
I want to teach bagpiping and win this championship - those are my two main ambitions.