St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg Pipe Band
The St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg Pipe Band of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is one of province’s best pipe bands, and only recently has the band made themselves stand out in the worldwide piping community.
From basically never competing, the band won almost every competition they played in in 2000, including events in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Minnesota. In 2001 the band plans to play at the North American Championships at Maxville, Ontario. The band also does many performances, including a recent “Celtic Connections” concert put on by the St. Andrews Society at Winnipeg’s Walker Theater, featuring the Hadhirgaan fiddle group from Orkney, Scotland.
The St. Andrew’s Society Pipe Band was formed in 1973 through the efforts of graduates of the Lord Selkirk Boy Scout Pipe Band. Pipe Major Bob Fraser was approached with the proposal that a band be formed from ex-members of the LSPSPB.
The band is still primarily made up of ex-members of the LSBSPB but has acquired other players who wish to play in a competitive band. At present the band comprises 20 pipers, eight snares, and three tenor/bass players. Many of the band’s players are top prize winners in solo events, and many members compete in solo competitions all over North America.
With its extensive repertoire, the St. Andrew’s Pipe Band performs for virtually any audience. Combining traditional music and contemporary tunes the band is known for putting on a good show. According to band member Rob Bailie, “The band’s strength and success have come, and will continue to come, from the commitment of the band members to the organization.”
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