Bagpiper Kent Pharaoh visits Lions Club

From left are President Lion James Thompson, Kent Pharaoh, Program Chair Rev. Dale Fillmore, and Bagpipe-Attempter Lion Beth Flud.
(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig with excerpts from bio from Kent Pharaoh).

By DEAN CRAIG

Okmulgee Lions

 

How do you write an article about a non-verbal program consisting of music, in the form of a bagpipe?  Well, quite easily, particularly when it is an Okmulgee Lions Club repeat program (May 15, 2012), provided again by Kent Pharaoh, Bagpiper extraordinaire.  It is difficult to realize that it has been six years ago, but when I remembered back that Pharaoh had "volunteered" the late Judge John Maley to be the "guinea pig" to attempt to play the bagpipe, it falls in place.  We really miss the fun-loving Judge, who could comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

Pharaoh is a life-long resident of Henryetta, and first became interested in learning how to play the bagpipe when he accompanied his parents to Scotland as a young boy and heard them being played.  He began studying the pipes in 1991 but didn't purchase his pipes until 2006, after he retired.

The bagpipes have taken him to seven states, including Virginia, where he was honored to play over several graves in Arlington National Cemetery in 2012, one of his more memorable moments.  He has also played in several large churches in Tulsa, including Asbury United Methodist and First United Methodist Church for their Sunday Morning Worship Services.  He has also performed in Native American churches as well as in a Cowboy Church in Wichita Falls, Texas at Easter.

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