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.

 

Remembrance Day Parade 2016

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Written by Clive Reid Sunday, 20 November 2016 20:56

In this centenary year of the Battle of the Somme, Remembrance Day took on a special poignance. The Magnitude of the occasion was emphasised by a very moving artwork depicting the scale of the slaughter on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Each individual manikin, wrapped in a shroud, represents a British soldier killed. They were laid out on College Green in a devastating and memorable display.Ryan_Smart_before_Field_of_Fallen.jpg

Our youngest piper, Ryan Smart, proudly wearing his great grandfather’s medals, stands before the field of the fallen just before taking part in the Remembrance Day Parade.

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The Band, The City of Bristol Pipes and Drums, was once again honoured to lead the Parade. We were delighted to be supported by our President Don Cameron and his wife Maggie. This year we could not assemble around the Cenotaph and instead the parade ended in Queen Square. It was a 28 strong band consisting of the Drum Major, 17 pipers and 10 drummers. Marching four across, as we crossed the city centre we had to reduce to two abreast and then reform to four abreast while on the march.
While gathered in Queen Square and awaiting the 11th hour, the band played four slow tunes, the last of which was The Battle of the Somme. Pipe Sergeant Sandy Kemlo (now Pipe Major) played Flowers of the Forest as the lone piper.

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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.

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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

   

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