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Date: Tuesday, 7th August 2018
Contributor: Kevin Reilly - HQ

Pipe Major Linden (Dixie) Ingram Retirement




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Here we have a name that has always been closely associated with the Scots Guards Regiments. Linden, or as most people know him Dixie served in both the 1st & 2nd Battalions Scots Guards in a career spanning 40 years.

During this time Dixie demonstrated his musical leadership when he led the Guards Depot Piping School to the Grade Three Grand slam of Championships in 1984. As P/M he also led the 2nd Battalion to Grade One a promotion that was very unusual for a unit tasked with full time soldiering.

Dixie also had a spell playing with the Grade One British Caledonian Airways Pipe Band.

For many years he also passed on his knowledge by teaching piping in many of the top independent schools.

Not only did Dixie play and compete with Bands but he also performed on the Solo piping circuit, it is said that this is where Dixie picked up his love for the traditional March Strathspey & Reel playing.

Dixie has been an RSPBA Adjudicator for many years where he was well liked by the bands for his open and frank critiques. He was also well respected amongst his RSPBA colleagues who always looked forward to adjudicating alongside him.

Many thanks from your fellow adjudicators and all your friends in The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, enjoy your retirement.

Retirement! Dixie competed at the Scottish Championship last Saturday helping the band to take a 4th place in Grade 3b. Well done.

Kevin Reilly
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