GLASGOW, Scotland - Ten-year-old Makawao boy Innes Asher performed with Canada's Simon Fraser University pipe band's junior contingent - the Robert Malcolm Memorial Band - at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow on Aug. 11. The group placed third in the competition.
Innes began playing the bagpipes at age 5, first learning on a practice chanter.
"My dad had been playing with the local Isle of Maui Pipe Band, which would bring (SFU pipe sergeant) Jack Lee to Maui for an annual bagpipe workshop - they still do," Innes explained. "At some point, I told my dad I'd like to play. He told me that I was the only kid on Maui learning the pipes, but definitely not in the whole world."
Makawao’s Innes Asher performs with the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, on Aug. 11.
Innes attended the SFU Pipe Band's Piping Hot summer school and began taking lessons via Skype with Lee, who invited him to join the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band.