2017 Pipe Bands – Look Who’s Coming to Play

SCOTTISH BANDS

Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland Pipes and Drums

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Bucksburn and District

In 2017 the Band celebrates its 70th Anniversary. During its 70-year history, Bucksburn and District Pipe Band has been focused on competing  at the highest level of pipe band competition. “Dedicated to teaching youth through Music” ensures that the band continues to teach the traditional art of the Great Highland Bagpipe and Snare, Tenor and Bass drums in the North-East of Scotland.

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Camelon and District Pipe Band 

Based in Falkirk, Camelon and District Pipe Band are a registered charity serving the local community teaching piping and drumming to people of all ages from 10 upwards. We offer a teaching system for all pipers and drummers and strive for our main aims and objectives of competitive playing.

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Carnoustie & District Pipe Band

In 2010 the band entered its first official RSPBA competition and has made continued progress each year at the various major contests including the British, Scottish, European and World Championships.

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Fraserburgh Royal British Legion

Based in Fraserburgh the band has strong roots within the north east and support the North Of Scotland Branch of the RSPBA at both local and major competitions. The band have competed for the last nine years in Grade 4B making steady progress in the prize list at both local and national levels.

The band wear the Flower Of Scotland kilts, black waistcoats, ties, jackets and white hand knitted socks

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George Watson’s College – Juvenile

George Watson’s College Pipes and Drums have three bands of varying ability under the leadership of Pipe Majors Iain Simpson, Ross Harvey and Drum Majors Mick O’Neill and Arthur Cook. Competing all over the UK at Juvenile and Novice Juvenile level, the Pipes and Drums are now one of the most successful teaching establishments in the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. Our Juvenile band won the World Championships in 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

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Glenrothes & District 2010

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Kinross and District PipeBand 

We are happy to confirm that the new look Kinross and District Pipe Band will be piping their way to the Bridge of Allan Higland Games this August.

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Mackenzie Caledonian

The MacKenzie Pipe Band was formed in 1918 at the end of the First World War to accommodate the need of the returning ex-servicemen to fulfill their musical aspirations.The band is based in Dundee, Scotland, and currently have two bands: a Grade 2 band, led by Pipe Major Neil Nicholson and Leading Drummer Barham Brummage, and a Novice Juvenile band, led by Pipe Major Anne Spalding.

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Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band

Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia is one of the world’s most storied pipe bands. Our primary focus is to compete at the highest level of pipe band competition whilst ensuring that we continue to teach as many local young pipers and drummers as we can.

Boghall and Bathgate are delighted to partner one of the UK’s leading vehicle dealerships, Peoples Ford.

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Portlethen & District Pipe Band 

Formed in 1980, with humble beginnings, the town band performed at local events in and around Aberdeenshire. Today the Grade 3 band is one of the city’s most progressive and fastest rising in the region. Led by Pipe Major Julie Brinklow & Leading Drummer Danny Brown we boast over 40 members and practice in Aberdeen city centre. The Band actively compete at minor and major contests and enjoy a well balanced competing and social life.

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Scottish Power

The band, who have been sponsored by ScottishPower since 1989, are one of the world’s leading grade 1 pipe bands having featured as a regular prizewinner in all major competitions over several decades. Twice Cowal Champions, Scottish Champions, All-Ireland Champions and runners-up in the World Championships are just some of their awards.

The band have appeared before The Queen at Braemar, for the Pope at St Peter’s in Rome, with Sir Paul McCartney at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, at the Lord Mayor’s Show in London, at the Official Opening of the Scottish Parliament and at the 75th Royal Variety Performance.

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Strathendrick

Strathendrick Pipe Band is a grade 4B training and development band based in the village of Strathblane, located on the outskirts of Glasgow. The band is fully registered with the Royal Pipe Band Association and competes nationally in grade 4 and 3 competitions. There is a diversity of players within the band; all are welcome regardless of age or ability, with pipers and drummers benefiting from world class teaching.

