Scott Montague leading the Armistice Day parade
Milngavie Pipe Band was started over 40 years ago and in the intervening years many people have contributed time and energy into playing, teaching, running events and keeping the band going.
We have had our ups and downs over the years, but this year we are happy to welcome a new pipe major to the Grade 3 band, Scott Montague, who comes with a track record of success with the Clydebank band, and who is looking forward to a successful season on the competition field.
There is far more to being in a pipe band than the competing at Highland Games though. It costs £20,000 a year to keep the band and premises going, so we have a full programme of social and fundraising events.
We have had a busy year already (and it is only April!)
- Playing in the precinct in the snow and ice at Christmas time
- A very successful Burns Supper in January with a number of well known local speakers
- Coffee morning in February in the Fraser Centre with music in the precinct
- Band ceilidh dance in the town hall in March with MillRiel Ceilidh band.
And we have two more functions planned for April: a folk night in the Corbie Ha on Sat 17th and another of our popular Corbie Nights on Sat 24th when our guests from the Torphichen and Bathgate Pipe Band will play a few selections of tunes.
All events are open to the public and we extend an invitation to anyone interested in the music of Scotland to come along. Tickets (usually priced about £5) are available from band members on practice nights (Mondays/Wednesday/Thursdays from 7.30 to 9.30pm) or by phoning Hector Cruickshank on 0141 956 4144.
Author: Rona Dawson