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 a great 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 and since then have risen steadily from Grade 4B to Grade 3A, winning the Scottish, British, two European titles and the (Grade 4A) Champion of Champions crown along the way.
Led by Pipe Major Nigel Morris and Leading Drummer Colin Latta, Islay Pipe Band currently compete in Grade 3A and will travel to all the major competitions, hoping to continue their success in the coming season.
* Regular weekly practices and tuition are held in Ionad Chaluim Chille Ile, Bowmore on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.


FUNDING
Running a competitive pipe band is a vey costly business - instruments and uniforms need to be maintained and new equipment purchased as new members join the ranks. Islay's remote location makes it even bigger challenge,  as the high cost of traveling to and from the island can prove very prohibitive.  Therefore Islay Pipe Band are indebted to KILCHOMAN DISTILLERY whose sponsorship has helped finance their accommodation and travel and thus enable the band to compete at the five major championships of 2013.   
The band plays at numerous events on the island, including 'Feis Ile' (The Festival of Malt and Music), the Islay Beach Rugby Tournament and the Isle of Jura Music Festival and also fund raises locally;  hosting dances, bingos etc, and running a very successful '100 Club' (details of which can be found opposite.)

Any donations are gratefully received and much appreciated by the band.  If you are interested in booking the band or would just like to get in touch,  please email: islaypipeband@hotmail.co.uk

 

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ISLE OF ISLAY PIPE BAND

Islay Pipe Band
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Charity  No. SCO28598 

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