Published: February 28, 2006

Polkemmet ‘out of the red’

The Polkemmet Pipe Band of Whitburn, Scotland, says that it is “out of the red” after weathering a no-drummers situation that caused the band to reconsider its viability.

The band revealed that it now has five side drummers on the books, and is still actively recruiting members. The band says that it plans to compete in the 2006 season.

Polkemmet is planning to hold a fund-raising ceilidh on March 4th and adds a Web site will be unveiled in the next few weeks.

Established in 1917, the Polkemmet Pipe Band is one of the world’s oldest and most accomplished civilian bands. After its most successful years in Grade 1 in the 1980s and ’90s, the band has gone through leadership and grading changes, and now competes in Grade 2 under Pipe-Major David Barnes.

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