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Attorney General Bill Barr lets loose on the bagpipes at US Attorneys’ Conference

Hitting all the right notes! Attorney General Bill Barr lets loose on the bagpipes in surprise performance at the opening of the US Attorneys’ Conference – and is given a standing ovation

  • Attorney General Bill Barr bust out his bagpipes for a surprise performance at the opening of the US Attorneys’ National Conference Wednesday morning
  • The 68-year-old heard his staff invited the NYPD Emerald Society pipe and drum band as a surprise, and decided to ‘counter surprise’ them by joining in  
  • He performed the traditional bagpipe march ‘Scotland the Brave’ and received a standing ovation from the crowd afterwards
  • After his impromptu song he delivered his scheduled remarks   
  • Barr noted it was the first time playing since his daughter’s wedding in December, a day before he was nominated to be Attorney General 

Attorney General Bill Barr wowed the crowd with his loud bagpipe performance on  Wednesday before the Justice Department.

The 68-year-old took center stage with the NYPD Emerald Society pipe and drum band at the opening of the US Attorneys’ National Conference in Washington D.C. to play the bagpipes as guests and officials applauded him.

He played the traditional bagpipe march ‘Scotland the Brave’ and received an uproarious standing ovation from the crowd afterwards. 

Attorney General Bill Barr bust out his bagpipes for a surprise performance at the opening of the US Attorneys’ National Conference Wednesday morning in Washington D.C.

The 68-year-old heard the NYPD Emerald Society pipe and drum band were attending and decided to join in and perform the traditional march song 'Scotland the Brave'

The 68-year-old heard the NYPD Emerald Society pipe and drum band were attending and decided to join in and perform the traditional march song ‘Scotland the Brave’

Barr surprised the audience when he brought out his bagpipes to join in with the NYPD Pipes and Drums at the start of the US Attorneys' National Conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday

Barr surprised the audience when he brought out his bagpipes to join in with the NYPD Pipes and Drums at the start of the US Attorneys’ National Conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday

His surprise performance took place before his scheduled remarks at the start of the conference

His surprise performance took place before his scheduled remarks at the start of the conference

After his impromptu performance he gave his scheduled remarks before the assembly, joking ‘Now how was that for an icebreaker?’ 

Barr noted it was the first time playing since his daughter’s wedding in December, a day before he was nominated to be attorney general, and did so as a surprise after hearing the Emerald Society pipers were coming in. 

‘[My staff was] going to surprise me by having the Emerald Society pipe band come down from New York, but as you know I’m very proficient at — dare I say the word — spying,’ Barr said. ‘And I discovered the plot, and so this was my counter-surprise.’ 

Standing ovation! After his impromptu piece he was greeted with uproarious applause and an ovation form the crowd

Standing ovation! After his impromptu piece he was greeted with uproarious applause and an ovation form the crowd 

Then he gave his scheduled remarks before the assembly, joking 'Now how was that for an icebreaker?'

Then he gave his scheduled remarks before the assembly, joking ‘Now how was that for an icebreaker?’

Barr reacted with joy when he was given a hat and a T-shirt during the US Attorneys' National Conference on Wednesday

Barr reacted with joy when he was given a hat and a T-shirt during the US Attorneys’ National Conference on Wednesday 

For Barr the bagpipes are more than just a hobby, it’s been a life-long passion of his.

He was a member of the now defunct U.S.-based Grade 2 Denny & Dunipace Pipe Band, which later became the Scottish & Irish Imports and City of Washington in the early 1980s and 1990s.

He even competed in the World Championships for bagpipe playing.

In 1991 after he was sworn in as attorney general by President George H.W. Bush he bust out his bagpipes during a reception for a surprise performance in the attorney general conference room.   

He’s served as a board member of the U.S. Piping Foundation from January 2017 to December 2018. 

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