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January 1st, 2011

This video was recorded in Oct. of 1986 at Stone Mountain Highland Games Tattoo. It features Alex Duthart and the Drum Corps of the Brittish Caledonian Airways Pipe Band playing the Max Rayne Salute. Sadly, Alex passed away shortly after in New York at the Macey’s Day Thanksgiving Parade. Special thanks to Drew Fowlie of the Loch Norman Pipe Band for saving this treasure.

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25 Responses to “ALEX DUTHART 1986 MAX RAYNE SALUTE”

  1. comment number 1 by: govangadjie47

    Correct If it wasn’t for Alex.

    I wonder how mush influence he had on the corps of the Swiss Army that played at this years Edinburgh Tattoo ?

    But how about the influence the many leading drummers and Pipe Majors who taught many years ago in America and Canada ?

    Blame them for Field Marshal Montgomery etc winning the Worlds year after year…… or is it because they practice harder ??

    Who cares they all sound fantastic. Especially the drum corps . but none as good as THE KING.

  2. comment number 2 by: imi72000

    if it wasnt for alex the drumming we play today would not exist fantastic

  3. comment number 3 by: Bigirishcunt

    It’s only a Tap or a Roll :O)
    God bless the big Man.

  4. comment number 4 by: 54spiritedwill54

    Awesome Video!!

  5. comment number 5 by: avlewis

    Sorry…in response to an earlier thread regarding who Max Rayne was.

  6. comment number 6 by: avlewis

    They are one and the same man. Or, I should say, were, since he has passed away.

  7. comment number 7 by: jonno69098887776766

    that was insanely fast!!!!!

  8. comment number 8 by: davemacb

    Big Alex was simply the best, What a pair of hands, and the visionary way he brought pipe band drumming forward 😉

  9. comment number 9 by: gapiper

    Kit will know exactly who I am when you tell him my wife and I stayed at his home in Invergordon when I was preparing to compete in the Gold Medal at Inverness in ’82. I hope both he and “Uncle” Graham are doing well!

  10. comment number 10 by: austin171176

    I’m Kit’s grandson and I’m sure he’ll be delighted to know people still think of him fondly. My grandad and uncle Graham still go on about there time over in the states, in particular Delaware, where they made many friends. Good times indeed….

  11. comment number 11 by: gapiper

    I second the fine comments about Kit and Graham Reynolds. Many of you might not be aware that they lived and played in the US for a few years. I was a piper in the City of Wilmington (Delaware) PB in the late ’60’s and got to know these two drummers quite well. I remember playing the one and only Invergordon record with Kit listening (he was the kettle drummer on the piobaireachd track). He, as well as anyone who knew him, spoke almost godlike of “Big Alex”. Those were the days…

  12. comment number 12 by: jobieloon

    It is indeed!!!

  13. comment number 13 by: IC2720

    I stand corrected, and I do believe yours is the correct answer.

  14. comment number 14 by: sirlysis

    I would disagree. Or rather, I would argue that the Max Rayne the salute is referring to is not the same one you talk about. Max Rayne was the owner of the Invergordon Distillery. Alex played in the Invergordon Distillery Pipe Band for many years.

  15. comment number 15 by: JamesGray07

    Is that Eric Ward 2nd from the right?

  16. comment number 16 by: IC2720

    Max Rayne was a British philanthropist, and a heck of a nice guy. He passed away in 2003. He was knigted and made a life peer, Lord Rayne, did a lot of great charities work too.

  17. comment number 17 by: westsideprductions

    well, what do you know, its scottish power!

  18. comment number 18 by: martialpiper

    It is great to see this on you tube. It is staggering that the world has been so ignorant of the technical brilliance of Highland Drumming up to now…There should be DVD’s filled with this stuff in the shops and Scots drummers recognised properly for their contribution to world drumming standards.

  19. comment number 19 by: pipermohr

    I was there… it was one of the things that got me started in the pipe band world. BCAL came to Stone Mountain many times in my youth. Awesome experience.

  20. comment number 20 by: boxersmith

    jimkil patrick is in line

  21. comment number 21 by: keith352916102

    Thanks drummaxx,I have watched most of the vidoes you mention,they are great,but who was Max Rayne?

  22. comment number 22 by: drummaxx

    Yes Drew is Alex’s son. There are several videos of him on here; search under 78th Fraser Highlanders and look for the lead tip.

  23. comment number 23 by: keith352916102

    I remember seeing Alex Duthart at the Cowel Gathering in 1960 with shotts PB.The drum corps were fantastic,something to aspire to.Could someone tell me who Max Rayne was please,and is Drew Duthart who plays with the 78th Frazer’s Alex’s son? I’ve not been involved with a pipe band for years and I am out of touch with whats going on these days.

  24. comment number 24 by: LaidBackIslandBoy

    Yes, I know the guy on extreme right with red drum. Name is Peter Spear. No correspondance please. He has further developed his talent to imeasurable extremes.

  25. comment number 25 by: austin171176

    Absolutely mate, but we mustn’t forget Kit Reynolds, who played with Alex for Invergordon Distillery pipe band way back….now that was a snare drummer!!…His son Graham Reynolds, who played for Dornoch was amazing too!!

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