Scott’s the Scot who’s been playing Bagpipes at Cove to Clover for last 4 years

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Scott Lumsden is a 4th generation Bagpiper who's played at Burien's Cove to Clover for the last four years. Click image to see larger version.

Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer

While you were struggling to catch your breath as you ascended Snake Hill during Sunday’s Cove to Clover run, you may have heard the sweet sounds of a bagpipe playing.

What you may not have realized is that the man playing it was struggling to breathe too – but that’s all in a day’s work for Scott Lumsden, who’s been playing his pipes at C2C since it started some four years ago.

Lumsden is a fourth-generation Scotsman, and has been playing his instrument for 37 years.

His Father was born just outside Edinburgh in Scotland.

Lumsden drives up from the Tacoma area for this fundraiser event every year, where he serves as Pipe Major/Vice President of the Tacoma Scots Pipe Band.

“It’s just a hobby, but I love it,” he told me as we waited for runners to show up. “My Dad played it, as did my Uncle and two cousins.”

If you’ve ever wondered how to play the bagpipes, here’s an instructional video – just be aware that it’s not as easy as it looks:

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2 Responses to “Scott’s the Scot who’s been playing Bagpipes at Cove to Clover for last 4 years”
  1. raquel davis says:

    That was some sweet bagpipe playing. Thanks Scott!

  2. tim says:

    definitely appreciated that after that hill. since there was no around me at the top, i needed some spiritual guidance. Enter bagpipes!

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