|We are Grade IV, located in Lancaster, PA, and are under the direction of Thompson McConnell, Pipe Major.|
The Ceol Neamh Pipe Band held its very first practice on April 14, 1998. Eight pipers attended the first practice led by Pipe Major Thompson McConnell. Since then, the band has grown and changed to its present membership and structure. The band currently has 26 pipers, 7 snares, 3 tenor drummers, 1 bass drummers, and a Drum Major.
The band's goal is to develop into one of the finest piping organizations in the world. In order to reach this goal, a piping & drumming school was started in an effort to teach and develop new pipers and drummers. Within a few short months, the beginners classes had grown to over 50 piping, 10 drumming, and 10 dancing students. New students are always welcome and encouraged.
The band made its first public appearance on September 30, 1998, when it appeared before a very appreciative audience in the New Holland Fair Parade. The band has performed concerts, parades, performances, picnics, etc. The band also performs in December at various locations throughout Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, to raise money for the Water Street Rescue Mission in a program they call 11 Pipers PipingTM. To date, the band has helped raise over $5,500.
The band started competing in 1999. Our first season was marked with a 1st Place finish at the Anne Arundel Scottish Games. Our second season saw us win a few more and Ceol Neamh finished the season ranked 4th place out of 90 bands in our grade.
The band regularly competes in Grade IV competitions throughout the east coast including the Eastern United States Pipe Band Championships in Fair Hill, Maryland, the Northeast U.S. Pipe Band Championships in Schenectady, New York, and the North American Pipe Band Championships at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario. The band is developing a Grade III level competition band.
Our band presents an annual concert featuring many outstanding talents at our Celtic Celebration held in March. Many thanks go out to Charlie Zahm, Tad Marks the Fiddler, and the Coyle School of Irish Dance for helping us present the finest in Scottish & Irish music and dance.