The Neilston & District Pipe Band was founded in 1970, in the townships of Neilston and Barrhead.
The band performs for Parades, Weddings, Conferences, Gala Days & Special events. The dress worn is the traditional kilt and plaid with accompanying dress and cross belts (no. 1 uniform). Pipe Major Iain McDonald leads the band.
Neilston Pipe Band has played all over the world including Canada USA, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain, Bangkok, Tokyo, China & the Philippines.
Reports of a pipe band in Neilston date back around 200 years. Records of 1819 say that a group from Neilston played “Scots Wha Hae wi Wallace bled” (College of Piping Tutor, Book 1) at a rally of Scottish Radicals in Paisley on 11 September. On that occasion, the band sensed trouble with the police — a tradition we maintain to the present day — and escaped down Storie Street. However, it is equally probable that the band had to rush off to another gig.
In more recent times, a band formed in 1970, and that marks the start of today’s Neilston & District Pipe Band. It draws its members from the townships of Neilston and Barrhead, 15km southwest of Glasgow. The band has a pipe corps playing the great highland bagpipe, and a drum corps of snare, tenor and bass instruments. Pipe Major Iain MacDonald leads the ensemble.
The tartan of the band’s kilts is MacKenzie — Army 5a — worn of old by the Seaforth Highlanders (72nd and 79th Foot) and, of course, Glasgow’s regiment, the Highland Light Infantry (71st and 74th Foot).
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