East Kilbride Pipe Band History
East Kilbride Burgh Pipe Band was first formed in 1962 when a number of local players got together under the leadership of P/M John Campbell. After much fund-raising and grants from the local authority and development corporation, the band were able to purchase the necessary uniforms and equipment. The band competed in Grade 4 but quickly qualified for upgrading to Grade 3 in the late 60's after winning numerous competitions including the Grade 4 World Pipe Band Championships held in Inverness that year.
From the early 70's P/M John Hawthorn continued the success in the competition field, with 1975 being a particularly noteworthy season. That year the band were placed 3rd in the Scottish Pipe Band Championships, 4th in the World Championships and 2nd in the English Championships, narrowly missing being upgraded to Grade 2. In 1978 the band recorded an LP entitled "The Spirit of East Kilbride", which helped raise further funding for the band
Sadly, a lean spell during the mid 80's saw the band downgraded back to Grade 4 as well as a disbandment of the associated juvenile band.
In the early 90's, in an effort to return to the winning ways of the past, the then 2 pipe bands in the town - East Kilbride and Kilbryde - amalgamated under the leadership of P/M Fleming McAlpine to form the present-day East Kilbride Pipe Band.
In 1996 Roddy Shanks took over as Pipe Major and the band retuned to form, winning the European Pipe Band Championships, placing 4th at the Cowal Championships and 3rd at the Scottish Championships during a triumphant 1999 season. During this time, the band attended the renowned Ballerup Music Festival in Demark on several occasions, ensuring a strong link between East Kilbride and the twin town of Ballerup.
For the 2005 season, Fraser Dallas was appointed as Pipe Major, returning to his local band where he started-off at, some 12 years previously. With his experience gained from playing in Grades 1 and 2, Fraser set out to work hard with the band to raise the overall standard within the band, once again giving East Kilbride a Pipe Band to be proud of - and 2007 it all paid off.
That season proved to one of the most successful years in the history of the band seeing the band collect a prize in every single contest entered as well as placing at all of the Major Championships and ultimately winning Champion of Champions in Grade 4B. Following the success the band gained promotion into Grade 3 and with an ever increasing membership took the bold move of forming an additional competition band in Grade 4.