The Reading Scottish Pipe Band are delighted to have been nominated for a 2018 Reading Cultural Award in the Cultural Ambassadors category. Please help our nomination by further supporting us at http://bit.ly/2o3dY7z.
On 16 December at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, and on 22 & 23 December 2017 at Wembley Arena (SSE Arena) in London, The Reading Scottish Pipe Band were honoured to be asked back to join André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra on their UK tour. The band had an amazing time on all three days and every member of the band were thrilled to be asked to perform again with such a fantastic orchestra and on such a big stage
We also have a selection of photos from the concerts we have played with André Rieu both in 2017 and 2012 in an article in the Pictures of the Band section
On 23rd September we took part in the Reading University Freshers' Fayre. We are based really close to the University, so if you missed us but are still interested in joining the band, even if you've never played before, drop us an email or contact us via Facebook. If you are interested in drumming and/or competing in the World Championships, even better.
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The Reading Scottish Pipe Band is delighted to announce the launch of a new project to attract new young players to the world of piping and drumming. Pipe Corporal, Bill Copland has been appointed as Youth Development Officer to lead the initiative.
On announcing the plan he said, “We want to find new young players between the ages of 8 and 18 who want to learn to play the bagpipes or become pipe band drummers. We have all the resources available to teach complete beginners, or develop players who already play other musical instruments. We want to form a Youth Band to play at parades and concerts alongside the senior band and ultimately develop players to move up when they are ready. A Pipe Band is a great environment for youngsters to make new friends and build teamwork and leadership skills. It’s free to learn and we’ll even provide loan instruments for beginners. Just call or email the band, or even come along on a Monday night to see us.”
Further details and contacts are available via the Youth Band links on the band website.
Fortcoming engagements will be highlighted here. For full details and a full listing of forthcoming band engagements, see our Events Diary.
|6-13 March||N/A||Away trip - Agrigento, Scicly
Almond Blossom Festival & International Folklore Festival
|13-16 April||N/A||Away trip - Cholet, France
|Sun 15 April||from 9:30am||Indoor Mini-bands & Quartets Competition, St Albans|
|Sun 28 April||from 10:30am||Charity Collection, Broad Street, Reading|
|Sun 6 May||from 11am||Reading Beer Festival, Christchurch Meadows, Reading|
|Sun 13 May||from 9:30am||Jim McGinn Memorial Competition, St Albans|
|Mon 28 May||TBC||Farnborough Donkey Derby, King George Paying Fields, Farnborough|
* the times shown are approximate start times of band performances. See the links on our events diary page for more info on the event timings
The Reading Scottish Pipe Band has been growing in size now for many years and we are bigger now than at any time in the band's history. With new members also comes the ability to fulfill more engagements, but as new pipers and drummers join the ranks, new uniforms and instruments need to be bought.
In an effort to continue funding our expansion, we are raising money in a number of ways.
If you would like to help us, please send a text to 70070 and type "RSPB35 £5" (or replace the amount with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10). Texts are free to send and we receive the full amount of any donations made thanks to JustGiving and Vodafone.
Remember, we are a charity (Registered Charity No: 1134221), and all monies raised go straight into supporting the band. Thank you for your support.