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27 April 05
Caithness Junior Pipe Band  - New Pages
The band currently has 20 members are from all over Caithness.

The band hope to take part in the massed pipe band fest which will be held in Edinburgh on 21st August 2005. The band are currently raising funds to enable the trip and are holding a ceilidh dance in the British Legion in Thurso on  Saturday 7th May 2005.

The band are holding a raffle to be drawn on 30th July and have have been fortunate enough to secure some really great prizes like 2 night family stay in Inverness and free trial flight in Wick plus lots of family passes and vouchers to different centres ie Landmark, Aqua Dome, Quad Biking and many more.

The band have several new young members who would like to join us on the trip and musically will be ready to do so but we need to kit them out. The band would appreciate any local sponsorship from either companies or individuals.

UKAEA Helps Dress Caithness Junior Pipe Band
For Pipefest
The members of Caithness Junior Pipe Band are very grateful to UKAEA Dounreay for supplementing their uniform with fleece jackets. Since its formation in 2002, the band is appearing more often in public events and the provision of a suitable uniform is essential especially in the winter months and cool summer evenings. The band relies heavily on fundraising to buy uniforms and equipment. The highlight for the band in 2005 is playing in Pipefest in Edinburgh on Sunday 21st August. This is a very special event for which it is hoped that 20,000 pipers and drummers will be marching through The Royal Park at Holyrood. To mark this occasion we have decided to purchase dress jackets for the band so that they will look their best for the cameras. We will all be working hard until then raising funds through raffles, dances and playing at public events. We hope that the public will come and see us play throughout the year and give us your support. Caithness Junior Pipe Band are pictured here wearing their new fleece jackets with Garry Baxter of UKAEA prior to playing to guests of the cruise liner Van Goghat Scrabster Pier last week.

14 November 04
Wick Piping and Chanter Competitions
The annual piping and chanter competitions organised by Wick RBLS Pipe Band took place in the Wick Pipe Band Hall last Saturday. Although entries in some competitions were slightly down on previous years, the organisers expressed themselves very happy with the standard of competition throughout the day. The adjudicator Campbell McGougan from Dingwall was also impressed with the standards. Results were as follows:
Willie Sutherland Quaich for Practice Chanter 12 years and under,
Open and Confined 1st Chloe Smith, 2nd Mark Moodie, 3rd Angela Watt
Bobby Coghill Trophy for Bagpipe March 13 years and under,
Open 1st Hannah MacKay 2nd Keith Baxter 3rd Andrew Watt
Confined 1st Keith Baxter 2nd Andrew Watt 3rd Fiona Sutherland
Wick Accordion & Fiddle Club Shield for Bagpipe March 18 years and under
Open 1st Laura Mennie 2nd Catriona Quirie 3rd Nadia Gray
Confined 1st Laura Mennie 2nd Nadia Gray 3rd Laura Sandison
Dada Davidson Trophy for Bagpipe Strathspey & Reel 18 years and under
Open 1st Hannah MacKay 2nd Laura Mennie 3rd Nadia Gray
Confined 1st Laura Mennie 2nd Nadia Gray 3rd Keith Baxter
The David Trophy for Bagpipe Trio 18 years and under
1st Laura Mennie/Ailsa Bogle/Laura Sandison
2nd Laura Mennie/Marianne Hughes/Nadia Gray
RBLS Wick Branch Trophy for Open March
1st Alan Plowman 2nd Laura Mennie 3rd Hannah MacKay
Wick RBLS Pipe Band Trophy for Open Strathspey & Reel
1st Alan Plowman 2nd Laura Mennie 3rd Hannah MacKay
Harry Coghill Memorial Trophy for Bagpipe Hornpipe & Jig
1st Alan Plowman 2nd Laura Mennie
Georgina Munro Trophy for Bagpipe Trio
1st Stuart Tait/Colin MacKay/Bobby Coghill
2nd Laura Mennie/Alan Plowman/Keith Baxter
MacKenzie Webb Drumming Trophy Gregor Cowie
Drum Major Raymond MacDonald Trophy for most improved pupil in piping Nadia Gray
Drum Major Raymond MacDonald Trophy for most improved pupil in drumming Peter Body
Wick Pipe Band Web ?Site For More Photos

