December 15, 2022

Kilt cause: two-year-old Grade 2 Cascadia crowdfunding for a uniform tartan

In the 1970s, Vancouver’s Triumph Street rose to the heights of Grade 1 in non-uniform attire, with mismatched kilts, a variety of sporrans, shoes, buckles, and coverless bags.

Almost 50 years later, the one-year-old Cascadia Pipe Band of nearby Seattle has been promoted to Grade 2, becoming the first band from the Pacific Northwest metropolis to reach that status since the City of Seattle Pipe Band disbanded in 1990.

Like their Triumph Street forebears, Cascadia has done it with uniform sound but without uniform . . . uniforms.

The Cascadia Pipe Band in their mismatched kilts.


It’s hard out there for a modern pipe band trying to afford the expensive trappings that some with our art.

Now, Cascadia is hoping to raise enough money through a crowdfunding campaign to kit out all 27 members in matching kilts.

The band’s GoFundMe page has already attracted US$3,500 donations on its way to achieving their goal of $5,000.

The now defunct City of Seattle rose to Grade 2 status but disbanded in 1990. Cascadia members Terry Raymond (front row furthest left) and Bill Hughes (front row fifth from left) played with City of Seattle.

Patrick Downing is the pipe-major and, somewhat ironically, former Dowco-Triumph Street members and siblings Aaron Stone and Amber Stone are pipe-sergeant and lead-drummer, respectively. Two Cascadia members, Terry Raymond and Bill Hughes, played with City of Seattle.

The band was launched in in 2021 in the shadow of the pandemic’s second year. Most of the members came up through the Northwest Junior Pipe Band. After “aging out,” many members were looking for a band to join, but with few available locally. Most of the members of Cascadia live within a 45-minute drive to twice-weekly practices.

pipes|drums has made a monetary contribution to the Cascadia kilt cause.





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