The year 2000 marked the 50th year of the Dunvegan Girls' Pipes and Drums Band. This band originates from the Town of Westville, drawing band members from the town and surrounding areas.
Formed in 1950, the band continues to wear the tartans chosen at that time. The drummers wear the dress MacLeod Tartan, chosen in honour of Mrs. Dan MacLeod who held the first organized meeting for the band. The pipers wear the Red Wallace Tartan chosen to compliment the dress MacLeod.
When Dame Flora MacLeod of Scotland met the band at the opening of the Gaelic Maud in St. Anne's, Cape Breton, she was so impressed with the band that she asked it be named after her castle in Scotland, the Dunvegan.
Named by the mayor and town councillors of Westville as ambassadors for their community, the Dunvegan Girls' Pipes and Drums Band travels widely throughout Eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States. Sponsored almost entirely by the Band Mothers' Association, the girls and parents work year round to raise the necessary funds to finance the cost of running the band.
Some of the girls are daughters of former band members and it is not uncommon to have more than one girl from the same family in the band at the same time.
The Dunvegan Girls Pipes and Drums Band chooses to be non-competitive. The band performs at many parades and concerts throughout the summer and captures many awards for Best Pipe Band, including recent back-to-back wins in the Westville Canada Day Parade and the Pictou Lobster Carnival Parade.
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