City of Bristol Pipes and Drums


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Written by Administrator Monday, 02 May 2011 10:33

Welcome to City of Bristol Pipes and Drums. We are the premier Highland Pipe Band in the City of Bristol (UK). We play at a range of civic,  private and charity events both in the UK and Europe. Within this website you will find our calendar of events and all the information you will need to engage the band to play. If you are a piper or drummer, come and join our band. We welcome new members whatever your level.


City of Bristol Pipes and Drums Events 2016

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Written by Clive Reid Saturday, 06 August 2016 11:21


For details of the event go to the calendar. This will be updated as further events are booked.

St. Georges Day Parade Weston super Mare 24th. April
Winterbourne Carnival 2nd May
Private Wedding and Cameron Ceilidh 28th. May
Clevedon Pier Opening Ceremony 30th. May
Bust Charity Run Send Off 15th. May
Portishead Carnival 18th. June
Armed Forces Day Parade Clevedon 26th. June
Thornbury Carnival 2nd. July
Isle of Wight Highland Games 24th. July
Tetbury Summer Flower Show 14th. August
Bideford Massed Pipe Bands 10th. September
Bristol Poppy Day Launch 3rd. November
Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival 2016 5th. of November
Remembrance Day Parade Bristol 13th. November
Newbury Santa Parade and Christmas Lights Switch On 27th. of November
Staple Hill Christmas Fayre 3rd. of December

City of Bristol Pipes and Drums Events 2017

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Written by Clive Reid Friday, 05 August 2016 11:19

For details of the event go to the calendar. This will be updated as further events are booked.

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Clevedon Pier Re-Opening 2016

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Written by Clive Reid Friday, 03 June 2016 08:20

City of Bristol Pipes and Drums hits the big time. On a comfortable evening at the end of a warm day, band members answered our Clevedon based secretary’s call and turned out in large numbers. There were 19 pipers and 9 drummers. It would be easier to record those who were not there than to list those who were there. The celebrations had been going on all day and we were the final performance. Timed to coincide with sunset, and after negotiating the narrow entrance two abreast, the band smoothly re -dressed in rows of three and marched out across the pier to The Scotland the Brave set. A relay of nimble Pier Volunteers lifted the pennant strings above the drones as we marched. The structure withstood our regular step without resonating too wildly! Once at the end of the pier we formed a circle and entertained an enthusiastic crowd to an excellent rendition of “Sailing”, “The Skye Boat Song Set” and the “9/8s” (Battle of the Somme, Heights of Dargai, The City of Bristol Pipes and Drums and Entry into Crater). Our return was to the “Wings” set with a final rendition of “Bonnie Dundee” when safely ashore. We led the crowds off the pier and stayed with them to watch an excellent firework display.


Pipe Major: Julian Smart
Pipers: Sandy Kemlo, Di Holl, Ian Wyllie (all from Clevedon) Andy Whitelaw, Andy Strachan, Stuart McDowall, Bill Rivett, Carol Varney, Sarah Stacey, Alan McKellar, Andy Ferguson, Andy Warn, Ryan Smart, Callum Bryant, Clive Reid, Bob Smyth, Andy Wolf, James Macpherson.
Leading Tip: Jim Macmillan
Drummers: Toby Stacey, Anthony McGrory, Adam Brown, Jasper Williams, Maxine Warn, Linsay Proctor, Mason Bryant, Louise Cameron


Newbury Christmas Lights Switch On 2015

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Written by Clive Reid Monday, 30 November 2015 22:10

For the second year, the City of Bristol Pipes and Drums turned out for this happy occasion. The weather, as predicted, was not too good. The wind blew and the rain poured. Despite that a large band assembled on time having travelled together in shared cars.

The organisers and our police escort were anxious to get us on the way and immediately after tuning and without a warm up set we were on our way leading a much depleted parade. The wind and the rain made playing and listening difficult and our street side audience was very sparse.

Despite stepping out so promptly, we were brought to a halt some way short of the city centre and we had to linger awhile in the rain. Carol and Bill wisely commandeered a bus shelter and the drum corp took advantage of the situation to do what they do best - beating a rhythmic tattoo. We were later to learn that the delay had unfortunately been the result of a medical emergency in the city centre.

We were eventually welcomed into the centre where there was a good crowd who had braved the elements. We took up our reserved position and countermarched to face the proceedings. After some, difficult to hear announcements, and an enthusiastic build up, the lights were duly switched on to cheers and drum beats. At this point our Drum Major raised his Mace tipped with a glowing florescent lighting strip and waved it in the air. I thought he was getting a little exuberant and wanted to join in the Christmas Light festivities but in fact he was calling for the band to form a circle. Fortunately most understood his intentions and we then played a number of sets. We were sheltered from the wind and piping was more enjoyable. We attracted an appreciative audience but after we finished most people quickly departed to seek a warm hearth.

Pipe Major: Julian Smart

Drum Major: Adrian Hart

 Leading Tip: Jim McMillan

Pipers: Billy Wardrope, Sandy Kemlo, Bill Rivett, Carol Varney, Stuart McDowall, Ian Wyllie, Andrew Whitelaw, Ryan Smart, Bob Smyth, Clive Reid, Sarah Stacey, Alan McKellar.

Bass Drum: Adam Brown,

Drummers:  Michelle James, Linsay Proctor, Jasper Williams, Toby Stacey, Mason Bryant


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