2017 Pipe Bands – Look Who’s Coming to Play
2622 Highland Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment Pipes & Drums
The band was formed in 1979 and it is quite unique in being the only Squadron in the UK within the RAF Regular or Reserves to have its own Pipes & Drums. The band itself was formed in 1999.
The tartan worn is Grey Douglas. This tartan was originally approved by King George V in 1933 for the Pipe Bands of the Scottish Auxiliary Air Force Squadrons.
In 1936, King Edward VIII granted approval for Officers of the Scottish Auxiliary Air Force Squadrons to wear the Grey Douglas kilt as part of their Mess Dress and that remains today.
Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland Pipes and Drums
Bothwell Castle Pipe Band
This band was started in October 2010 and is based in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
The band is made up from pipers and drummers with experience in bands from Grade3 to Grade1.
During their first year in Competition 2012 they had a reasonable level of performance, and to finish the year they achieved 6th at Cowal, narrowly missing out on a 3rd place.
2016 so far the band has achieved Best Drum Corps British Champions, Best Drum Corps UK Champions, 4th at British Championships at Paisley.
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.
Burntisland and District Pipe Band
Burntisland and District Pipe Band is a Grade 4A pipe band in Burntisland, Scotland. There has been a pipe band in Burntisland since the very early 1920s and is one of the oldest registered with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.
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.
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.
City of Inverness
The band was formed in October 2015 with a view to establish a strong competing pipe band in the Scottish Highlands. Very quickly the band grew in size and was initially graded at grade 4a.
After winning the first two competitions the band was then advanced two grades to grade 3a.
2017 will be only our second year out and we hope that we can continue to develop as a band.
The City Of St Andrews Pipe Band
The Band was formed in 1972 and is based in St Andrews in the North East of Fife. It first competed in 1974 and since those early days has competed at all levels and won many contests and major championships.
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
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.
The Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band
The band was formed in 1968 and 45 years on is still going strong. The band were winners of the Grade 2 “Champion of Champions” in 1986 and are the only remaining Pipe Band with “Glasgow” in their title.
The band are very passionate and proud of their long standing connection with Glasgow and the Glasgow Skye Association and wear the MacLeod of Skeabost tartan. In recent years the band altered their title to “The Phoenix Honda Glasgow Skye Pipe Band” to reflect their new connection with John McGuire of the Phoenix Car Company Ltd.
Glenrothes & District 2010
Grampian District Pipes and Drums
Grampian District Pipes and Drums are a 4B band based at Westhill, Aberdeen. The band formed in 2014 and wears the Murray of Atholl Modern tartan.
Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band
Based in Aberdeen, Scotland, the band is led by Pipe Major Pamela Whyte and leading drummer Nicky Gibson. The band includes police officers, support staff and members of their communities from all over the region and further afield.
Together they are committed to a long term partnership intent on protecting their musical heritage and playing their music within communities locally, nationally and internationally.
Kilsyth Thistle Pipe Band
The Scottish Pipe Band Association has awarded Kilsyth Thistle Pipe Band many honours over the years. They are held in high regard by by local residents and much further afield – truly “Kilsyth’s finest”
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.
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.
Mid Argyll Pipe Band
Mid Argyll Pipe Band is based in the heart of the ancient kingdom of Dalriada (modern day Mid Argyll).
They are one of the oldest civilian pipe bands in Scotland with a history stretching back to the early 1900’s.
Find out more here
The Oban High School PipeBand
Founded in 2005 and led by Pipe Major Angus MacColl.
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.
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.
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.
St Francis Pipe Band
Since its very foundation the band has always had a piping and drumming school and although it was initially aimed at the young folk of the Gorbals area, the more recent experience of the band members is that we want to encourage anyone regardless of race, religion, creed or colour to participate in what we do.
Stirling and District Schools Pipe Band
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.
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.
Balagan – Denmark
The dramatic rise in piping and drumming quality in continental Europe has resulted in the formation of Balagan, a new pipe band made up of the best players from the region. Led by Bernard Bouhadana, a member of Field Marshal Montgomery and a former member of Simon Fraser University, the group plans to be “a new alternative for top players from all over Nothern Europe and beyond looking to play in a more performance-oriented band.”
The College of Piping (Summerside) – Canada
The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, a registered Canadian charity and a non-profit organization, continues to provide a vibrant cultural and educational presence in the Maritimes. It was established in Summerside, Prince Edward Island in 1989 and has developed a world-class reputation as an international school of excellence in Highland bagpiping, Scottish-style snare drumming, Highland dancing, Island step dancing and it is the only year round school of its kind in North America.
Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew – Canada
Grade 2 and Grade 5 competitive pipe bands located in Fredericton, the beautiful capital city of New Brunswick, Canada.
The band is under the direction of P/M Michel Boyer D/Sgt. Justin Gallant, with a membership base from Fredericton and surrounding areas.
Governor MacQuarie Memorial – Australia
The band is led by Pipe Major Barry Gray and Lead Drummer Fraser Hood. We have three competing bands who compete in Grade 3, Grade 4 and a Juvenile Band made up from members of our graded bands. We participate in parades, public performances, corporate events and functions.
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.
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.
Jefferson Pipe Band, USA
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.
Jersey Pipe Band
This dynamic band is comprised of over fifteen talented musicians including members from Jersey, South Africa, England, Ireland and Scotland. The Jersey Pipe Band aims to provide an enjoyable experience for all interested in piping and drumming.
The Kamloops Pipe Band Society, Canada
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
Kevin R Blandford Memorial Pipe Band, California, USA
The Kevin R Blandford Memorial Pipe Band was founded in 1986 as the R.P. Blandford and Son Pipe Band. The current name was assumed in 2003 in honour of the late Kevin Blandford. The band is currently under the direction of Pipe Major Martha Hall and Drum Sergeant Justin Hall. The Kevin R. Blandford can be found performing a variety of events in Southern California and across the United States.
Peel Regional Police Pipeband (PRPPB), Ontario, Canada
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.
Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band (RMMPB), British Columbia, Canada
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.
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.
The Omaha Pipes & Drums, Nebraska, USA
Established in 1970, Nebraska, Midwestern United States, The Omaha Pipes and Drums is a registered non-profit teaching organisation providing free bagpipe and drumming lessons. The band offers scholarships to members and students to encourage participation in local, regional and national piping and drumming schools and workshops.
The Pipe Band Club – Australia
The Pipeband Club (PBC) is a leading competitive pipe band based in Sydney, Australia. PBC has a relatively short but rich history of competing in all grades of solo and band competitions, both domestically and abroad, and draws members from not only New South Wales, but many parts of Australia and even overseas. Amongst our past results, the band boasts back to back Australian Champions titles (Grade 1) in 2008 and 2010, and continues to compete overseas at least once a year.
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.
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.
St Thomas Alumni, Houston, Texas
The St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band is a Grade 2 pipe band based out of Houston, Texas, USA.
In 2011, the band placed 4th overall in the Grade 2 finals of the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. In the same competition in 2012, the band moved up two spots to 2nd place overall. 2013 and 2014 saw the band place 5th and 6th overall, respectively.
Vienna Pipes and Drums – Vienna, Austria
We are a Scottish bagpipe band based in Vienna, Austria. The band was formed in 1997, and is made up of musicians from Austria and Scotland. We play regularly at events in Vienna and Austria, and have performed and competed further afield in Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, and Scotland. We perform in traditional Highland dress and wear the “Loch Lomond Millenium” tartan.
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