The Season of Lights is on us, while other pipe bands stay indoors and coory up to the fire we of Kilbarchan Pipe Band are out and about welcoming Santa, spreading joy and illuminating trees, architecture and street furniture all over the place. Continue reading The Lights Fantastic
Our metamorphosis continues; to be a competent competition winning band, not a giant insect. Continue reading Seasonings Greetings
Our big, open to all, VIP guests and bring your Granny Gala Presentation was in the Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre on the 1st of December. Continue reading Activities for Cold Nights
This nearly slipped under my radar as I fret and fuss about the Somme show. We have run a Christmas Fayre with stalls for the last few years and it’s always a sugar fuelled arts and crafts extravaganza. Continue reading Crimble Fayre
Christmas Party, we only do it for the kids! The last few practices before christmases have been cups of juice and sweeties affairs. This year the ladies of the Unelected Social Committee planned a proper party for the weans and there seem to be more and more every week. Pity those with music prelims after the holidays because they are the only ones working. Continue reading The Office Party!
The season of Lights is upon us and as a band we do our fair share of welcoming the big chap in the red suit. The bone chilling Saint Andrew’s Day call off is behind us and we are fired up for the Erskine Tree of Honour service. The pipers are crammed into a shoebox when I arrive. Stoo spots right away that I’m wearing jeans and a Crocodile Dundee hat and demands an excuse for not playing. Continue reading Step into the Light
People who know this band know that we never have a closed season, there is always something on the go. Helping to tell the story of Kilbarchan or stepping in to save a wedding are just some of the things we get asked to do, the fundraising for Albert has however begun to permeate all our activities and discussions. Continue reading Seasons Bleatings
You thought that after the Cèilidh it all went quiet ’til May, a village band never rests. We turned out to lead the Remembrance Day parade on a cold but bright Sunday morning. An 8 o’clock start holds no fears for us and we are soon tuned and being given last minute instructions on deportment and etiquette suitable to a band at the front of what is a fairly important parade these days. I like the ceremonial and martial air of these parades, colours paraded, everyone on their best behavior, shoes shined, kilts pressed and chrome polished. The Reverent Stephen Smith took the ceremony at the War Memorial, where the village organisations’ wreaths were laid, respect paid and Melissa played the lament. Continue reading Remembrance n Cakes n Santa n that!