31 October 04
Caithness Junior Pipe Band
At The Boys Brigade Reception

12 July 04
Wick Pipe Band Week Ends with Fancy Dress Parade

2 June 04

Thurso pipe band kicks of their season on Saturday (5th of June) where they will be playing at the Scrabster fayre in the afternoon. In the evening, the band will make the first of its scheduled parades in Princes Street, Thurso starting at 7.30pm. If the weather is particular adverse, the band is to go through its repertoire in the town’s Skinandi’s nightclub by kind permission of Brian Cardosi, where the public would be most welcome.
As well as the usual galas and games, the band will once again be crossing the Pentland Firth to Orkney to participate in a massed bands parade organised by the Kirkwall City Pipe band in Broad Street, Kirkwall in mid July.
At the start of August the “Taste of Tartan” will be playing host to a traditional Dutch dancing group Folkoristische Vereeniging “Markelo” They have several workshops etc, planned for the first weekend in August and it is hoped they will be able to join the band in their weekly street parade. The band will also be travelling to the Nairn Highland games at the end of August.
Band secretary David Manson said, “We have a particular busy season ahead of us one which we are looking forward to, hopefully during the season the Caithness Junior Pipe Band will be making one or two appearances with us”
As reported in the Groat in April the Thurso Band enjoyed a hugely successful trip to New York.
For more information on the Thurso Pipe band-                         www.thursopipeband.co.uk  

Thurso Pipe Band In New York 2004

30 March 04
Thurso Pipe Band have done all their final preparations for their journey to New York to participate in the well known Tartan Day Parade on Saturday 3rd April 2004.  The Band’s final preparations included their last practice, and a TV interview with North Tonight which will be shown before the band leaves on Wednesday, and the unveiling of a banner, which Band President Billy Gunn will be displaying when he marches at the head of the band at Saturday’s Parade in New York.

21 March 04
Thurso Pipe Band All Set For Tartan Day In New York
The Thurso Pipe band are in their final preparations to travel over to  America to take part in the Tartan Day Parade in New York on the 3rd of April 2004. There will be in the region of 2000 individuals, including pipers, drummers and Scottish groups from around the World taking part in the cities 6th annual tartan Day Parade. The parade marches down 6th Avenue from 44th Street to 58th Street at Central Park. as well as the tartan Day parade the band will be playing at several other functions. The band departs for America on the 31st of March with 20 plating members as well as partners. While the band is over in New York they will being doing as much as we can to promote the Caithness area.  if any local organisations, businesses are interested in reaching the New York markets with the aid of the pipe band please contact band secretary David Manson on 01847891042. More information about tartan day can be seen on www.tartanweek.com or on the bands website, www.thursopipeband.co.uk The band would like to thank all businesses, organisations and individuals who have made the bands trip possible.

16 November 03

Wick Piping And Chanter Comps 2003 16 November

Thurso Piping and Chanter Comps 2003 16 November

4 November 03
A History Of Thurso Pipe Band
Thurso Pipe Band have just released a book on the history of the band from 1913 to the bands 90th anniversary year 2003. The book was researched and written by Sheila Plowman and is now for sale at £10.00.  It will be available from Sheila Plowman on 01847 893901 or the band secretary David Manson on 01847 891042 or by contacting any band member.

1 November 03
Thurso Pipe Band March Wick To Thurso

8 October 03
Piping and Chanter Competitions

Wick RBLS Pipe Band will be holding their annual piping and chanter competitions in the Pipe Band Hall, High Street, Wick on Saturday 15th November commencing at 10.00am. There will be various competitions for juniors and open. Most of the competitions are for solos but there will also be competitions for junior and open trios.
Application forms are available from Pipe Major Bobby Coghill, 19 Elzy Road, Staxigoe, Wick KW1 4QU telephone 01955 602907

3 October 03
Wick Pipe Band German Trip 2003

6 September 03
Wick Pipe Band Final Summer Show

Wick RBLS Pipe Band will be holding their final Summer Show in the Pipe Band Hall, High Street, Wick at 8pm on Wednesday 10th September Admission costs £3 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. This is a Scottish Variety Show and features a mini Pipe Band, Scottish Dance Band, Highland Dancers, Vocalists and a guest artist.   Another successful season of Scottish show - if you missed earlier ones then this is the last chance till next summer...................

