FMM to wear new Drumalig kilts at Dumbarton
The 2006 World Pipe Band Champions, Field Marshal Montgomery, will wear brand new kilts at the Scottish Pipe Band Championships in Dumbarton, Scotland, on May 19 with a tartan designed especially for the band.
The new “Drumalig” tartan was designed for the band by R.G. Hardie & Co. and is based on the Royal Stewart tartan that the band has worn for decades. The company used Tartan Designer software to create a computer-generated image of the new tartan.
“Through consultations with the FMM business team, parameters were set to establish how the new tartan would look,” said R.G. Hardie Managing Director Alastair Dunn, who is also FMM pipe-sergeant.
The name of the tartan comes from the town of Drumalig in Northern Ireland where the band started in 1945, under its first pipe-major, Billy Maxwell, who now serves as the band’s president.
R.G. Hardie is part of the St. Kilda Group, which sponsors FMM. Several members of the band will also be playing new Peter Henderson bagpipes made by R.G. Hardie. Dunn added that the St. Kilda Group “prides itself on innovation and has developed the Piper Range which is worn by the band.”
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