The pipes are calling

The pipes are calling

Enigmatic instrument brings players together
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Pipe Major Jerry Crawford practices his bagpipe during a rehearsal for the Westwind Pipes & Drums on Tuesday in his physics classroom at Fort Lewis College. The pipe major is the bandleader.
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The Westwind Pipes & Drums practices weekly at Fort Lewis College to prepare to play at events and parades. On Tuesday, they are, from far left, co-founder and Pipe Major Emeritus Jim Lynch, Pipe Major Jerry Crawford and Jeannine Dobbins. Laurie Robison, who has her back to the camera, wouldn’t move to Durango until she was sure there was a pipe band here.
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Jerry Crawford, right, pipe major for Westwind Pipes & Drums, marches during the 2010 Veterans Day Parade. Behind him are Marilyn Leftwich and Rusty Chamberlain. The band’s uniforms are in the tartan of McNeil of Barra, in honor of band member Lloyd McNeil. “Besides, they’re good colors,” Crawford said.
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Jeannine Dobbins, whose Celtic roots go back to her grandmother, who was a Colquhoun, began playing the bagpipe eight years ago. Here, at practice with Westwind Pipes & Drums on Tuesday at Fort Lewis College, she’s playing the pipe her husband gave her for their 25th wedding anniversary.
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To learn more about the Westwind Pipe Band or to book the band for performances, call band manager and president Marilyn Leftwich at 259-4143.
The band’s next workshops will be March 19-20. Guest instructors will be Dixie Ingram, former...

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