The Viewfinder: 10-year-old grandson plays bagpipe tribute for grandfather

Published 12:14 am Thursday, April 25, 2019


NATCHEZ — Russ Anderson said he has been playing the bagpipes for the past 14 years, and approximately three years ago he began teaching his son, Brendan to play.

Russ said he and Brendan, 10, will take any opportunity to play the pipes together, but on Tuesday the father and son pipers played perhaps their most significant recital together at the Natchez City Cemetery.

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There, the two pipers from Charlotte, North Carolina, played such favorites as “Highland Cathedral,” “Minister Boy,” “When the Pipers Play,” “Amazing Grace,” “Happy Birthday” and “Let Erin Remember,” beside the grave a Charles Connor Burns, who died April 3, and was Russ’ father-in-law and Brendan’s grandfather.

“He was a great man,” Russ said of Burns, whose 79th birthday was Tuesday. “It feels like everybody in Natchez knew him in some aspects, and he was truly a great man. He was so well liked. We thought it was a great way to honor him and a great tribute to be able to play for him and the rest of the family.”

Brendan Anderson said he is currently in a band back home in North Carolina called Queen City Juvenile Pipes and Drums.

“He (Brendan) was really happy to do this for his mom, Theresa Burns Anderson,” Russ Anderson said, “which means so much to her, doing this for her dad. He (Brendan) knew the importance of what we were doing.”