|Pipe Band in Argentina|
The St. Andrew's Society of the River Plate Pipe Band made its first public performance in October 1955, and it is considered as the first pipe band to be formed beyond the British Commonwealth. But this pipe band is a pioneer in the region in many other aspects such as being the first local pipe band in forming its own Dancing Corps (during the 1960s), the first to compete in Scotland (July 1990), the first in using many state of the art piping and drumming equipment, the first in having a fully operative website (since 1998), and the first pipe band in Argentina to produce a concert fully dedicated to pipebanding (SASRP Pipe Band In Concert! Oct-Nov 2001).
As well as playing at all of the SASRP events, the SASRP Pipe Band plays at many events organized by the British Embassy, the Argentine British Community Council, the Royal British Legion, the British Hospital, the Presbyterian and Anglican Churches, St. Andrew's Scots School, Universidad de San Andres, St. George's College, and Northlands School. In addition, the SASRP Pipe Band plays at many concerts related to the Celtic culture, and often commercial events.
The SASRP Pipe Band has keeps regular constant contact with the best pipers, drummers, Highland dancers and related associations in the world. Present members of the SASRP pipe band have attended lessons in Glasgow during 1990, 1991, 1992, and later in 1999. They took part of the first Highland Gathering in Rio de Janeiro (October 1999) and attended the concert and workshops conducted by the four-time World Pipe Band Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band at the Highland Arts Festival in Albany, New York (January 2001).
Our pipers, drummers and dancers have also participated at the Bagpipe & Celtic Festivals (throughout 1999-2004) and all the South American Pipe Band Gatherings (Montevideo: April 2004, Buenos Aires: October 2005, Santiago de Chile: April 2007). These events include workshops conducted by Scottish and Canadian pipers, drummers, and dancers such as Bob Worrall, Robert Mathieson, Hugh Cameron, Tyler Fry, Carleigh Leighton, Anna Bain, Donald MacKay, Gordon Craig, Kirsty Marsic, Jim McGillivray, Doug Stronach, Anne Milne, and others. SASRP Pipe Band members have also conducted workshops at some of these events.
Being one of the founding members, the SASRP Pipe Band is strongly supporting the recently formed Scottish Pipe Band Association of South America (www.spbasa.org , http://www.spbasa.org ).
The SASRP Pipe Band continually offers instruction to all interested in joining the Band. We are truly proud to say that our Pipe Band has instructed dozens of pipers, drummers and dancers since long before 1955.
Most of the present members of the Band are of Argentine nationality. We are mostly descendants of British and Irish families, although there are those with Italian, Spanish, French, and in one case, Flemish forebears