during the first year of Shorecrest, talk had already
started of having a pipe band as an addition to the
marching band. This idea would fit well with Shorecrest's
Scottish theme, but the only problem was finding a way
to sell the idea to students.
Shorecrest's staff at the time, there was a woman named
Grace Berefuey who knew a great deal about Scottish
traditions. She came up with the idea of holding an
all-school assembly, where students could hear bagpipes
first-hand. Mrs. Berefuey arranged for a boys pipe band
in Seattle to come play at this assembly.
the surprise of the students, the 6 pipers and 2 drummers
came marching into the gym on command. The students
were startled at first, but it no time their surprise
turned into excitement. The performance ended with a
standing ovation, followed by Mrs. Berefuey and Vice
Principal Lynn Waller coming to the podium and explaining
that this is what they had in mind for Shorecrest. The
students were sold to the idea.
1970, Shorecrest still lacked a pipe band. At the time
there was only 1 piper at the school. It was also discovered
that a Shorecrest janitor, Don Macky, was a very skilled
piper. Responsibility for making a pipe band was handed
over to Macky in 1971. Pipe classes were started as
an after-school activity, with about 12 students participating.
Several years later, Shorecrest decided to invest in
bagpipes for student use.
the 1975-1976 school-year, Shorecrest's band marched
in the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena with about
8 pipers. The pipeband gave the school a unique look
and became an essential part of Shorecrest's marching
continued teaching the pipe band, and it wasn't long
before a pipe band class was started during the school
day. Pipe band took place during 6th period, with the
addition of night lessons. Pipers became active participants
in school assemblies and other events, and also began
Macky continued teaching the class up until 1989, but
continued being a Shorecrest castodian for several more
years. After Macky quit teaching the class, Scott Mclean
Scottish traditions and pipe band still remain to this
day. Today, the class is currently taught by Kevin Auld,
Shorecrest graduate, and former Shorecrest piper, who
himself was once taught by Macky and Mclean.