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Instrument: Scottish bagpipes
Kenneth MacKenzie grew up in Nova Scotia, where he learned the pipes as a teen-ager. He was pipe-major of the Queen Elizabeth High School pipe band in Halifax, and later became pipe major and music instructor in Montreal, for ten years in the Pierrefonds Pipes and Drums, and for fifteen years in the Rawdon Pipes and Drums.
In the course of more than fifty years as a well-known piper, Kenneth has taught pipes both through individual instruction, and in groups in the pipe-band context.
Kenneth frequently performs in public, as a solo piper, as a leader of pipe bands, and as a folk musician.
Notable solo events:
- Nova Scotia's piper in the cross-Canada cavalcade for the opening of the trans-Canada highway.
- Piper with Les Feux-Follets dance troupe at Expo 67 and European tour the following year.
- Piper with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Donald Patriquin's Suite Carignan at the 1981 ballet gala at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa
- Performances with Kate and Anna McGarrigle
Owen Sound, Sudbury, Yellowknife, London (Ont), Edmonton, Hobart and William Smith (Geneva NY), Champlain Valley (Vermont) with Brahan Seer in the 1980s, Mémoires et Racines (Joliette QC), Festival celtique Quebec City, Festival celtique Kinnear's Mills (QC), Champlain Valley as solo performer, with Gilles Losier, and with Arisaig.
Brahan Seer 1981 to 1986, duo with Gilles losier 1986 to 1994, Arisaig 2008+