....Islay Pipe Band will be competing in Grade 2 for the 1st time on Saturday 21st May at the British Championships in Paisley. Good luck to everyone competing on the day!!....
BAND HISTORY
 Like so many of the Hebridean isles, the Isle of Islay has been blessed with pipe music for the past two millennia and for many years the Islay Piping Society dominated the music scene on the island. Although history shows the formation of a pipe band in the early 1950’s, it wasn’t until April 1992 that some islanders got together and decided to start the current Islay Pipe Band.  It was duly formed and subsequently registered with the Royal Pipe Band Association in Glasgow and under the leadership of Nigel Morris, the band won their first trophy at Pitlochry in 2006.  Since then, the band has progressed steadily from Grade 4B to Grade 3A, winning the Scottish, British, two European titles and a (Grade 4A) Champion of Champions crown along the way.
Led by Pipe Major Nigel Morris and Leading Drummer Aidrian Watt, Islay Pipe Band were promoted to Grade 2 and  attend all the major competitions, hoping to continue their success in the coming season.
In the past the band has taken part in New York's 'Tartan Day Parade' and has performed in major venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh with 'John Rae's Celtic Big Feet'.
Islay Pipe Band play at many events around Islay and Jura, including 'Feis Ile' (
The Festival of Malt and Music), the Islay Beach Rugby Tournament, The Isle of Jura Music Festival and numerous weddings and ceilidhs.

* Regular weekly practices and tuition are held in' Ionad Chaluim Chille Ile' Bowmore on Tuesday and Thursday evenings - Contact Nigel Morris for more info.
FUNDING
Funding a competitive pipe band is a very expensive business....from the twice weekly hire of the practice venue, maintenance of pipes, drums, uniforms and the purchase of equipment for new members; to the added financial burden which living on Islay places on the band.   The high cost of travel to and from the island can prove extremely prohibitive and therefore Islay Pipe Band are indebted to Kilchoman Distillery  whose sponsorship since 2012 has helped finance accommodation and travel, thus enabling the band to compete at all five major championships on the mainland. 
Recently, the band organised a dinner-dance at the Grosvener Hilton Hotel in Glasgow which was an outstanding success and they continue to fund-raise locally,  hosting dances, bingos etc and of course the ever popular '100 Club' -  details of which can be found opposite. 
With the ongoing support of Kilchoman Disillery and the many individuals and businesses both on Islay and the mainland, the band can hopefully continue in its role as worthy Islay ambassadors for many years to come!
Any donations to the Islay Pipe Band are gratefully received and very much appreciated.  If you are interested in booking the band for an event, please email for more information to: islaypipeband@hotmail.com  


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2016 BAND SCHEDULE


SAT 21st MAY
BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS, PAISLEY

FEIS ILE - 22/29TH MAY

SUNDAY 22d
BRUICHLADDICH  OPEN DAY

THURSDAY 26th
KILCHOMAN OPEN DAY

SAT 11TH JUNE
UK CHAMPIONSHIPS, BELFAST

SAT 25TH JUNE

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, FORRES


SAT 30TH JULY
SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS, DUMBARTON

THURS 11TH AUGUST
ISLAY SHOW

SAT 13TH AUGUST
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, GLASGOW

SAT 27
TH AUGUST
COWAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

SAT/SUN 24/25TH SEPTEMBER
ISLE OF JURA MUSIC FESTIVAL



 ISLAY PIPE BAND 100 CLUB



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