Based in Uddingston, South Lanarkhire, Scotland, the Pipe Band was formed on the 4th June 1972 by Wilson Shaw. Before this it was in the form of the Uddingston Boys Brigade which then broke away to form Uddingston Strathclyde Pipe Band. The band successfully progressed to Grade3 and competed at Grade2 level, but nowadays the band compete in Grade4.
The band's tartan has always been Princess Margaret Rose but have changed their appearance over the years. The band has went from black argyle jackets and glengarries to a cherry coloured argyle jacket, waistcoat and balmorals to the most recent bottle green Argyle jackets and waistcoats with Tam 0' Shanters.Now we have went back to our original Black Argyll Jackets, waistcoats and Glengarries with silver coloured ties. (Jack Comrie pictured right is wearing our former uniform) The Pipe Band also have Number 1 dress which includes Feather Bonnet and Hairy Sporrans but of which is now normally only worn at International Football Matches and special occasions.
Uddingston Strathclyde Pipe Band also has a younger band going by the name of Viewpark Highland. This band shares the same uniform and tartan as its Parent Band. This band has not competed for a number of years due to shortage of younger players but still continues to function within the organisation.
A few members are also multi talented playing instruments such as violin, guitar, didgeridoos, bodhrans and accordions and sometimes get together to perform at private functions and social nights.
The band has won many championships and competitions early on, and have also competed and performed all over the world. Such places have been Canada, Germany, Belgium, Spain,Italy, Jersey (Battle of the Flowers) and Dax, Quimper, Lorient and Chatellerault in France. The band have even performed on Opportunity Knocks and came second.
Last years (2005) Itinerary included a trip to the village of Sehestedt in Germany near Kiel. Together with the Village we put on the 3rd Highland Games for the Community, included in this was the usual heavy events such as Tossing the Caber, Putting the Stone and Tug-o-War. This was a huge success where more than 1000 people turned up to watch the spectacle, which in this area is a huge number. To see more about the Village and more about the Highland Games click on the link below. http://www.sehestedt.de
Next years' planned agenda We plan to go to Sehestedt in Germany every two years to stage some concerts and take part in the Sehestedt Highland Games. For details on this or any other issue regarding the Band email us at USPB@uddingstonpipeband.org or visit the diary page to view our engagements.