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Wallacestone and District Pipe Band

The band is recognised as one of the oldest surviving civilian pipe bands in the world, having been formed in 1887 in the village of Wallacestone, which is a few miles outside Falkirk in Central Scotland.

Originally financed by local miners who contributed part of their wages each week to establish the band, it is now completely self-supporting.  The Hunting Sinclair tartan has been worn by Wallacestone since 1974.

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INTERNATIONAL BANDS

The Kamloops Pipe Band Society
The Kamloops Pipe Band Society’s Pipe Major is Scot Kortegaard, and our lead tip is Andrew Robertson. The society was formed in the late 1960’s from the Legion Pipe Band. As proud ambassadors to the city of Kamloops, not only is the band competing at the Bridge of Allan Highland Games this year, but also at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow
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Hamilton Police Service – Pipes & Drums  – Canada

The Hamilton Police Service Pipes & Drums was formed in 1961 by a dedicated group of Police Officers.   The membership at that time was restricted to members of the Hamilton Police Service only. However since that time, membership has been open to the public, both female and male.  Hamilton is the third oldest Police Pipe Band in Canada.  During the past decade the Pipes & Drums have been both Canadian Champions and North American Champions on more than one occasion.

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Highland Thistle Pipe Band – Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Highland Thistle Pipe Band was created in 1982, thanks to the invaluable help and backing from Mr Ralph Ayling (our true mentor).  Today, the band is 27 strong: 8 pipers, 3 side drummers, 2 tenor drummers, a bass drummer, a Drum Major and 12 dancers, all Argentines.

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Jefferson Pipe Band

The Jefferson Pipe Band is a part of the Shasta Celtic Society. We provide services for the Northern California, Southern Oregon celtic world. Our mission is to entertain at parades & community events and to teach the music of the Great Highland Bagpipe to any interested party with the means and time to dedicate to learning our music well.

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Peel Regional Police Pipeband (PRPPB)

The Peel Regional Police Pipe Band (PRPPB) was formed in 1976 and is based in Brampton, Ontario.  The band wears the Ancient MacPherson tartan and the unique diced glengarries – which are symbolically worn by police pipe bands around the world.

The band was promoted to Grade 1 in 1992 and 2017 will mark the band’s 25th anniversary at the premier grade level.

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Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band (RMMPB)

A proud part of the SFU Pipe Band organization located at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band is named after Robert Barbulak and Malcolm Bokenfohr, two dedicated members of the SFU Pipe Band who were killed in an automobile accident not of their cause in November 1993. The RMM band was formed in January 1994 to continue the development of talented and dedicated young players much as Rob and Malcolm were.

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Schenectady Pipe Band, Albany, New York 

We are excited and proud to announce that Schenectady Pipe Band, Albany New York  will be joining us for their centennial celebration as 2017 marks 100 years piping.

Check out this awesome YouTube clip for a full history of this historic pipe band.

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The Scots School Albury – Australia

In 2014 the pipe band made its first international trip, performing at the Jakarta Highland Gathering where it was crowned South East Asian Champions in the Juvenile grade, a feat that it repeated in 2015. In August 2014, members of the band travelled to Scotland to compete at several competitions including the World Pipe Band Championships. In October 2014, still buzzing from its adventure in Scotland, the pipe band travelled to Canberra for the 2014 ACT Championships where it was crowned champions in the grade 4 competition.

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St Andrews Pipe Band – Australia

St Andrew’s is a grade two pipe band based in Brisbane, Australia. It was formed from members of the 61st Battalion, Queensland Cameron Highlanders at the end of the Second World War in 1945. The Battalion had strong Scottish connections and the band was formed for the purpose of maintaining Scottish Culture and camaraderie amongst the Ex-Servicemen.

Within a few years of formation the band won the Australian Pipe Band Championships and since then has successfully competed in many major competitions, both locally and abroad. The Band is also a regular participant in major community events, such as Anzac Day, Tartan Day, the RNA Show and the Ipswich International Tattoo.

Today St Andrew’s is a successful competition band with around 30 playing members. Youthful and passionate, the band continues to compete and perform regularly, fostering traditional Scottish culture in the Brisbane region.