TMI student hit high notes at piping meet

TMI freshman Lincoln Abbott plays at the Salado Piping, Drumming and Band Competition at the annual Salado Scottish Gathering and Games.

Lincoln Abbott, a freshman at TMI, won top places including a first-place award as a bagpiper in all four events he entered Nov. 10 at the Salado Piping, Drumming and Band Competition.

In the individual piping category, Amateur Junior Grade IV, Lincoln won first place in the 2/4 March event, second place in Piobaireachd (classical music of the Scottish Highlands), second place in Strathspey/reel (traditional dance music and fourth place in 6/8 March.

Part of the annual Salado Scottish Gathering and Games, the competition was presented by the Central Texas Area Museum Inc. and held on the Salado Youth Sports Fields. One of the piping judges was Jack Lee, a world-champion bagpiper.

Abbott has studied piping since 2007. He belongs to the Black Bexar Pipe and Drum band and has performed at community concerts, such as area high-school graduations, Fiesta San Antonio events and the Boerne Christmas Parade. At TMI, he is a member of the Texas Military Institute Corps of Cadets (JROTC) and plays with the Corps’ Bagpipe and Drum Band.