City of residence: Warner Robins
Occupation: Student, Middle Georgia State College
QUESTION: You do something a bit unusual out in the parking lot at MGSC during class breaks. What?
ANSWER: I practice my bagpipes. Theyre too loud to play inside. It never happens, but I joke that it might hurt somebodys ears.
QUESTION: Does it get you funny looks, comments?
ANSWER: Sometimes. But people usually stop by and say they love hearing it or that theyve never heard one before or they heard one once at their grandfathers funeral or something.
QUESTION: You probably never run into other bagpipers out there.
ANSWER: No, thats never happened. But sometimes I see other band members who pass by going to the Nola Brantley library next door.
QUESTION: What band -- and what are you studying at MGSC?
ANSWER: I study nursing with classes mainly at the Warner Robins campus. I went to Mercer University for two years and started playing with the Mercer University Pipes and Drums.
QUESTION: How did that come about?
ANSWER: A friend told me I should play in a band at the school. He said Id get some scholarship money. I play guitar, drums a little, and play bass at my church. I figured Id join a band and play guitar.
QUESTION: He didnt tell you it was a bagpipe group?
ANSWER: No. I didnt find out until I showed up. It was a big surprise. They said they needed someone to play bass drum, so I figured I could do that easy enough.
QUESTION: And graduated to bagpipe?
ANSWER: Yeah. After a while, I asked our leader how hard it was to play bagpipes, and he said not so hard. Id played a recorder in elementary school, and he said it was a lot like that.
QUESTION: So was it easy?
ANSWER: Easy may not be the word, but its not so hard. I still consider myself a beginner after about three years. Now that Ive transferred to Middle Georgia State I dont get to get with them as much. Thats why I practice as much as I can on my own in the parking lot at school.
QUESTION: Did you buy your own pipes?
ANSWER: Yeah. I figure Ill keep playing. Its fun, and its different. I love it.
QUESTION: How much does a bagpipe cost?
ANSWER: A real one, real beginner bagpipes, start at about $300 or $400. Of course, you can also get really, really expensive bagpipes, too.
QUESTION: Ever think of playing professionally?
ANSWER: Im studying nursing, but I guess Im keeping my options open. I may consider further education or going into the military. I dont know about bagpipes, but who knows?
QUESTION: So youre out there practicing bagpipes and your name is Min Woo Kim, not something Scottish, so youre covering a lot of cultural ground.
ANSWER: Yeah. Im Korean. My family moved here just after I was in fourth grade. I graduated from Houston County High School in 09. A lot of times Ive met people who say, Oh, youre the guy that plays bagpipes. I also enjoy surprising people by playing stuff like the theme from Star Wars and Game of Thrones. Im working on Dont Stop Believing by Journey, too.
QUESTION: Pretty avant garde for bagpipes. What are your favorite bagpipe tunes?
ANSWER: My favorites are pretty traditional. Two of my favorites are Pikemans March and Highland Cathedral. When the band plays its usually traditional stuff in parades or funerals or sometimes a wedding.
QUESTION: In kilts and authentic garb?
ANSWER: Yes. Theyre very comfortable.
QUESTION: So, the age-old question: What does one wear under a kilt?
ANSWER: Oh, I cant tell you that.
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