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RSPBA Competition Luton 2019

THE BAND DELIVERS AT THE RSPBA COMPETITION IN LUTON Representatives of the City of Bristol Pipes and Drums travelled to Luton on 7th April 2019 to take part in the RSPBA London and South of England Branch competition for quartets and mini-bands. Travelling with an early start didn’t hold them back, and Band A came…

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A Royal Visit to Bristol

During which a new Sikh War Memorial was unveiled. Five pipers from the City of Bristol Pipe Band played at a ceremony in Castle Park, Bristol today 2nd April, attended by the Duke of Kent and civic dignitaries. The Bishop of Bristol blessed the newly-renovated well of St Agnes, the earliest source of clean water…

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In Memory of Bill Gass

Bill playing on the morning of his marriage to Andrea Blyth in July 2017. Today the 25th. of March 2019 was the bittersweet occasion of Bill Gass’s Funeral. His coffin was piped to the Crematorium by Julian Smart playing the tune The Kilworth Hills a 3/4 march.  Jules also played The Wandering Piper at the Committal. Members of the Swansea Pipe…

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Band at BIRU Christmas 2018

Members of the City of Bristol Pipes and Drums provided a small band as part of the Christmas entertainment program at BIRU the Brain Injury ReHabilitation Unit at Frenchay. Six pipers and two drummers provided the perfect volume for the indoor venue. Staff and patients alike enjoyed the program. Dress was informal! Pipers: Ian Wyllie,…

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Horses of the Mounted Police and the Bagpipes

https://twitter.com/ASPoliceHorses/status/1060186275209244674?s=15 https://twitter.com/ASPoliceHorses/status/1060244363719163904?s=15 “A group of pipers from the Band assisted the Avon And Somerset Mounted Division prepare for Remembrance Sunday 2018 by piping for the horses at their HQ in Clevedon. Some of the new horses will be taking part in the parade for the first time and will never have seen or heard bagpipes…

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Competitions at the Isle of Wight Highland Gathering 2018

Members of The City of Bristol Pipe Band made an early start on 22 July 2018 to attend the Isle of Wight Highland Gathering. A regular date in our piping calendar, the Gathering includes Band and Solo competitions. This year the Band arrived in good time and entered a number of categories, playing the new…

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City of Bristol Pipes and Drums Prize Winners

The City of Bristol’s own pipe band returned from Royal Pipe Band Association contests in St Albans this weekend with the Islay Trophy, competing with bands from across the South of England. Lead drummer Jim McMillan (pictured left) and Pipe Major Sandy Kemlo accepted the prize for the Band. Established for over 20 years, and…

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A New Website for The City of Bristol Pipes and Drums

A few months ago the old website, which had begun to creak with old age, finally succumbed as it no longer met the security demands of the Host Server. It had served us well as an effective public face and attracted many contacts from across the world. A holding page and contact page have been…

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