What Happened to The Ann Arbor Pipe Band ?
At the close of the 2009 season, members of the Ann Arbor Pipes and Drums and the Red Thistle Pipes and Drums agreed to terms to join forces and form the Detroit Caledonian Pipe Band.
With a fresh vision and approach, the combined members of the two bands combined into one singular, stronger unit for the 2010 competition season.
Detroit Caledonian Pipe Band is a newly formed organization that is a combination of two bands, the Ann Arbor Pipes and Drums and the Red Thistle Pipes and Drums. Both bands have won numerous awards in various competitions over the years. Detroit Caledonian was formed to create a larger more competitive band.
The main goals of Detroit Caledonian are to maintain a competitive band, provide instruction for those interested in learning the pipes or drums, and seek out those who want to become involved in a competitive pipe band. Although the band’s main focus is competing in Scottish games and events, it also supports Scottish heritage by performing at festivals, parades and other community events. The band’s mission is to pursue overall pipe band excellence, and to build a history and tradition for future generations of pipers and drummers in the southeast Michigan area.
Detroit Caledonian is a Grade 4 competition band and currently has over 25 members. The band wears the MacLachlan tartan and draws its members from Lower Michigan and Northern Ohio. Detroit Caledonian is a member and supporter of the Midwest Pipe Band Association (MWPBA), and performs and competes all over the Midwestern region of the United States and in Ontario, Canada.
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