Bakersfield police officer finds cultural ties in the wailing of the pipes


When Nicholas Haynes graduated from high school, he asked his parents for a present not every 17-year-old would want. Bag pipes. The wind instrument known for its forlorn wailing songs often heard at police or military memorials was also a musical connection to the Haynes family’s Scottish ancestry. “I started getting into my roots because of my grandma, she really got into and genealogy and she learned we were descendants from someone who came over on the Mayflower. And our family name has been here since the early 1600s … we all just fell in love with the culture,”…

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