Piper Rankin MacInnis headed to the Olympics with DRUM!
“I wasn’t really aware of the opportunity. It sorta just fell on to my lap,” he said. And he’s really glad it did. “I thoroughly enjoy it. It’s different from what I’m used to playing. I’m used to either playing in a pipe band or traditional Cape Breton-style music where you just play on the stage with piano player and nothing fancy,” he said. “So this show part is a new experience. It’s fun. I get more of an adrenaline boost ... doing it because there’s so many more people depending on you, instead of you always leading it. It’s been great so far.”
DRUM! is just the latest in an impressive list of accomplishments for MacInnis. He participated in the 2006 World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, with the Gaelic College Pipe Band, piped for The White Stripes when they came to Glace Bay in 2007, and performed in the Celtic Colours International Festival as a solo artist as well as with such acts as The Chieftains and Carlos Nunez. He is also currently a piping instructor at the Gaelic College.
MacInnis and the rest of the DRUM! ensemble will leave for Vancouver Feb. 14 and return Feb. 21 and he’s looking forward to every minute.
“I know we’re going to be playing at some point with Buck 65 and that’s going to be something completely different than I’ve ever done so that’ll be interesting. I’m looking forward to that,” he noted. He also has one other small wish. “I’d love to see hockey but the chances of that are slim. That’s what every other Canadian would love to see,” he said.