News Release - Reading University Freshers' Fayre

On 26th September 2018 we took part in the Reading University Freshers' Fayre.  We are based right on the doorsteps of the University, so come along and see what we're all about, whether you are a piper or drummer, even if you've never played before, and maybe join the biggest pipe band in the South East.  You can also drop us an email or contact us via Facebook.

READ MORE about the band below

About Us:

The Reading Scottish Pipe Band delivers a unique combination of piping and social opportunities for its members.  

  • A wide variety of opportunities for public performance, including overseas.
  • Practice nights which combine social interaction with tuition and practice
  • Ability and confidence to perform credibly in competitions
  • Opportunities for individual performances.

The band looks good and sounds good, performing a wide repertoire of tunes led by Pipe Major Ron Paterson. We continually strive to deliver performances that delight customers. Standards are maintained through weekly practice, input of expert tutors and training weekends. The band membership plays together in different combinations at different times. We are a unified band whose members participate in all or some of our activities.

Carnival band:

  • Depending on the occasion the band could consist of 4 to 25 pipers, 1 to 6 sides and maybe a Drum Major.
  • Average 23 core gigs every year of public performances between 2012 and 2017.
  • All year-winter and summer carnivals, corporate performances, weddings.  
  • In August 2017 we performed at Chris Evan’s 2017 Car Fest South: sharing the same stage as Texas, Rick Astley and the Manic Street Preachers.
  • In 2018 the band returned to the World Championships in Glasgow, competing at Grade 4B

Competition band:

  • Achieved 1st place in the All England Championships at Chatsworth Grade 4 MSR 2018
  • At least three indoor and three outdoor competitions annually.
  • Aspiration to compete in the European Championships in 2019 following our performance in the World Championships 2018 in Glasgow.

Youth band:

  • Started in 2016, addressing longer term sustainability. Working in Reading and district schools.
  • Will take part in a National Youth Band show in Birmingham very soon
  • Aspiration to have a Youth Band playing as a unit in its own right.


  • 2-3 trips every year.
  • Strong social opportunity, parades and performances often watched by thousands of people.
  • Generally partially subsidised or self-funding

Practice nights:

Mondays and Fridays, 7:30-10:00pm

St Andrews Church, London Road, Reading RG1 5BD

More details about the band can be found on