A Brief History of the Band

The Buffalo Caledonian Pipe Band was formed in 1958 as a reorganization of the successful Gordon Highlanders pipe band.  Over the past 57 years, the band has experienced many changes:  drummers have become pipers, members have moved away, moved on, and sadly, some have passed away.

            The band is a family-based organization with brothers, cousins, nephews, husbands and wives, sons and daughters all in the band together. 

The band's commitment to teaching has produced a solid core of pipers and drummers. Also, many players have gone on to play at the highest levels in both piping and drumming, including the World Championships in Scotland.

The band performs 15-20 engagements a year, including local parades, concerts, highland gatherings, as well as pipe band competitions in Ontario and the Northeastern United States.

Some recent performances by the band worth noting are:
ScottishPower Tunes of Glory Parade, New York City
Notre Dame University
Rochester International Marine Tattoo
Tunes of Glory Parade, Edinburgh, Scotland 

            After a couple years off from competition, the band returned to the field in 2005 and competed at the grade 5 (beginning) level, and were promoted at the end of the season to the next highest level, Grade 4. This coming year, we plan to compete at several Highland games. Check our calendar often for updates!!

Some recent competition results of note:
         Central New York Scottish Games – 1st place grade 5 (2005)
Isle of Bute Highland Games (Rothesay, Scotland) – 4th place grade 4 (2005)
Central New York Scottish Games - 1st place Grade 4 (2008, 2009, 2010)
Ithaca Scottish Festival - 1st place Grade 4 (2009)
Great American Irish Festival - 1st place Grade 4 (2010)
Hunter Mountain Celtic Festival - 1st place Grade 4 (2010)

Caledonian Pipes and Drums of Buffalo is proud to be an independent, self-sustaining organization, and is a registered not-for-profit organization.

In Memoriam

Alex Calder
William Dann
James Gowrie
John Kirkpatrick
Brian MacDonald
DS Robert Malcolm
Al Melhtretter
John Orr (Treasurer)
PM Max Perry
John Quinn
Frank Reilly
PM James Sinclair
DS Jack Strickland
Bill Wakelam

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