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‘The earliest record of any official connection between Brechin Town Council and bagpipe music is contained in the minutes of the magistrates on 20th June 1688 appointing John Wyslie to the post of Town Piper. The earliest record of a Pipe Band in Brechin is the formation in 1884 of a band to lead the local volunteer detachment, this band also took part in various local ceremonies related to the funeral of Queen Victoria and the welcome home to local men who served in the Boer War.’ Now consists of two Bands ‘always keen to welcome new pipers and drummers‘.

 

 

‘Formed in 1975 by a former member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and was known as the Plymouth Argyll Pipe Band. The band later became Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Association Pipes and Drums, and 1985 changed its name to ... City of Plymouth Pipe Band and is honoured to have the Lord Mayor of Plymouth as Patron. The Band is also honoured to be affiliated to 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery based at the Royal Citadel. The band performs at many displays, carnivals and ceremonial events all over the Westcountry.’

 

 

Founded 1908: ‘Continues to offer an excellent programme of instruction in piping and drumming from novice level and upwards. The members of the band mainly live in the Yorkshire/Derbyshire area and some travel from even further afield as Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire – such is the enthusiasm. The band welcomes visiting players of all levels and offers a particularly warm welcome to children, young people and student players from abroad during their time in the UK’.

 

‘The Band has enjoyed very generous support from the local community which it tries to repay by playing as often as possible at local events - though only when asked! Band policy remains to be non-competitive but to strive for improvement towards the aim of being “the best village pipe band” - at least in Comrie.’

 

‘Duns itself is a small market town set in the heart of the Eastern Scottish Borders. It is the county town of Berwickshire and as far as we know, has had a pipe band for the last 90 years or so ... The band and its members are available to play at any occasion. In return all we ask for is a donation towards our band funds to make sure we cover the cost of transport to and from the event and the wear and tear on the uniform and equipment ... You can choose from a single piper to the full band and booking couldn't be easier.’

 

'Re-formed in 1975 and consists of members from Elgin and surrounding areas. The band takes part in a variety of events including Highland Games, School Fetes and Charity Fundraisers. Our aim is to promote piping & drumming music in the local community.'

 

Founded 1945: 'One of the leading pipe bands in the world, and the most influential and successful pipe band from Northern Ireland ever ... The Band has won every major championship title available, including ten coveted World Pipe Band Championships, three  "Grand Slams", 13 Champions of Champions titles, 21 All Ireland Championships and 60 RSPBA major championship titles ...'

 

'Formed in October 2014 by a band of enthusiastic young pipers and drummers from the North East of Scotland. Recognising a need to build and nurture individual talents, the band came together with the aim of promoting and developing the playing of highland bagpipes and pipe band drumming in and around Aberdeen. All piping and drumming tutors are members of the pipe band community with years of competitive experience.'

 

'A community band, dedicated to promoting piping and drumming in East Lothian and to providing entertainment at local events such as gala days, community and charity events, and farmers' markets.'

 

Formed 1997: ‘Play at numerous events throughout the year, contact us to find out how we can add something special to your event. We can supply anything from a solo piper or mini band, to a full complement of pipes and drums ... Harpenden Pipe Band members enjoy playing a variety of styles, switching frequently from traditional marches, through to more "contemporary" styles. In short, we can best describe the Harpenden experience as innovative, professional, and most importantly, a lot of fun!’

 

‘Although history shows the formation of a pipe band on Islay in the early 1950’s, it wasn’t until 1992 that islanders decided to start the current Islay Pipe Band, which was duly formed and subsequently registered with the Royal Pipe Band Association in Glasgow ... The band travels to all the major competitions ... The band plays at numerous local events including Feis Ile, the Islay Beach Rugby Tournament and the Jura Music Festival.’

 

‘Based in Portree, on the Isle of Skye. We regularly play at functions across the north of Scotland, with our regular spot being in Somerled Square in Portree during the summer months.‘

 

‘On the 23rd November 1919, a pipe band was formed to parade through the streets of Kirkwall to commemorate the Armistice of 1918. Appearing only in civilian clothes, this was the first public appearance of what was to become the Kirkwall City Pipe Band (KCPB). One hundred years later, Kirkwall City is now a thriving and sociable band of around 70 pipers and drummers, including both learners as well as established players, with members ranging from their teens to their 70s.’

 

'Stornoway, the principal town of the Island of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland, is home of the Lewis Pipe Band. The Band parade in the town centre every Saturday evening from the end of May till the end of August, weather permitting! ... As well as competing, the Band plays at a variety of events and gala days throughout the Western Isles ... The Band is purely a voluntary body, and a registered charity, the Members receive no payment for their services, and it is totally dependent on public support for its continued existence.'

 

'Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band was established in 2000. The band is based in the West-End of Glasgow and currently competes in Grade 1.'

‘One of the most successful and celebrated pipe bands in history ... Based in the village of Shotts situated in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. Membership is drawn from both domestic and overseas world class piping and drumming talent. The band is in its second century of existence, having celebrated its centenary year in 2010 ... As well as appearing regularly at major pipe band championships, the band has performed at many sell-out concerts, television shows and high profile public and corporate events.’

 

‘When a few pipers and drummers from the Volunteer pipe band, later known as the Territorial Army Band, got together in 1913, Thurso Pipe Band was born ... The Band continues to flourish ... playing on Princes Street in Thurso during the summer months from June to September which proves very popular with tourists and the general public. The band also plays at galas, Highland Games and events throughout the North of Scotland while providing their services free of charge for a number of charities.’

 

‘Comprises three pipe bands ... The structure of three bands playing at different levels enables players to develop, with commitment and a lot of hard work, from beginner through to Grade 1 player with the prospect of competing in one of the best pipe bands in the world. To enable children to become involved in learning the instruments at the earliest opportunity the Vale provides tuition in the evening in both Pitlochry and Perth, alongside a project providing tuition within six of the Primary schools in Perth. The talent of the players in all the bands is in ready supply with many of today’s young Vale players regularly featuring in the prize lists of some of the most prestigious solo piping competitions.’

 

'A former Boy's Brigade pipe band which has been running for over 70 years in the Southside of Glasgow ... We cater for all levels of experience for both competition and leisure, and regularly play at events across Scotland and Europe.'

 

‘The Band was formed in 1973 under its original name of the Wallasey Pipe Band and brought together several ex-members of the 1st Battalion the Liverpool Scottish along with several other pipers and drummers in the area ... We are primarily a community band but are also registered with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and compete in the N.W. England branch indoor contests and also at some open contests during the Summer when possible ... ‘Every year they provide a popular source of entertainment at carnivals and fetes and are also regularly called upon to play for occasions of remembrance by the Royal British Legion and other Army and Navy Associations.’

 

Successful championship band ‘formed in the late 1960's as the Wednesfield Sea Scout and Ranger Pipe Band. The name was changed to the Wolverhampton Pipe Band in the early 1970's in recognition of its expanding membership ... To everyone who knows us we look forward to meeting you at some stage on the contest circuit and to anyone who is interested in learning, or is already an established piper or drummer, come and see us. We always welcome new members’.

 

'The heart and home of Pipe Bands world wide. The RSPBA is the recognised Centre of Excellence for the promotion and development of Pipe Band Music internationally.'

 

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