In 1945 the 128th Glasgow Company of the Boys' Brigade formed a pipe band. They were successful until the mid 1970's, when sadly their numbers dwindled to just two. In 1975 Andy, who had been a Lieutenant and a piper in a neighboring B.B. Company, was asked to pick up the Pipe Major's reins and rejuvenate the band back to its old status.
Over the decades this former status was reached, then duly surpassed. The time came when boys became adults, who wanted to continue playing and also be a part of the maturing identity and culture. As time went on further members of the church and the surrounding community decided that they wanted to be part of the success story, and joined.
In the new millennium the band released their first CD, entitled “Oh Reely!”. This phrase was almost over-used within band circles, then it was noticed that many people out with the band used this comment upon being told about the CD. The title seemed somewhat perfect, I think you'll agree. We feel that the CD provides a well balanced mix of pipe band, solo piping, drumming and folk group music.
By the end of the 2001 season, Williamwood Pipe Band had started a second competing band under the leadership of Pipe Major Iain Melvin and Leading Drummer Jean McElholm. The band has since then has been steadily progressing and hope to make a mark in Grade 4B over the coming seasons! Meanwhile the development of the senior band had also been huge. In 2002 the band lifted the World Championship Title, and were also crowned Grade 4B champion of Champions with 21 points! This resulted in promotion to Grade 4A. In the new grade the band again lifted the World Championship Title and finished second in on the Champion of Champions table with 22 points. This again resulted in a promotion to Grade 3B.
In 2005 the bands 60th Anniversary, The band has undergone some changes. Long serving Pipe Major Andy Melvin handed over the reigns at the end of the season to Pipe Sgt Iain Wyper. The band is thoroughly looking forward to a new successful era under new leadership. The grade 4 band continues to improve and the future looks very bright for the Williamwood Organization as a whole.
For more information about any band event please feel free to email us.
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