“In many places, in many countries, there are men who unselfishly devote a large part of their time to the helping of others. Piping is particularly fortunate in having more than its fair share of such people, and Sam Scott was certainly one of them. ... He was one of the select band who are totally committed to piping, in all its aspects.”
That extract from the Piping Times tribute to Sam Scott on his death (from injuries sustained in a car accident on 3rd January 1972) truly sums up Sam Scott’s life and attitude to the Great Highland Bagpipe. Probably no one else had as much influence on the piping scene in
Ottawa as Sam Scott, as a performer, leader, organizer, and most significantly as a teacher.
Thank you to Brian Williamson for this contribution and Graeme Ogilvie for editing.