Wick Pipe Band - Weekly Scots Show
Every Wednesday at Wick Pipe Band Hall until 10 September
Traditional Scottish entertainment.

Wick Band Plays most Saturday nights till 10 September
Wick Pipe Band Parades most Saturday evenings supported by Elise Lyall School of Dance if not playing or dancing elsewhere.

29 July 03
Thurso Pipe Band 90 Years Anniversary Pictures

12 July 03
Wick Pipe Band Week - Fancy Dress Parade Night

A big crowd turned out to see the increasingly popular fancy dress night at the end of Wick Pipe Band Week.  With a few highland Dancers for good measure it was a great end to a busy week for the band.

12 July 03
Caithness Junior Pipe Band At Latheron Show

15 June 03
Halkirk Gala - Thurso Pipe Band

Massed Pipe Bands Inverness 14 June 2003

4 June 03
A Few Events For Wick Pipe Band

Friday 20th June Wick harbour night time of Event 6 PM
Saturday 21st June Midsummer Madness Market Square time of Event 2PM
Thursday 26th - 28th Thrift shop - Pipe Band Hall time 10am - 3 pm

23 April 03
Easter With Wick Pipe Band

Wick Pipe Band has had a busy Easter with the Easter Eggstravaganza in Market Square Wick

4 April 03
Thurso Pipe Band Sets Out Their New Season Of Events
The Thurso Pipe Band web site has updated the web site with all the events for 2003 and pictures of some past events.

6 March 03
Wick Pipe Band Dance
Wick RBLS Pipe Band will be holding their annual buffet dance in the Pipe Band Hall, High Street, Wick at 8pm on Saturday 15th March 2003, music by Remix. Admission is by ticket only and cost £10 each from John Bogle 01955 603080

23 February 03
Wick Pipe Band Looking For Old Photographs And Artefacts
Wick RBLs Pipe Band is in the process of upgrading the Pipe Band Hall, High Street, Wick and hope to make the hall more attractive to both visitors and locals by displaying old pipe band photographs and artefacts. An appeal has been launched for anyone with old photographs of the Wick Pipe Band to donate or lend them to the pipe band. Other old artefacts are also required as is a shop mannequin to display an old uniform.
Once the Hall has been upgraded there will be open days to enable the public to see the exhibits
Anyone with items which may be of interest can contact the band secretary John Bogle, Cronan Na Mara, Papigoe, Wick KW1 4RD telephone 01955 603080

22 February 2003
Thurso Pipe Band 90th Anniversary Reunion
The band are trying to contact former members of the band for a reunion to celebrate their 90th anniversary.  A buffet/dance will be held in Thurso on Saturday 19 July.  anyone interested in attending the reunion can contact David Manson secretary on 01847 891042.  the band will be performing on the same day with Kirkwall city, Wick RBLS, Ardgay/Bonar Bridge and the Caithness Junior Pipe Bands.

1 February 2003
Wick Pipe Band Changes
Supporters of the Band are being invited to become associate members. The annual fee will be £5 and in addition to supporting the Band, it is intended that associate members will also be eligible for a range of benefits..............
Application Form To Become an Associate Member

23 January 2003
New Baldrick For Wick Pipe Band

18 November 2002
Wick Piping Competitions Winners

21 September 2002
Massed Bands & Fireworks Display

2 September 2002
Wick Pipe Band Last Parade Summer 2002

1 September 2002
Thurso Pipe Band Visit To Brilon

13 July 2002
Wick Pipe Band Fancy Dress

13 July 2002
Wick Pipe Band At Latheron Show

5 July 2002
Wick Pipe Band At RNLI Harbour Evening

June 2002
Thurso Pipe Band - First Outing Of The Year

30 March 2002
Wick Pipe Band Coffee Morning With Entertainment

30 March 2002
Market Square, Wick

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Come Over The Ord - Video
A new video has just been released today by Ross Records called "Come Over the Ord", it features traditional Scottish music performed by Caithness artists and lovely Caithness scenery. It is available from Wick RBLS Pipe Band c/o John Bogle, Cronan Na Mara, Papigoe, Wick, Scotland KW1 4RD at a cost of £12.99 including post and packaging (£15.99 inc P&P for the North America and Japan version)