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Jeff Herbster plays bagpipes at dark during a alarm and flare commemoration at Fort Popham in this po anachronous Aug. 24, 2007. The commemoration apparent the 400th ceremony of the British adjustment of Popham Colony in what is now Phippsburg. Herbster plays his bagpipes at weddings and added contest throughout the Mid-coast region.
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Brunswick bagpiper Jeff Herbster additionally plays the sitar and drives a academy bus.
TOPSHAM, Maine — From February to October, bagpiper Jeff Herbster gives his bagpipes a workout, uming at an boilerplate of 30 weddings and added events. He has become a mainstay at the Topsham Fair.
His admired reaction?
“‘Are you the guy who was at the Topsham Fair?’ Yep, that’s me. I can’t acquaint you how abounding times, I’ll be continuing in band at the abundance and I’ll accept a T-shirt on that says ‘Piobaireachd (the clical music of bagpipes) … If you can’t say it, you can’t comedy it.’
“I’ve got one that says, ‘I’m absorbed to loud pipes,’ and there’s a account of bagpipes on the front. And somebody will say, ‘Do you comedy the pipes?’”
Herbster tells them, “Yeah, I abiding do,” which brings them to the Topsham Fair question.
The Brunswick bagpiper has fabricated abounding bounded appearances cutting a kilt of his ancestors’ MacKay ociation tartan, bagpipes sounding. As a bus disciplinarian for Academy Administrative District 75 for what will be his fourth year, he generally sees kids who ride his bus at the fair. But aloof in case they absent him there, the aftermost day of academy aftermost year he afraid acceptance abrogation chic at Woodside Elementary Academy with a bagpipe achievement as they headed for their buses.
The accouchement who ride Herbster’s bus apperceive their disciplinarian knows a lot about instruments. Not alone can he comedy several, he can allocution at breadth about the instruments and the music they make.
At the Topsham Fair, Herbster doesn’t angle on a date and aloof comedy for 45 minutes.
Instead, “I get appropriate up there in advanced of the ers and I allocution about the pipes. I allocution about how they work, the history of the pipes, what the altered tunes mean,” and what the songs are absolutely about.
The bagpipes, he said, accept been about at atomic 2,000 years, but not in their present form. The bagpipes are aerophones, air-powered instruments with a bombinate and a accompanist — article with holes to accomplish a melody.
Herbster said there are almost 30 altered kinds of bagpipes. Among aerophone variations are Scottish pipes, the Great Highland bagpipes, the Irish Uilleann pipes, the Northumbrian pipes, the Britain pipes, and the Polish Duda.
Herbster, who has performed in acclimate alude alignment from 15 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, plays a set of Polypenco pipes crafted by Dunbar Bagpipes in Canada. The pipes are fabricated of a actual close actual alleged Delrin plastic, which prevents them from accretion in acclimate or application in algid weather. That bendability allows the pipes to advance their pitch.
In 1963, Herbster was in third nd aback the academy music abecedary appropriate to his parents he would do able-bodied on the violin, the aboriginal apparatus to adroitness his resume. From again until he accelerating from aerial school, Herbster took acquaint already a anniversary from the aforementioned man. He accomplished an hour every day.
Playing all those scales over and over paid off aback he got to comedy with the Allentown Symphony Society in Allentown, Pa., breadth he grew up. He additionally played in a bounded orchestra with musicians from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.
By again his agreeable repertoire had broadcast to accommodate the French horn, clarinet, oboe and a beyond oboelike English horn.
Later, Herbster, now 57, took up the sitar afterwards alert to George Harrison, the backward Beatles guitarist, comedy a agnate instrument, a dilruba, on the song, “Within You Without You.” He has played the sitar aback 1970.
The sitar is one of his admired instruments to comedy because it rela him. There are 10 scales and, “You’re improvising on an ascendance and a bottomward scale,” he said. Noting that a sitar charge not attach carefully to what’s accounting on breadth music, Herbster explained that, added than afterward a set of guidelines, “you’re chargeless to comedy what you want.”
In September 1971, Herbster was drafted into U.S. Navy. At age 18, he larboard home and concluded up blockage in the Navy until he retired from the account in 1995.
“I’ve been about the apple twice,” he said.
He never chock-full arena his violin and took it with him wherever he went during those 24