MOUNT MORRIS - The rousing notes of “Scotland the Brave” echoed across the Murray Hill campus on Saturday afternoon.
Bagpiper Peter Glanville, a Mount Morris attorney, entertained residents and staff of the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation for about 40 minutes.
“I love how everyone is helping make every day a better day for residents and staff included,” said Pam Hill, who shared pictures of Glanville’s performance with The Livingston County News.
The performance delighted residents as Glanville walked around the outside of building playing, Hill said.
Glanville has performed at the CNR on a few occasions in recent years. The latest performance was at the request of Cathy Gehrig, who invited Glanville to play.
The selections include “Scotland the Brave,” a traditional Scottish song that some consider the unofficial national anthem of Scotland, “Rowan Tree,” “Rising of the Moon,” “Gary Owen,” a bunch of strathspeys – a kind of Highland dance – some reels and other tunes. He also played “The Caissons Go Rolling Along” and the “Marines’ Hymn.”
The CNR has been closed to visitors since mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. No residents of the facility have tested positive for the virus.
After performing at the CNR, Glanville continued to play as he walked home through the village. He played in the village for about an hour.
Glanville, who used to compete in solo events and with pipe bands, played with the Manchester (Conn.) Regional Police and Fire and the Manchester Pipe Band from 1997 to 2000.
“I have always loved the bagpipes,” Glanville said, noting that when he lived in Manchester, Conn., there were four bagpipe bands, including a North American champion, so he “figured it was time to learn.”
“I played the pipes with seriousness from 1997 to 2001. After that, life got in the way. I have been playing them more often lately,” he said.
Bagpipes are the ninth or 10th instrument Glanville plays. He said he has “been a musician of sorts since I was 4” when he picked up his uncle’s electric guitar.