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About Scottish Power Pipe Band
A World Class Pipe Band
With international acclaim, worldwide honours and global experience, the ScottishPower Pipe Band is one of the top ten band’s in the world. The leading, Grade 1 Pipe Band combines the finest of Scottish musical tradition with intrinsic creative flair in vibrant performances that have earned them an international following.
ScottishPower became the title sponsor of the band in 1989 and are immensely proud of the band who are great ambassadors for the ScottishPower brand.
Led by Pipe Major Chris Armstrong and Drum Sargeant Barry Wilson, the ScottishPower Pipe Band has won most major championships over the years and is regularly placed in the World Pipe Band Championships.
Twice winners of the Scottish Championships and the Cowal Championships, the Band has also held the All-Ireland title and secured second place in the World Pipe Band Championships on two occasions.
Under the direction of the Pipe Major, the pipers and drummers of the ScottishPower Pipe Band are committed to musical excellence and maintaining the proud tradition of the Highland bagpipe.
But the Band is also renowned for musical innovation, delighting audiences with new compositions and exploring new frontiers through collaboration with selected artistes, ranging from Sir Paul McCartney, to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
On its latest album, “Cathcart”, the ScottishPower Pipe Band performs with two of Scotland’s leading performers, musician Phil Cunningham, MBE and vocalist Karen Matheson. Other tracks on this highly original album feature session musicians, providing yet another new dimension to the band’s music. The Cathcart CD and other titles by the ScottishPower Pipe Band are available via the website: www.greentrax.com.
The ScottishPower Pipe Band has performed to audiences all over the world, including in the US, Canada, Japan and China. In 2002 the Band led nearly 8,000 massed pipers and drummers through New York City on Tartan Day, marching with the Mayor of New York City and legendary Scots actor, Sir Sean Connery.
The Band has played for Her Majesty The Queen at Braemar and at the 75th Royal Variety Performance at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, as well as performing at events such as the Lord Mayor’s Show in London. They have played with Sir Paul McCartney at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and performed by invitation at the Vatican’s Christmas Concert.
Acting as ambassadors for ScottishPower, Band members have played at the New York Stock Exchange and at a Burns Supper attended by UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. The ScottishPower Pipe Band played at the opening of the Scottish Parliament and has supported numerous fund-raising events. The Band has appeared on TV networks throughout the world and continues to be in demand in the UK and internationally.
In addition to excellent standards of piping, the ScottishPower Pipe Band is renowned for the quality of its drummers and Drum Sergeant Barry Wilson lifted the title of World’s Leading Solo Drummer in 2007 and retained the title when he competed again in October 2008.
The Band is always immaculately turned out and on top of its musical awards it has in the past been voted Best Dressed Pipe Band. The pipers and drummers wear the distinctive ScottishPower tartan, which was created specially for them by designers at the Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels.