The melodic sound of bagpipes filled the air outside the Duncan Public Library Saturday afternoon.
The Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums came to Duncan from Oklahoma City to teach locals about bagpipes and Celtic musical and cultural traditions.
Duncan Public Library Director Jan Cole invited the 24-member band to play as part of a Celtic Festival.
The festival also featured a display from the Stephens County Woodcarvers and a booth with information about Scottish clans, or kinship groups, their origins and tartans.
“I’ve seen them several times and I know someone who plays with them,” Cole said. “A lot of people in Duncan have Scottish or Irish ancestry, so I wanted to see if I could get them out here.”
OSPD Pipe Major Paul Sinclair said the band began piping in 1998 to educate about bagpipes and preserve Celtic heritage.
“Heritage is a big reason we do what we do, we enjoy talking about it,” Sinclair said. “Playing bagpipes isn’t as difficult as it looks, there are nine notes. We’d like people to come see us and give it a try.”
The group also provides free bagpipe lessons to those who are interested.
Marilyn Hamlin lounged on the library lawn to listen to the band.
“I came to hear the bagpipes,” Hamlin said. “I’m glad it’s outside, it was originally going to be inside.”
Judith Dahn drove to Duncan from Yukon for the first time to support her daughter, who is one of the pipers.
Dahn said the band practices a lot for events.
“I love it,” she said. “I think it’s a nice little town.
Patsy Headrick also went to the library to watch the celtic group and said she enjoys bagpipe music.
Cole said she asked the band to play at the library in partnership with the Friends of the Duncan Public Library.
She said she was pleased with the amount of people who gathered on the library lawn to watch the bagpipe players and their engagement with the band.
For more information about the band, visit their website at www.okscots.com.