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J.K. McAllister A.K.A Jock the Lum

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Post by wee_fee-Fee on Fri 7 Mar - 11:44:37

Pipe band legend John Kerr "J.K." McAllister died peacefully last night at his home in Shotts, Scotland. He had been in failing health for some time. As Pipe-Major of the Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band he won four World Championship titles, all of them consecutively from 1957 to 1960, which at the time was a record. He took over the reins of Shotts & Dykehead from his father, Tom McAllister, Sr., in 1954, and in 1959 he led the band to one of few "grand slam" seasons in UK Grade 1 pipe band history, in which a band wins every major championship in a year. At his retirement from the band in 1968 due to poor health, J.K. McAllister recorded a total of nine British, five Scottish, four World's, four Cowal, four European and four Champion of Champions titles, and amassed a total of 44 first-prizes. When he concluded his competing days, J.K. McAllister became an equally legendary figure in two areas: reedmaking and pipe band judging. As a reedmaker with his brother, Pipe-Major Tom McAllister, Jr., he developed the world's most sought-after chanter reed. McAllister reeds were known for their stability and durability, as well as their toughness. The waiting list for McAllister reeds was often several months. Most chanter reeds today are modelled after the McAllisters' design. As a pipe band judge he was known for being willing to stick out his neck whenever he needed to, and was considered an ultra- traditionalist. He was a regular adjudicator at major championships in the UK. When McAllister retired from the RSPBA's judging panel in the 1990s, he was awarded an Honourary Life Membership to the association shortly thereafter. In the late 1990s J.K. and Tom McAllister sold their reedmaking business to James Troy of Victoria, British Columbia. J.K. McAllister was reportedly devastated by the death of his brother Tom in an accident in 2001.
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Post by Dai Robb on Fri 7 Mar - 13:37:03

What a shock, I had the priviledge of meeting both JK and Tom both on and off the field, a true gentleman, who could tear your band's performance to ribbons, and still leave you thinking he had paid you a compliment.
He will indeed be a great loss to the pipe band World. God Bless you my friend, RIP.
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Post by Redneck on Fri 7 Mar - 16:44:34

Likewise Dai, both, J.K & Tom were very instrumental in the rise of the Robert Armstrong Memorial.

This is a phrase used so often, but in this case is very true. J.K was indeed a giant in the piping world, a man who produced a sound world renowned from a band now a household name.

J.K, rest in peace.
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Post by stormy on Sat 8 Mar - 13:32:48

Maybe I'll take up my pipes again on 'the other side"!
At least I'll be able to get a decent sounding reed!!!

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Post by Dai Robb on Sat 8 Mar - 13:58:09

Well you are getting on a bit now Stormy?? will you still hae the puff??
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Post by Redneck on Sat 8 Mar - 14:14:18

We are ageless in the big pipe band in the sky m8.
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Post by Dai Robb on Sat 8 Mar - 21:17:04

Och Ah noe he is a bit slow at times, But last i spke to him? he was definately still with us? laughing
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Post by stormy on Sun 9 Mar - 0:51:55

Redneck wrote:We are ageless in the big pipe band in the sky m8.

Great, my quick nimble fingerwork will return!!!

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Post by stormy on Sun 9 Mar - 0:53:55

Dai Robb wrote:Och Ah noe he is a bit slow at times..........

I'm slow!!!!!! I once asked you to put Margaret on the phone and you still hudnay a clue!!!!!!!!! laughing laughing laughing

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Post by Dai Robb on Sun 9 Mar - 14:10:03

Well you know my thoughts on the deviousness of the Polis?? laughing


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Post by wee_fee-Fee on Sun 9 Mar - 16:18:50

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 12 March, 2008 at 1100 hours in Calderhead Parish Church, Shotts.

condolences and prayers are with the McAllister family at this sad time.

Fee xx
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Post by Redneck on Sun 9 Mar - 20:34:41

Thanks Fiona, al have a wee moment of remembrance at 11 on Wed'.
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Post by Dai Robb on Mon 10 Mar - 13:31:11

Thanks Fiona, another Great member for the pipe Band in the Sky
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Post by Robbie.Crow on Tue 11 Mar - 5:33:08

Just to let you know, i've let this thread be passed onto the family. One of my best friends in school was related to him, i printed off the condolences and gave them to him to pass on.
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