Daniel Custer '09
Pipe band players harmonize talents to inspire school spirit
During their first semester at Messiah, Scott Fletcher ’11 and Quinn Dillon ’11 discovered that they shared an unusual interest—bagpiping. As Fletcher describes, he met Dillon serendipitously. “I was in the lounge playing my pipes,” he says. “Quinn’s roommate heard me and introduced us.” Ironically, the two had already heard of one another through their respective pipe band associations.
Before arriving at Messiah, Dillon had not anticipated finding an outlet for his talents on campus. “I didn’t know what to expect, but I wasn’t expecting another bagpiper,” he recalls. The two musicians joined forces to lead the student march to Starry Field for the Homecoming soccer game (right). On that occasion, Fletcher on the Scottish snare drums and Dillon on the bagpipes thrilled spectators at the game and generated interest in their musical skills.
Fletcher anticipates more opportunities to collaborate. “You’ll see us at coffeehouses and chapels. Hopefully, we’ll start a tradition of playing at the soccer games.” Dillon agrees. “We’ll definitely keep playing. It’s great to have fun doing something we love.”
Click here to see a video of Quinn Dillon on the bagpipes.