News Release - Reading University Freshers' Fayre

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.

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 this year we performed at Chris Evan’s 2017 Car Fest South: sharing the same stage as Texas, Rick Astley and the Manic Street Preachers.

Competition band:

  • Achieved 3rd place in the All England Championships at Chatsworth this year
  • Four indoor and three outdoor competitions annually.
  • Aspiration to return to Worlds in Scotland with a credible grade 4b performance.

Youth band:

  • Started in 2016, addressing longer term sustainability. Working in Reading and district schools.
  • 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



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