For 21-year-old Linda Snoddy, playing bagpipes is in her Scottish blood.
“My grandfather was a bagpiper. The Scottish blood- it flows hot in my veins,” said Snoddy.
Growing up and attending the Bakersfield Scottish Games, it’s all she wanted to do. She wanted to imitate the bagpipe players as they performed, convincing her mom to let her play.
Now, Snoddy has played her way to the top. She is one of 20 people in the world selected to play in the 2018 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
She says it’s the equivalent of Mardi Gras in Scotland. And if that doesn’t sound big enough to you…
“I know Prince William will be in attendance so we’re going to be playing for him. So yeah, it’s a big deal,” Snoddy said anxtiously
Snoddy will spend the entire month of August in Scotland, practicing for hours each day and then performing each night.
It will be her first trip to Scotland and Snoddy hopes to raise the money necessary to cover the costs of the trip, but she needs help.
“I don’t have $5,000 to pay for a plane ticket to Scotland. I can play for gigs. I’m willing to do anything. I just need a little help,” Snoddy said.
She’s fighting to get there, fitting for a young piper whose pipes are named “Moxely.”
“My favorite wrestler in WWE was Dean Ambros. His old ring name use to be John Moxely. Back in the old days you really couldn’t beat Moxley. Like you might be able to put him away for a little bit. You might be able to pin him once or twice but you can’t stop that guy and I wanted fighting spirit associated with these bag pipes,” Snoddy said.
Anyone interested in helping Snoddy raise money to get to Scotland can send Tabatha Mills and email at TabathaMills@kget.com.